VBS Crafts for Cowboys and Cowgirls

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A Wild West Vacation Bible School theme contains rich imagery and strong symbols that make finding craft ideas easy. As junior cowboys and cowgirls mosey to the craft corral each day, lead them in Western-inspired art projects that reinforce not only the theme but also the lessons you're teaching about the Bible and Jesus.

Leather Crafts

  • Leather is a material associated with Western clothing and objects. Teach kids that leather is strong, just like God. Let them make leather identification bracelets. Give each child a strip of leather with a snap clasp on each end. Let them write their names on the strip with permanent markers and embellish the bracelet by tying strips of denim around it. Another idea is to make a rattlesnake key chain by braiding three strands of leather lace together to form the rattlesnake's body, then securing the end with several pony beads, representing the rattler's tail.

Bandanna Crafts

  • Cowpokes often wore bandannas to protect their necks from the hot sun. Make bandannas that represent how God protects us from harm. Make a beaded bandanna by cutting fringe approximately 2 inches deep into the edges of a regular bandanna. String several pony beads onto each fringe strip and tie the end with an overhand knot. Another idea is to buy plain bandannas and let kids stamp or write their own images or words on them.

Tin Can Crafts

  • Explain to kids that canned food was common in the Wild West, and people often repurposed the empty cans for other uses. This is just how God changes our lives so he can use us for a new purpose. Make a tin can lantern by carefully punching holes into a tin can to create a design. Place an electric tea light inside to illuminate the pattern. Smaller children can make a tin can pencil holder by winding and gluing a length of thin rope or twine around a tin can to cover its exterior.

Horse Crafts

  • No cowboy or cowgirl is complete without a trusty steed. Explain to kids that a horse is a loyal animal, and we should be loyal to the Lord. Make a horse with clothespin legs that allow it to stand on its own. Cut the legless body of a horse from a piece of brown construction paper. Glue a wiggle eye on each side of the horse's head and brown yarn to represent a mane and tail. Clip two clothespins to the horse's underbelly to represent legs. Another idea is to make a footprint horse face. Have each child trace one footprint onto a piece of brown cardboard and cut it out. Glue two wiggle eyes to the heel of the footprint, as well as two triangular cardboard ears and a yarn mane.

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