Wild West Theme
Horseshoes - of course!
Wanted -Scavenger hunt.
Cow Lasso - Use several clean large white milk jug containers. With a
black permanent marker, draw spots on the white jug
containers to resemble cow spots. Fill the 'cows' with water or sand to
help weigh them down, then replace the tops. Cut about 20" of heavy rope
for each lasso that is needed. Form a circle by securing the ends together
with duct tape. Take turns tossing the rope over the 'cows'.
Pony race - use 2 pogo ponies or 2 brooms for a relay race.
Find the missing Cowboys and Indians - hide plastic figures around the
area. Whoever finds the most wins a prize.
Rattlesnake! - Fill a tube sock with newspaper and a small rattle. Use a
rubber band to tie the end of the sock off. Play this game like Hot
Potato, by having the children sit in a circle and passing the rattlesnake
around while music is playing. When the music stops, the person holding
the snake is out.
Tin can shoot - Have children take turns trying to shoot an empty soda can
or soda bottle off a chair use sling shots which they can make.
Shoot Out - Using water pistols, shoot out flames on candles.
Cowboy Relay - Dress up with cowboy hats, sheriff badges, bandanas.
Have a sack of cowboy clothes for each team. Player A runs to the
end of the field (or room) and dresses up, then runs back to the line,
takes off cowboy clothes and tags the next player. Player B dresses
up, runs to end of field, undresses and runs back to tag player C.
Pin the Tail on the Horse
Lasso games (capture large stuffed animal)
Paint old west town made out of cardboard boxes (saloon, blacksmith, bank)
Star cookies, decorate to look like Sheriff badges.
Round-up: Form teams. Each team gets a balloon and broom. They need to
drive the "cow" balloon through obstacle course.
Lasso: Need: 4 Embroidery hoops, Cardboard, cut out cactus shape large
enough to hold hoops. If you use boxes you can incorporate the stand into
the cactus. Players try to toss hoop over cactus limb.
Gold Rush: Need pennies. Bury pennies in sand and let kids find them.
Gold Nugget Rush: Paint rocks with gold paint or purchase candies in gold
foil (any kind will do) scatter about and have a mad rush to see who
collects the most gold.
Wild and Weary Trail: Set up obstacle course, need stop watch, on the
course children start out by having to put on a holster (cap gun included
- no caps required) have to run through the course, first stop pick up the
broom (horse on a stick, gallop to the next phase pick up the hat and
bandana must set horse aside to do so, get back on the horse, follow trail
come to snake pass (rubber snakes or anything of the like will do) must
use gun from your holster to shoot them. Cross the Coral Fence
(construction horses, Chairs with 2x4's anything to create a hurdle) then
onto the final leg have them ring the dinner bell (either an old cow bell,
jingle bells, triangle with chime anything for the feel of it) If weather
permits you can have a watering hole and either dowse the person with
garden hose or water balloons and then to cross the finish line.
Lost wagon: group kids into 2-3 'wagon trains' then 1 is 'it' (the lost
wagon) they try to 'join' the wagon trains, but the wagon trains don't
want them......or divide group into wagon trains of 5-6 kids give each
group a hula hoop their 'wagon''. then set up a course of obstacles they
all have to have a hand on the 'wagon' then move around
course..........but when 'caller' yells "BANDITS!" they all climb inside
'wagon' then continue moving around the course..... then when "CIRCLE THE
WAGONS" is called the 'wagon' is dropped, then all must get inside and
stand still until told to go on. 1st wagon and team to reach the end wins!