Cowboys and Indians is a favourite game to play for many children. Cowboy horses, sheriff stars, sheriff vests, Indian headdresses, bows and arrows and toy guns outfit a child to play western games. Have the kids make several of these items at home. Homemade cowboy and Indian items provide hours of fun.
Make an Indian headdress by using a strip of construction paper for the band and craft feathers for the rest of the headdress. One large craft feather stapled to the back indicates an Indian brave. An Indian chief headdress is created by stapling feathers around the entire headband. Decorate the headband using crayons, markers, coloured pencils or paint prior to attaching the feathers. Staple the completed headdress together after the feathers have been attached so it fits the child perfectly. Use tag board, poster board or railroad board strips instead of construction paper so the headdress will last longer.
Make feathers using construction paper if craft feathers are not available. Add the feather lines using crayons, markers or coloured pencils.
Create a cowboy vest from a large paper grocery bag. Cut the bag apart to shape the vest and add arm holes. Decorate the outside of the vest using crayons, coloured pencils, markers or paint. Use western motifs and stitching around the edges. Add a sheriff's star to one side to create a sheriff's vest.
Make a sheriff's badge by using yellow felt, sequins or beads, a safety pin, markers and glue. Embellish the top of the badge to give it sparkle. Use a safety pin to secure the homemade sheriff's badge. Puffy paint or glitter tube paint work well to add a border around the edge of the star.
Make a cowboy lanyard by braiding yarn, embroidery floss, string or cord. A piece of construction paper, a large four-holed button or plastic is used to make the lanyard pull. Decorate the lanyard pull prior to placing it on the lanyard.
Every cowboy or Indian needs a horse to ride the range. Make a hobby horse using a dowel, tube sock or monkey sock, stuffing, googly eyes, wire tie and milkweed pods. The head is made from the sock while the ears are made from dried milkweed pods. Add a rein using a strip of fabric, braided yarn, rope or cording.
Make a fancy bandannas out of a triangle cut from a piece of fabric or a square kitchen towel. Decorate the towel with a western design using markers. The sheriff wears the bandanna around his neck in a pointed fashion where a bad cowboy wears the bandanna over her nose and mouth.
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