J.P. asks from Glendale Heights, IL on January 07, 2011
Cowgirl Birthday Party Games
My daughter is turning 6 and wants to have a cowgirl party at home. We will have about 12-15 kids ranging in age from 3-8, mostly girls but a few boys. The one activity I'm planning is making hobby horses. But besides this craft I need to plan a few games. The problem is we are limited to a pretty small indoor space. I have 2 tables (1 large 1 small) for eating and making the craft, so I'm wondering about games that can be played sitting down at the tables? Open floor space is pretty limited. I do have a few other moms that will be there to help me, so I can even split them into groups to play games if necessary. Any suggestions would be appreciated! We've had all of our previous parties out somewhere due to the number of kids we invite, but she really wants this theme, so I'm willing to try it at home. Thanks!!!
J.L. answers from Minneapolis on January 07, 2011
I love http://www.orientaltrading.com/party-themes-and-events/th... for party supplies. They have craft ideas and kits too. I believe they have Western themed crafts. They also have really good Cowboy/Cowgirl party supplies, games, and toys. They even have life-sized scenes where the kids can put their face in a hole so it looks like they are a rodeo star roping a steer. A fun keepsake the kids can take home if you have a Polaroid or Digital Camera w/printer for instant pics.
You can take an old favorite game like "Pin the Tail " but for a twist put the tail on a Pony/Horse/Steer/Cow instead of Donkey
Teach them how to do a simple square dance and have a "Hoe Down!" and have plenty of fun hoe-down music in the background, or for the dance. Maybe teach a simple line dance and play more comtempo country music.
For downloadable music or callers see:
Assemble a small corral of stuffed animals to determine which child has the sharpest horse wrangling skills. Arrange rows of toy horses and wrap three to five plastic rings with jute or rope to simulate the look of a lasso. See which cowhands can land the most rings around the horses' necks in 30 seconds. If the stuffed toys are constantly tipping over, use a loop of duct tape to temporarily secure them to the ground.
Test the kids' dexterity with a rope tying contest using long, thin licorice whips. Start the cowboy party game by giving each child a piece of licorice. Ensure all of the licorice whips are the same length to avoid complaints. Award prizes to the kids who can tie the most knots in the licorice in five seconds without breaking the candy.
Discover which cowboy or cowgirl has the best aim and concentration with a horseshoe pitching contest. Set up a plastic horseshoe set on the lawn and give each child 10 chances to ring the stake with the horseshoe. Also award points for landing the horseshoe in a one-foot circle drawn around the stake. Let younger guests stand closer to the target.
Design a cowboy-themed obstacle course that guests must navigate while riding a wood broom horse. Set up obstacles like a row of pylons and inner tubes. Divide the guests into two teams. Have the first player "ride" the horse through the course and back to the finish line before handing the horse off to the next teammate. Present gifts to the team that completes the relay in the fastest time.
Avoid the Snake
Cowboys and cowgirls will need quick feet to avoid being "bitten" by wriggling rope snakes. Have each guest take a turn in a three-foot-wide "snake circle" drawn on the ground with chalk. Have two adults hold the ends of a rope running through the center of the circle. Require the player to jump and sidestep the "snake" as the adults wiggle the rope along the ground. Give prizes to the kids who can remain in the circle the longest without touching the rope. Make the cowboy game more challenging for older kids by moving the ropes faster or increasing the number of ropes to avoid.
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R.F. answers from Dallas on January 07, 2011
Photoshop a picture of your daughter on a horse....print out a lot of Cowboy hats and play "Pin the Hat on ________" - not sitting down, but they can stand in a line and it's not as childlike as pin the tail on the donkey.
You can also use bandanas as a gift/prop - have them cover their eyes, give them a piece of paper, and have them draw a horse blindfolded. It's pretty funny to see that they turn up with!
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M.T. answers from Abilene on January 07, 2011
We went to a 5 year old party where the mom made each child a horse, It was so fun that my child remembers the party, but not wu ho it was for 4 years later. She used green coconut for grass on the cake. She put toy horses on top.
We attended a school party with a rodeo theme that had kids lasso a fake horse, do a pony express race(passing mail to each other), and pin the tale on the horse of course(using sticky note arrows with the kids' names prewritten on them).
E.C. answers from San Francisco on January 07, 2011