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Design Your Own Gingerbread Cowboy

September's Poppins Book Nook theme was The Wild West.

When I think of "the wild west," cowboys, cacti, and deserts come to mind.

We read a few different books and ended up doing a very simple and last minute craft to go along with the book, The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires.

gingerbread cowboy art activity
A gingerbread cowboy outruns the rancher and his wife, javelinas, a roadrunner, a herd of cattle, but can he out-smart the coyote?  With a western flair, this classic tale of the gingerbread man is retold.  "Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me; I'm the Gingerbread Man."  

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To decorate your own cowboy gingerbread cowboy, grab a copy of The Gingerbread Cowboy from the library or purchase a copy to keep on your shelves.  


Children's Cowboy Craft

To get started I traced/ eye-balled the shape of the gingerbread cowboy onto white paper, then cut it out to make my cowboy outline.  

Next, I used the outline to cut the cowboy shape out of brown construction paper.  
gingerbread cowboy art

I opened a few books to show my 3 and 7 year old how they might want to decorate their cowboy and placed several colors of puffy paint in their reach for them to use at their leisure.  

Gingerbread Cowboy Art Activity

And, they had fun plenty of fun squirting the puffy paint that is for sure! 

gingerbread cowboy preschool art craft

Stay tuned for more Poppins Book Nook activities next month! 

We'll be traveling Beyond our Planet!

But before you go, take a second to see what other books and activities were done this month for The Wild West theme!