Wild West Storytime
Had quite the fandango down at the local library yesterday… Cowboys, outlaws, ladies, and BOOKS! That’s right, books. Didn’t you know that cowboys love to read? Anyway, I’ve been awaiting to do this theme for quite sometime, especially since just south of Lawrence, Kansas is Dodge City, one of the most iconic cowboy towns in history. Yee-haw!!
Wild West Storytime Line-up:
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
With summer almost over, this was the perfect intro into our storytime lineup. One boy thought he was going to be sent to his Aunt Ferns for a relaxing vacation when a band of cowboys kidnapped him. After that, his summer vacation was anything but ordinary.
Sheriff John thought he could do anything with is 10-gallon hat, but he quickly learns that a hat is a hat. It’s the person who’s wearing it that saves the day.
This book was so fun to read aloud, especially since their is a hand-action guide that goes along with the traditional song. So, I encouraged the kids to chime in with the expressions and hand-motions. They were laughing throughout the story. A must-read for Wild West Stortyime.
What do you give an outlaw who comes to town, itchin’ and a scratin’ for something to keep him still? A library (and sweet as pecan pie librarian) of course! The perfect remedy for the restless.
Sheriff Badge Craft:
For our wild wild west craft we made sheriff badges. Since our library’s summer kick-off theme was “Mustaches & Lawngames”, we own the accucut dye cut for various mustache shapes, so I cranked a few out for the kids to wear with their sheriff badges as well.
Pre-storytime, I traced out star badges from a left-over Oriental Trading Company craft. Not so great at drawing free-hand (like myself)? Print out these sheriff badge templates here or here to use as a guide.
Cut the badges out. Smaller scissors seemed to work well.
At storytime, the kids decorated their badges by gluing jewels with white school glue and also applying star stickers.
Sharpie markers we left out to write “Sheriff”, “Deputy”, “Cowboy”, “Best in the West”, a name, etc.
And that’s it. Short and sweet.
Here, my lil’ pardner, Sheriff L, models the Wild West Storytime craft in true cowgirl style.