Riding on a Range: Western Activities for Kids


Games, recipes, and activities for western fun.

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Games, recipes, and activities for western fun.

Here's a ten-gallon hat full of ideas to help kids use their imaginations all year long.

Design your own ranch brand

Make a buckin' bronco stick horse

Cook cowboy grub at the campfire or in the kitchen

Cut out a cowboy vest and chaps from paper bags

Hold a rodeo barrel race with your friends

Craft a cool bandana pillow

Entertain family with a western skit

Rhyme some silly or serious cowboy poetry

Plan a Little Wrangler Party

Much, much more

Provides information about what life is like for cowboys today, as well as in the past, introduces cowboy lingo and poetry, and gives ideas for how to experience some aspects of cowboy life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Any kid with a penchant for the Old West will delight in the informative paperback Riding on a Range: Western Activities for Kids by Lawson Drinkard, illus. by Fran Lee, which gives readers a taste of what life was like in the days of cattle drives. Cooking up some fun has never been easier than with activities detailing how to make your own chaps ("seatless protective leggings" to be worn over a cowboy's jeans) and spurs, as well as how to host your own "Little Wrangler Party." Cowboy lingo also included. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Aspiring cowhands will find plenty of information and many activities packed into this small book. Cowboy clothing, lingo, food, and rodeo events are described in detail, as are other Western customs. Full-color stylized illustrations on every page add appeal. Drinkard includes crafts, games, recipes, and party ideas. Creativity is stimulated: at one point, it is suggested that children use their newfound knowledge to create a play, while at another, they are asked to write a poem. The weakest aspect of the book is the craft instructions. Vague statements, such as "Cut a deeper opening in the back" can cause confusion when there is no diagram. "Enlarge this pattern for gauntlet 200%" may be too difficult for elementary students to figure out. Despite its flaws, this book holds enough interest to merit shelf space, as long as readers have adult help at hand.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586850364
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/8/2003
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Lawon Drinkard III practiced architecture for nearly twenty years. Currently as a private concultant, he works with individuals and leaders within organizations to seek and discover their inner purpose and to help them create futures full of meaning and worth.

Fran Lee has illustrated and designed many books in our activity book series including Cooking on a Stick, Haunting on a Halloween, Riding on a Range, Wishing on a Star, and Putting on a Party. Fran lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

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Read an Excerpt

A cowboy's job is working cows. Since cows live outside, that's where the cowboy spends most of his time--checking cows, doctoring cows, branding cows, gathering cows, moving cows, or driving cows to market. Sometimes cowboys work by themselves. And sometimes, when moving a whole herd of cows, they work in groups.

Today, in a world that has pickup trucks and four-wheelers, it's not too often that a cowboy has to spend the night outdoors as part of his job. But in days past, a cowboy could be on the trail for weeks without an indoor bed or a hot bath. Some would say that was the hardest part of the job, and some would say that was the best part of the job!

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Table of Contents


Beans and a Bedroll

Cowboy Duds

Cowboy Lingo



Cowboy Poetry

Cowboy Wave

Little Wrangler Party

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