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Friday, March 9, 2012

Cowboy Unit ~ Preschool Corner

From the moment we started this week of Cowboys, there have been four gun-toting, bandana wearing, {rain} boot wearing cowboys running around my house and yard.  Wanted signs have been posted on the walls and as much as I tried, I could not convince the kids that KALEB was the one who was learning about cowboys and the west…not them.

I had to outlaw toothpicks in mouths and feet propped up at the tables, as four kiddos seemed to forget that it was possible for cowboys to have manners. On the bright side, they enjoyed it immensely. :)

Kaleb woke up on Monday morning to find the following sign up in our kitchen {I replaced the picture later that day for him, after he put on a ‘cowboy shirt and chewed a toothpick for good measure}:

Wanted poster

During the week we read a variety of books, but the one we enjoyed the most was Cowboy Small by Lois Lensky.  Every day we worked on some of the printables from the Cowboy Printable Pack and also did a few hands-on activities.

Cowboy Printables

The ‘which two are the same’ worksheet from the Cowboy Printable Pack was one that threw Kaleb for a little loop this week {and one I’ll have to start making more of in future packs!}. He liked it and didn’t get frustrated with it, but it was nice to mix it up a little bit for him. :) He’s also beginning to enjoy {well, complain less} about cutting out pieces and his scissor skills are getting better too.

Cowboys-1 Cowboys-2

The horse in the book Cowboy Small  was named Cactus, so it was fun

Cucumber Cactuses

Kaleb was so excited to put together the cucumber cactus craft. It seemed so simple, but he spent quite a bit of time working on it and had it proudly displayed on the counter for all to see {and/or nibble on}.


Other Crafts

Kaleb made a few other basic crafts ~ a cactus out of construction paper. He glued pieces of rice onto the cactus to look like the thorns popping out and small pieces of tissue paper for the flowers.

Cowboys-3 Cactus craft

We traced Kaleb’s foot to make a Footprint Horse {via Busy Bee Crafts}.

Footprint Horse Craft Footprint Horse Craft

Here’s a quick peek at Kaleb’s desk area this week. His cowboy song {from the Cowboy Printable Pack}, the Wanted poster, a few of his crafts and other school things are all around his desk.

Cowboy Preschool Theme

There were so many other things that I had wanted to do with Kaleb during this week ~ but we didn’t get to do, mainly because the kids were having so much fun playing cowboy, sheriff, and such on their own together ~ and I wasn’t about to interrupt that!

Other Helpful Cowboy Unit Links

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Download the Cowboy Printables pack!!

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