Fun, Games, Dance
Stick Horse Whoadeo
Today's Snack: Let's make Horsie Gorp Trail Mix! First, preheat the
oven to 375 degrees and rub vegetable oil on a cookie sheet. In a medium bowl,
measure 1½ C. dry oatmeal cereal and mix with ¼ C. vegetable oil, ¼ C. honey,
and 1 tsp. vanilla. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool.
Break into clumps. When thoroughly cool, mix with 1 C. peanuts, 1 C. raisins
and 1 C. M&M's and place into serving-size zip-lock bags. Yahoo!
Stick horse, either
made out of an old sock with yarn, felt, plastic bags or newspaper for
stuffing, and a stick or dowel . . . or from a paper bag with stuffing stapled
or hot-glued inside two sides of the horse's head, or older children can punch
holes all around the two sides with stuffing between and lace string through
the holes to sew together; a giftwrap tube makes a good stick for short-term
use, but if you expect a lot of ropin' and ridin', go with a real stick or
dowel cut to the child's height, because cardboard sticks get bent
For whoadeo games:
Ideally, you'll have
at least eight kids, each with a stick horse,
but for larger groups,
it's easy to share stick horses and take turns "riding"
10-12 soccer cones or
some other way to mark out an "arena"
(milk jugs half-filled
with sand will work)
Two 55-gallon barrels,
two tall orange cones or two soccer flags
Duct tape or masking
tape, or marking chalk, to mark starting lines
One red bandanna or
colorful fabric square
Stopwatch or watch
with a second hand
2 cowboy hats
If you can borrow or
buy cowboy hats for all to wear, it adds to the fun
racers go at a time
the playground or other flat space, place the two barrels, cones or soccer
flags fairly far apart. Organize the children or youth into two lines. Show
them the figure 8 shape they should ride their stick horses for the race.
Usually, the two racers want to go to the left of the far barrel and around it,
back to the near barrel and around it, then back to the far barrel, and then
race back to the starting line. No pushing or contact with the other racer is
allowed. Whoever wins the race gets two points, and the other racer gets one
point. After everybody has gone at least three times, see if anybody has six
points, and arrange run-offs if they do, until you have a winner.
of two riders and one "calf"
a student to be the "calf." The "calf" will not ride a stick horse. Stick the
bandanna or colorful fabric square in the student's waistband of pants or
shorts. The "calf" is supposed to try to elude the "ropers," while the "ropers"
try to pull the bandanna out as fast as they can. To start a round, the "calf"
stands in the middle of the "arena," and the two students on the first team can
either start from the same end or two different ends. It will quickly become
apparent how important teamwork is to this game. Start the stopwatch or mark
time with a second hand, and see how many seconds it takes for one of the two
"ropers" - while riding their stick horses -- to pull the bandanna off the
"calf." Keep going 'til everybody has tried it on a team at least once. Then
it's fun to let the "calf" try roping and get a new "calf" for some more turns,
to see if they can knock seconds off their time.
of four riders
two starting lines with duct tape or chalk, fairly far apart. Line up two
equals lines of students behind each line, opposite their teammates. It works
best to have four students on a team, two behind each of the two lines. The two
students on the two opposing teams who are going to go first wear a cowboy hat
and are straddling their stick horses. When the adult yells "Go!" both students
on the two different teams ride off toward their teammate on the other end.
They have to get behind that line, take the cowboy hat off, put it on their
teammate, and then the teammate rides back across the field to the original
starting line and does the same thing - gets behind the line, takes off the
cowboy hat, puts it on the third team member, etc. The first team to have all
four of its team members done with the relay first is the winner. You can have
heats and a championship relay if you wish.
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