Perhaps your child has a love of horses or aspires to be a cowboy. Horseshoe inspired crafts are a way to bring a little of the old American western culture to your home. Kids can make their own classic horseshoe game and get creative with glue, paint and other basic craft items.
Homemade Horseshoe Game
This game is as entertaining to make as it is to play. You'll need two wooden dowel rods that are at least 12 inches long, some foam board, paint and a utility knife. Lay the dowels out on a sheet of newspaper and allow children to paint them in a bright colour. These will serve as your stakes. Draw or trace a horseshoe on to your foam board, then cut it out with your utility knife. Use your cutout to trace three more horseshoes on to your foam board, then cut them out as well. Once the dowel rods are dry, take them outdoors and push them into the ground a few feet apart. Give children the horseshoes and let the game begin.
Gather up some large pieces of paper, paper plates, sponges and craft paint. Make several horseshoe stamps by cutting out horseshoe shapes from sponges. You can vary the sizes if you like. Supply each child with a large piece of paper and place various colours of paint in the paper plates. Let children dip their horseshoe stamps into the paint and press the stamps onto the paper to make "horse tracks."
You'll need glue, some magnetic strips or squares, various decorating items such as beads and paint and a horseshoe cutout that will serve as your frame. Many craft stores have a wide variety of wooden cutouts that are thin and lightweight--one of these in a horseshoe shape is ideal. If you can't find a wooden cutout, you can make your own frame from thick foam board or heavy duty cardboard. Simply draw a horseshoe on the foam and cut out with a utility knife. Give each child a horseshoe to paint and decorate as they wish. Trim a favourite picture so it fits in the horseshoe, with the edges just touching the frame. Glue it in place, then attach a few magnetic strips to the back outside edge. You can also make a hanger by gluing a ribbon to the top of the frame.
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