47 Fun Wild West Activities for Kids [Western Themed Party Ideas] (2022)

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Wild West Activities for Kids and Western Themed Party Ideas

What child doesn’t love playing cowboys and indians? Here you will find some of the best wild west activities for kids as well as some western themed party ideas. Saddle up and let’s get planning.

Yee-Haaa! Cowboys, Indians, Ranches, Horses, Cows, Trails, and good old ‘Grub’ is what we think of when planning a ‘Wild West’ Theme! The following ideas are good for a Western, Frontier, or Ranch Theme or Party.

Several of the following activities have beengathered fromother areasofKidActivities site….many however…are uniqueto this theme! Find Art, Crafts, Games, Snacks and more to make your ‘Western Ranch’ theme complete!

REMEMBER…when you’rr planning a themed eventfor a camp,school or child care program, making decorations and crafts BEFORE and FOR the festivities —is part of the fun! Include the kids as much as possilbe.


Western Themed ART andCRAFTIDEAS


Animal crackers (Horses, Cows, Sheep, etc.)
Craft glue
Crayons or markers, etc.
Colorful paper.
Draw, color, paint a ranch yard scene on paper using crayons or other materials. Glue on the animal crackers to complete yourranch scene.


2. STRAW PAINTING (As in ‘straw found ona ranch’ not a drinking straw)

Need: Straw, Paint
Directions: Have children use pieces of straw for paint brushes. Use different colors and experiment with different looks and methods. Add the pieces of straw to the pictures, when the paintings are complete.


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byJason-Grade 1
Materials: colored paper, glue, scissors
This project is great for practicing cutting and gluing skills AND makes a great display.

Put out supplies and a copy of this image; have kids make their own version…Source Art teacherMichal Austin



Materials: Chicken Wire, tape, natural raffia, gingham ribbon, old blue jeans etc.
1. Cut squares of small-holed chicken wire.
2. Put masking tape around the sharp edges.
3. Set out assorted lengths of natural raffia, gingham ribbons and narrow strips ripped from old blue jeans.
4. The children weave them in and out of the holes.



Need: Brown paint, paper, brown marker
1.Take brown paint and paint a child’s hand.
2.Press the hand down on paper–WITH fingers pointing down.
3.The fingers are the legs and the thumb is the head.
4.Draw the mane and hoofs; add eyes and tail…


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Materials: 9×12″ white paper, crayons
Transform handprints into horses!
Trace around hands with black crayon, then turn the paper over so the fingers are pointing down.
Have children draw details to turn the hands into a horse; add a background.Drawing byaKindergarten student of Kansas art teacherMichael Austin.


6. ANIMAL CRACKER PIN(Horses, sheep, cows, etc.)

To make this craft project you will need animal crackers, a flat backed pin, clear nail polish or varnish, and some craft glue. To begin coat your animal cracker with the polish or varnish in a well ventilated area and let it dry. Next glue it to a pin.

The sample made by KidActivities.net was first painted and then covered with many coats of clear nail polish.


7. I’M A COWBOY/COWGIRL! Three project ideas…

Draw around child’s body on a very large sheet of paper.
From this point you can gothree ways.

1.Onto the traced bodies…have children draw on western gear, Cowboy hat, shirt vest, bandanna, jeans, boot, etc.
They’ll look cute taped around the room..

2.You could also use the traced body shape and dress it much like a collage. Draw and color on a shirt.
Next–Use brown paper/grocery bags to make and glue on a vest and chaps.
Add a bandana made from napkins or paper with a western pattern. Can they make ‘cowboy’ hat shapes?
Finish off with boots made from brown or black construction paper.

3.MAKE A COLLAGE:Using the blank body shape, fill it in with anything and everything to do withthe theme. Put magazines and more magazines on your parent’s wish list. (Make sure the requestgoes out only for ‘appropriate magazines)

Have children look for and cut out pictures ofcowboys, anything from western or frontier days, horses, cows, sheep, open land, mountains, rivers, sunsets, camp fires, marshmallows, franks and/or beans, farm houses, ranches, line dancing, boots, jeans, cowboy hats, barns, rodeos, bandanas, huitar, fiddles (violins), upright piano, cabins, anything Indian, etc.

(TIP: you’ll find a lot of theme relatedimages in ‘party catalogues’ such as Oriental Trading, Shindigz, etc,)

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There was a time when ‘frontier mothers’ made yarn dolls for their young children–and older kids made them for themselves!
For directions visit the‘Yarn Doll’ page



THE BASIC BAND: Cut a 2″ wide strip of paper long enough to go around the head with an overlap of about 1″. Staple ends together.

• INDIAN HEAD DRESS #1: Make a basic band; tape or staple feathers to the band.

• INDIAN HEADBAND #2: Cut brown construction paper into strips; fit it around child’s head and staple or tape ends together. Cut feathers out of scrap.

• INDIAN VEST TO GO WITH HEADBANDS: Cut a vest from a brown paper bag, cut a slit up the front and neck and arm holes. To decorate, either cut out construction paper shape (arrows, sun, designs, etc.) and glue them on.

(Video) The Oregon Trail (The Wild West)



Staple a Styrofoam bowl onto a sturdy paper plate. (Decorate/color/paint the hat parts ‘before or after’ joining of bowl and hat.)
Punch a hole each side of where the bowl is stapled. Put a long string, ribbon or sturdy yarn through the holes– tie loosely under the chin. Be sure to put together so no choking is possible.
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CACTUS ART…Just let the kids create!!!

Create an open art table by putting out construction paper, water color paints, torn tissue paper andtooth picks or straight, uncookedpasta pieces.

The image on the right is a construction paper cactus, with broken pasta pieces (the spines)and red tissue flowers. All are placed on a water color background.

The firstsample is made by afourth grade student of Shannon Stewart and theone on the rightby a first grader.(SeeKids GalleryCategory-Grades 1 to 3)Other examples of children’s western themed art is also featured there…



Material: Thin rope, card stock or heavy paper, glue

1. Dip short lengths of clothing line into a bowl of glue.
2. On card stock, loop and place the rope onto the paper, trying to shape it into a lasso.
3. Allow to dry completely.


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Paper towel tubes, paint, google eyes,decorations of choice

•Cut the paper towel roll into six sections of similar width.

•Paint the sections- decorating with glitter glu, and other details as desired.
•Once the paint is dry, apply googly eyes and glue a red felt forked tongue to the ‘head’ tube section.
•Loop yarn around last section and tie
•Thread the yarn through the rest of the section, leaving it loose at the head as a leash to pull the snake.Idea/Photo is fromFreePreschoolCraftsby Devanie Angel



Simply purchase some western themed temporary tatoos. Following package direction –‘brand’ the children–make a sizzle sound while applying the water onto the paper when it is on the skln!



Cut sponges into horseshoe shapes.
Place ‘horsehoes’ in shallow containers with small amounts of tempera paint.
Stamp onto large pieces of paper.

The finished art can be used as wrapping paper or interesting works of art!



→Put hay on the floor (check to make sure no one is allergic)

→Using plush animals and puppets–Decorate withranch/frontier/western animals such as horses, cows, pigs, chickens, etc.

→Make or buy some stick horses

→Make a pretend campfire in the middle (rolled up newspaper with yellow and orange crepe paper)

→Can you find a saddle and/or other cowboy themed gear?

→Provide traditional cowboy clothing for dress-up…shirts, hats, vests, boots, chaps, sheriff badges, bandanas



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In case you haven’t played in awhile– Horseshoes is an outdoor game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a sand area. Each side takes turnstossing their ‘shoes’ to the other side at the stakes in the ground.

The closest one to thetaget wins.
The aim is to get a ‘Ringer’ which means to wrap the Horseshoe around the post when it is thrown. (It is traditional to place stakes 30-40 feet apart; however, when playing with younger children, place the posts closer to each other.)The game pieces are traditionally metal–however rubber sets aresold for youngerchildren.


1 point is given for each horseshoe that is closer to the stake than the opponent’s horseshoe.
3 points are given for each “ringer”. (Pair 1 both throw there horseshoes and then pair two throw theirs.)
Continue playing until one team reaches the 21-point goal. (Or what the children decide the goal will be)


15. PASS THE CORN GAME(Ages 4 – 10)

Divide the children into two teams (or as many as you need) and have them form two lines. You will need a cob of dried Indian corn for each team.

1. At the signal “go”, the corncob is to be passed from child to child. The catch is that they can use any part of their bodies, except their hands.
2. If the corn touches the ground at any time, it must go back to the beginning of the line again.
3. Whichever team manages to get the corn to the end of the line first wins the game.
4. The corn can also be used in a relay, with the kids putting the corn between their knees, and racing “crab” style”.


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16. Play “TRADTIONAL GAMES”with a Western Twist!

1.Instead of ‘Simon Says’ play “THE RANCHERS SAYS”…or “THE COWBOY/COWGIRL SAYS”…


2. Instead of Old McDonald Had a Farm…Sing “OLD MCDONALD HAD A RANCH”, complete with very loud sound effects. Each child or section can be given a different animal to act out.


3. Instead of Mother May I? play “COWBOW OR RANCHER MAYI?”

•All the children line up side by side except the player who is the caller.
•The caller stands at a distance from the lined up players.
•He/she calls on each player in turn to take a number of steps toward him. The steps allowed are: baby steps, giant steps, and scissor steps (like forward jumping jacks.)
•The player answers “Cowboy, may I?”
•The Cowboy answers “Yes, you may.” The player takes the prescribed number of steps toward the caller. If the player forgets to ask permission after they get directions— and takes steps toward the caller— they are sent back to the starting line.
•The first player to reach the caller is the winner and new caller.

OR other versions such as: Pin the Tail on the Cow, Pin the Tail on the Horse, Put the Hat on the Cowboy or Rancher, etc.


5. Instead of “Duck, Duck, Goose” play “COW, COW, HORSE”

While young children think “Duck, Duck, Goose” is fun—those over grade 2 may take offense with playing a “Baby” Game…that’s when you try the game with a “Themed” title.
It’s still Duck, Duck, Goose—but with a different name!
Have children sit in a circle…
One person is “It”.
This person runs around the circle touching the players on the back saying: “Cow, cow, cow”
When “It” touches a player and says “Horse”, that person must chase “It” around the circle.
“Horse” tries to tag “It” before he/she gets home. (It would also be fun if you had the kids gallop around the circle instead of run!)


6.Instead of “Drop the Clothespin in the Bottle”–playDROP THE SNAKE IN THE BOOT or COWBOY HAT!

Cowboy Boot or hat and flexible rubber or plastic snakes

•Place a cowboy boot or cowboy hat on the ground.
•If children are young, have them stand over the boot/hat and drop the snake in the boot.In the original clothes pin version of the game–the child would kneel on a chair. He/she would face the back of the chair. A large-mouthed bottle would be directly below the back of the chair–where the children would drop the clothespin straight down. The child with the most clothes pins in the bottle won.

• Have older children stand farther back and attempt to toss it into the boot or hat.



(This could also be called Zoo, Ocean, Circus, or Outer Space, if you are having a “Theme”; You’d just change the names to go with the theme and adjust the team names.)

1. Depending how many children you have–form teams. You can have anywhere from 3 Teams to ?????
2. Teams are in their groups and one end of the gym.
3. Players in teams have DESIGNATED NAMES:Sheep, Cows, Horses, Pigs, etc. (Any animal that is on a ranch)
4. Two or three persons are “It” in the middle of the room.
5. “It” calls out the names of the animals (Example – Sheep)
6. All sheep must run to the pen at the opposite end of the room without being caught.
7. When “BARNYARD” is called, everyone must run to the opposite end.
8. Penalty for being caught is to run all around the barnyard (A LAP OF THE GYM) once— and then they can come back in the game!(Remember to change the “It” people)


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  • Before the game, inflate two white balloons.
  • Attach short pieces of black curling ribbon to make sheep tails (or longer for cattle tails)and use a black marker to draw faces on them.
  • To play, divide players into two teams.
  • Give the first player on each team a broom, or fly swatter,to herd their team’s sheep across the room and back to the next player in line.
  • The first team to finish herding their sheep wins!
  • (You may want to have “sheep” clones ready in case the originals pop.)



Place a hay bale inside a plastic swimming pool and pull it apart.
Hide Ranch Themed treasures inside the bale. (Watch for asthma and allergies)



This game can be played individually or in teams. If playing in teams–assign ‘theme related names’ such as Ranchers and Herders, Cowboys and Indians, Sheriffs and Cowboys, etc.

1.Set up a pair of COWBOY BOOTS several feet away from each other…
2.Using smaller sized hula hoops, try to throw the hoops and ‘ring’ the boots.
The individual or team who get the most hoops on the boots wins.

If you have several pairs of cowboy’s boots, you can play the opposite way. Instead of throwing the rings around the boots—THROW THE BOOTS INTO THE RINGS!

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Don’t forget aboutSQUARE DANCING, LINE DANCING, OR THE TWO STEP!Do you know or can you hire a caller?

Yes, if handled right–kids WILL dance. Check out thisYou Tube videoof ‘very young children’ dancing! You don’t have to be perfect to have fun!



Have children pretend to be gold miners.
Paint very small rocks, gold.
Hide them in the sand.
Give your children small sifters to sift through the sand looking for gold.

If desired, have the kids trade the nuggets in for prizes



Partners assume the Wheel barrow and pusher position.
On the signal, advance to the turning point where they change positions and return to the starting line.



If you are lucky enough to have a feed supply store near by, burlap sacks can be purchased inexpensively. If not, old pillow cases will do. A soft grassy park or lawn will prevent scrapes. (I purchased sacks at Oriental Trading. Barb)

Each player steps into his/her sack with both feet.
Pull the sack high enough to hold the edges.
Practice hopping first, until all of the players get the hang of it.
Identify the start and finish lines.
Blow the whistle and go!
Adjust the race with obstacles for more excitement—-or if it’s summer add sprinklers…


24. Western Food Ideas for Kids

(Great ‘Decorating Ideas’and ‘Themed Jokes’ arebelowFood Ideas)

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  • Beans & Franks
  • Pork & beans–made from dried beans and chunks of salt pork
  • Hot Dogs & Chips
  • Chili
  • Chili laddled over/in a bag of Fritos (Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese)
  • Beef stew (Cooked in a crock pot all day with potatoes, carrots & onion, etc)
  • Sloppy Joes……Macaroni & Cheese
  • Barbequed Beef, Ribs, or Chicken
  • Corn on the Cob, Watermelon
  • Cornbread


Are you serving a group of kids that all like something different? Put out several ingredients from the below list:

  • Raisins
  • Goldfish crackers, plain or cheese
  • Chex cereal
  • Life cereal
  • Cheerios
  • Square pretzels or pretzel sticks
  • Nuts (only if no children in your group are allergic to nuts)
  • Raisins or Yogurt covered raisins, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Your choice of M&M’s, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, small chewy candies, etc.

1. Put the variety of ingredients out in bowls.
2. After children wash their hands–give them each a baggie. (To keep track of whose is whose – have them write their name on it) The ingredients will then go into each child’s baggie with their choice of mixes.

TIP:Let children know how much ‘measurement-wise’ they can take of offered foods; also how many choices they can have. Example: Eash child can take 1/2 cup of 4 food choices offered.


1. In a large bowl, add any type of cereals (Cheerios, Kix, Rice Krispies, etc.)
2. Mix in pretzel sticks, fish crackers, small snack crackers, raisins, oyster crackers, M&M’s, etc. Almost anything that is left-over in the pantry.
3. Mix well, and place in individual sandwich baggies or paper cups.
This is a great “take-along field trip snack” or “take it outdoors snack”… It will also help you clean out those “little leftovers” in your food storage.

2 cups animal shaped graham crackers
1 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup raisins
Mix together. Store in sandwich bags or covered container.

1 (15 ounce) box Fruit Loops cereal
1 15 ounce) bag mini pretzel twists
1 (1 pound) bag M&M’s
1 box raisins
1 can salted peanuts
Mix all together and store in airtight container.


2 cups ‘NESTLE GOOBERS’ Milk Chocolate-Covered Peanuts
2 cups small pretzel twists
Miniature marshmallows
1 cup raisins
1 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
1 cup coarsely chopped dried apples
Combine Goobers, pretzels, marshmallows, raisins, apricots and apples in large bowl.
Makes 10 servings.
Recipe Source: Nestle & Meals.com

Mix pretzels, Corn Pops, Rice Chex, etc.
Pre-make or put ingredients out—and have children mix what they like…

Put out chocolate pudding.
In separate bowls put out M&M’s, nuts, raisins, coconut, cereal, candy sprinkles, chopped apples and bananas!
Have children add and mix in what they like! Enjoy!

Visit the’Snack Mix’ recipe pagefor other ideas

33. MAKE HOMEMADE BUTTERjust like the pioneers!
Baby food jars
A bowl of ice
Small bowl to put the butter in the ice
Spoon to press butter on the bowl
Measuring spoon

1. Put 2 tablespoons whipping cream in each baby food jar.

2. Put lid on tightly and shake as long as can.

3. Remove lid and pour off excess liquid.

4. Spoon butter into the smaller bowl and set this bowl in the bowl of ice.

5. As butter chills, continue to press it again the side of the bowl to get rid of any remaining liquid.

6. When ready…enjoy on some good bread or rolls!
Tip: To speed up the process you can add a marble to the jar when shaking


2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips (or peanut butter if no allergies)
½ tsp. vanilla
3 cups chow mien noodles
Optional: May add 1 cup chopped walnuts or peanuts.
Melt chips; mix in noodles until coated well.
By teaspoon onto was paper. Put in refrigerator to set.

35. COWCHOW…Make the always popular ‘Puppy Chow’ but call itCow Chow!

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
12 ounces chocolate chips
1 large box Crispix
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

1. Melt peanut butter, margarine and chocolate chips.
2. Pour mixture over large box Crispix; coat well.
3. In a paper bag or very large bowl…put 2 1/2 cups confectioner sugar.
4. Add coated cereal and gentlycoat cereal. Cover well…

Note: The mixture actually tastes better after a day or two. The cereal absorbs the chocolate mixture! Yummy!

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup salted peanuts
4 cups chow mein noodles
Melt chips and peanut butter in microwave. Blend together.
Stir in peanuts and noodles gently in the peanut butter mixture.
Drop dough by forkfuls onto wax paper. Cool until set. Yummy

MAKE HAYSTACKSof potato sticks and pretzels

This is a great variation to the rice cereal treat recipe.
Using traditional ‘Rice Krispies recipe’…replace the rice cereal with corn flake cereal.
Follow the instructions combining the cereal, melted marshmallow and butter mixture. Mold the cereal mixture into the shape of haystacks.


Is there anything food-wise that conjures up more‘gooey fun’?! Check out the S’Mores pagewith ideas for versions of… bonfire, microwave, oven, freezer, brownies, fudge and more! You’ll soon be saying, “Give me some more!”

Western ThemedBeverages


1 cup milk
1 sliced banana
¼ cup unsweetened grape juice
Mix all ingredients together in a blender.
Makes 4-6 small servings

40. BLACK COW(recipe makes 1)
Root Beer, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate syrup
Place 2 tablespoons of syrup in bottom of large glass. Add root beer, stirring until liquid is within 2 inches of top of glass. Add a huge scoop of ice cream.


You can adapt any favorite ‘punch’ recipe and call it Cactus Juice! A couple ideas…
1. Pour cold lemon lime soda into a punch bowl. Add lime sherbet.
2. Make green Kool-Aid and add lemon lime soda. Lime sherbet could also be added to this.

42. ROOR BEER/SASPARILLA(Sasparilla is ‘Old fashioned’ root beer in brown bottles)

43. LEMONADEor Sweet Tea…


→Make a sign saying“SALOON’for the area where drinks are served.
→Hang a sign that says ‘CHUCK WAGON or GRUB’over the buffet table/serving area.

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→Use Bandanas for place mats or napkins.
→Use red check tablecloths or bandana print table cloths. Red and white roll paper (butcher paper) would also work.
→Use a cowboy hat for a centerpiece and fill it with candy or a vase of field-like flowers…

→Mason jars would make nice vases for field or wild flowers. An old cowboy boot fitted with an interior vase would also be great holding wild flowers!

→Do you have an ‘old’ toy train set? If so –place it on the table with an appropriate center piece or cake in the center.


    On small burlap bags write the word “Feed” with a black sharpie pen.
    Fill the bags with any snack mix.
    Tie the top with twine.
    Line the hats with napkins and a bandana or two. Fill with snack type food such as chips, candy, snack mix, pretzels, etc.
  • Serve food inPIE TINS…or aluminum or tinPAILS/BUCKETSof various sizes.Use tin pie tins as plates!
  • Serveroot beer, lemonade or sweet tea inMASON JARSand/or beer mugs.



  • Welcome all Cowboys and Cowgirls (or Buckaroos or Cowpokes) Place signatmain entrance.
  • OUTHOUSE (Place by bathroom door)
  • No Bandits or Outlaws Allowed in this Town!
  • How about…No Spittin, Drinken or Chewin allowed on the premises!
  • Grub (Placed over food table) •Saloon (Placed by beverages)


Purchase cut-out shapes/decorations of Cactus, Cowboys/Cowgirls, Horses, etc. These can be purchased at any local party store or on line at places such as Oriental Trading, Shindigz, Birthday Express, etc.

Although they are expensive, large cut-outs of “old west buildings” are also available from many on-line party sources!


A great photo op and decoration in one!

1. Using a large refrigerator box carton–paint the outside a stone color or brick design.
2. Carefully cut out a large square or rectangle shape window. Either cut the window leaving cardboard ‘bars’ or later add the bars by taping on ‘jail bars’.
The ‘jail’ can be made where the children can enter and look through the bars…or flat where it leans against a wall as a decoration.
3. If room, add ‘Wanted” posters to the outside of the jail. (Image source ofrefrigerator jailis fromRubyLemonsblog site)

Idea: if you are making the ‘jail’ as a flat decoration, consider making other building exteriors such as saloon, bank, general store, etc.You may be able to find large boxes at nearby furniture or appliance stores.


Fill it with soft toy ranch/farm animals.

46. BALES OF HAY plus more…
YEE HAW…Welcome party or theme participants with a fun entrance! Stick a “Welcome Buckaroos” or “Cowpokes” sign into a bale of hay. If the event is being held outdoors, place other bales around for atmosphere.For outdoor parties, bales of hay also make great seating…either around the eating table or here and there!

  • Logs/wood placed in strategic spots can also make a dramatic statement.
  • Horshoes, Old wagon-wheels, bandanas, lanterns, oil lamps, cowboy boots, a saddle, ropes, Wanted Posters, balloons, and streamersalso add to the western festivities!


(Cow Spots)

Either purchase ballons already colored in black and white cow patches/spots– or paint black patches onto white balloons.

Balloon Ideas: Tie onto each guests chair; group around the party area; place at front entrance with bale of hay; use on tables as centerpieces or on the ‘grub’ table; hang a very large bunch from the ceiling over a main table or center of the room. It will not be filled with hellium, so if grouped together tightly, will resemble a chandelier.

Western Themed Jokes for Kids

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Besides sharing the following jokes, what can you do with them?

Use thisJOKE AND PUNCH LINEActivity…Great for connecting and for an ice-breaker!

  • Write a joke on one card and a punch line on another. Be sure to mix the cards up. The number of different jokes depends on the size of the group.
  • Give each person a card. Explain that they may have a joke or a punch line on the card. On a given signal, they are to walk around the group trying to find the other part of their joke/punch line.
  • When they find their other half, you may ask them to get to know their new partner by asking things like favorite ice cream or dream vacation etc…
  • When this is done, everyone can return to a circle and with their partner, tell their joke.


What do you say to a cow that crosses in front of your car?
Mooo-ve over.

Why do cows have bells?
Because their horns don’t work.

What do you get when you cross a cow with a duck?
Milk and quackers.

What do you get when you cross a cow with a rabbit?
Hare in your milk!

Why do cows use the doorbell?
Because their horns don’t work!

What happened when the cow jumped over the barbed wire fence?
It was an udder catastrophe!

Where do cows go on Friday night?
To the moo-vies.

Why did the rancher buy a brown cow?
Because he wanted chocolate milk.

What do you get if you cross a sheep and a porcupine?
An animal that knits its own sweaters.

What runs around a ranch but doesn’t move?
A fence.

There you have it, some wild west themed activities for kids and some western party ideas. We hope you have enjoyed these ideas and hope they inspire you to have a fun wild west event. Make sure you check out our circus themed activities as well.

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What did kids do for fun in the Wild West? ›

For fun, children would make rag dolls and corn husk dolls to play with, wrap rocks in yarn to make balls, and even use vines or seaweed strips for jump ropes. They played games such as hide-and-seek and tug-of-war. Foot races, hopscotch, marbles, and spinning tops were also popular.

What do you do at a cowboy party? ›

What activities did people do in the Wild West? ›

In the Wild West, folks gambled on anything in everything, from horse races to marksmanship contests, to card games. Servicemen and miners gambled in camps, town residents gathered at saloons and gambling halls, and professional gamblers tended to roam from town to town looking to score big along the way.

What does a cowboy do for kids? ›

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What food was served in the Wild West? ›

Beans, biscuits, potatoes and fruit were popular

Cowboys would have eaten hardtacks, a dense bread made with few ingredients that resemble modern-day biscuits. These were edible for years. The only downside is that they were rock hard, so had to be soaked in water or milk before eating.

How do you throw a Wild West party? ›

When throwing a Western-themed party, the easiest way to capture the mood of the Old West is through the ample use of cowboy motifs. Applying cowboy hats, boots, bandanas, horses, lassos and the like to costumes, food presentation, games and decorations can help create a great plan for a Western theme party.

What activities do people do at parties? ›

Here are some common ones:
  • Watching a movie, TV show, sports, or online clips.
  • Playing a board game, probably a more party-oriented one.
  • Playing video games, again, probably something more party-oriented.
  • Playing a game like darts, table tennis, Foosball, or pool, if the host has the stuff for it.
  • Munching on snacks.

Did kids go to school in the Wild West? ›

Families living many miles apart got together to set up a school and hire a teacher. The schools were just one-room buildings with a single teacher, usually a young woman, who taught children of all ages. Schooling in the West was excellent, mainly because it was encouraged by the student's family.

What did cowboys do for fun? ›

When they lived on a ranch, cowboys shared a bunkhouse with each other. For entertainment, some sang songs, played the guitar or harmonica and wrote poetry. Cowboys were referred to as cowpokes, buckaroos, cowhands and cowpunchers.

What states were the Wild West for kids? ›

The Wild West began in the 17th century and ended around 1912 when the last of the western territories were admitted to the Union as states. The frontier area west of the Mississippi included the territories of: Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Did people brush their teeth in the Wild West? ›

A community toothbrush, which hung in stagecoach stations and other public eating places, was shared by anybody who felt compelled to clean his or her teeth. Marshall Trimble is Arizona's official historian.


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