Friday, May 1, 2015

Preschool Story Time: Giddy-up Horsie!

Here was a theme idea totally based on the craft I had found on Pinterest.  I was so enamored with it, I decided to have a Western theme and bring in the Cowboys and Horses!

Do Cowboys Ride Bikes - Tucker
Written in verse, this book explains some of the things cowboys do and do not do.  It is a good book for new vocabulary and discussion.

Felt Activity - Dress The Cowboy
I found the following poem on THIS WEBSITE.  Actually there are tons of resources out there for a Western story time, and I really recommend this site.  Seeing that they suggested to make the pieces out of felt, that is exactly what I did.  This is in my EARLY days of felting as you can see by my use of markers instead of puffy paint.  I suggest you read the poem aloud and wait for responses from the group.  They will love participating!

A Cowboy Dresses Himself with Care

A Cowboy Dresses Himself with Care.
He starts with long, red ______(UNDERWEAR).
Out in the desert, you don't want to get hurt, 
So the cowboy wears a strong wool ______(SHIRT).
Deserts and prairies are the cowboy's scenes;
To protect his legs, he wears sturdy blue______(JEANS).
The cowboy bent, and ran, and knelt.
To keep his pants up, he wore a leather ______(BELT).
The coyote howls, the old owl hoots.
On his feet, he wears leather ______(BOOTS).
It isn't yellow, so it's not a banana;
Around his neck, he wears a soft ______(BANDANA).
A cowboy is a cowboy, and that is that!
On top of his head, he wore a ten-gallon ______(HAT).
He's all dressed from head to feet,
And now our cowboy can't be beat! 

And here he is dressed! I let the kids each have a piece and let them place the pieces on the cowboy when we got to their piece.  They loved it.  I even left the pieces up for after story time play.

Horseplay - Wilson
All the horses want to do is horseplay all night long!  What is the farmer to do?  This is a fun book that keeps the kids wondering what those crazy horses are up to!

Song and Action Rhyme

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain!
She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes.  She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes.  She’ll be comin’ round the mountain, she’ll be comin’ round the mountain,  she’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes.

She’ll be riding six white horses when she comes…..

And We’ll all come out to meet her when she comes…..

Action Rhyme: 10 Little Cowboys
10 little cowboys standing in a row. (Stand up straight)
When they see a pretty girl, they bow like so.(hand behind back and bow)
They ride to the left, they ride to the right, (pretend you are on a horse. Gallop one way, then the other)
and then they shut their eyes and they say good night! (Fold arms and pretend to sleep)

Let's Sing a Lullaby of Brave Little Cowboy - Thomas
Jan Thomas books are hysterical!  I always look forward to using these books in story time.  But remember to go big for maximum laughs!

I couldn't wait to get to my craft, but I had plenty of books ready in case I had an especially attentive crowd.  Here are my extra picks:

Giddy-Up Cowgirl-Krosoczka

Clip-Clop - Smee

She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain - Sturges

Craft - Stick Horses
This took effort but OH MY so worth it!  I did this theme in January so I was able to ask the moms to bring in Christmas Paper Rolls that they had left over from Christmas.  Once I gathered enough, all I needed was brown paper bags for the heads (stuffing was newspaper shreds), markers, colored paper for the ears, yarn for the hair, eyes and masking tape.
The best part was, I used our jingle bells on hand as 'spurs'!  I put a set on each little leg and off we went on a horse parade around the library.  It was so fun!!  Giddy-up!!

The craft made the whole theme worth it.  Usually I do not advocate stuffing together books for the sake of a theme, but horses was a good choice.  Now I am thinking up other ideas for the craft.  Unicorns anyone?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Absolutely Awesome!! Love the theme and the craft is the best. Genius to ask for Christmas paper rolls. I'm pinning this for future reference!

    1. Thank you Kathryn! You might discover that many Christmas paper rolls aren't rolls any longer but those heavy paper centers can always be taped closed in a pinch. Good Luck and have fun!

  2. What an amazing preschool story it was!! I loved reading it. Could you please provide a printable version for this story? Actually I am a Phoenix preschool teacher and would love to use it in my class.

    1. Sorry Joshua, I don't have a printable version.