Puffy Paint Gingerbread Cowboy Craft


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.

The Gingerbread Cowboy 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.  


The Gingerbread Cowboy Activity

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.  

The Gingerbread Cowboy Craft for Children

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 Craft Activity

And, they had plenty of fun squirting the puffy paint to design their own gingerbread cowboy that is for sure! 

puffy paint gingerbread cowboy activity

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!