Teaching Heart's Cowbow Wild West Unit Theme Page!

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I had so much fun doing a unit for Pre-K students all about the Wild West! Here are many free printables, craft ideas, and more for your Cowboy Themed lessons.



Cowboys love to read!!!

Here are some of my favorite books for a Pre-K or Kindergarten unit on Cowboys.  Below are links to my top four must have books for this unit!!!  Your Preschool and Kindergarten kids will love these books!


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#1.  Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On

#2 Cowboy Ned and Andy

#3 The Gingerbread Cowboy

#4 How I Spent My Summer Vacation!

How about some FREE activities to match another favorite book of mine???

#5 Are You a Horse?

Are You a Horse Literature Extensions from Teaching Heart!

Pocket Chart—Match Beginning sounds of animals in the story.

Cut and Paste—Match Beginning Sounds of Animals in the Book. (great to do as an independent activity after completing the pocket chart as a class)

Little Book—A little book about the story for students to color and share with an adult at home.

Click Here to Download the Are You a Horse Extension Activities From Teaching Heart!!!

And here are other Cowboy Books and Resources!



Free Cowboy Lasso Tens Resource!

Lasso Up 10’s can be used as a math center.

To set-up: Print, cut, and laminate the cards on page 3. Use page 4 to create your own numbers you wish to have your students use. Place cards and the center sheet (page 2) in a math tub.

To Use: Student draws a card from the tub and writes the number drawn in the middle of one of the lassos on page 2. Above the number she will write 10 less and below it she will write 10 more. Repeat till all 10 lassos have been filled in. Center sheet can then be turned in to be checked by the teacher. Also included an extra practice sheet.

Click here to print the free lasso up some 10's files.


Teaching Heart's Cowbow Wild West Preschool and Kindergarten Packet!

ONLY 12.99 for all of this!!! Make like a cowboy and gallop away with this packet!
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1. Saddle Up Those 10—Three 10 Frames Extra Practice Sheets. (3pages)

2. Cow Poke Top It Math Game—2 player game.  Players find greatest number.  (17 pages)

3. Puzzle Beginning Sound Center—Make this a take it to your seat center.  Students match the beginning sound to a picture to form a puzzle. (9 pages)

4. A Cow Poke and His Horse—Counting Center (2pages)

5. Wanted Poster—Place picture of student in for a Bulletin Board Display. (1page)

6. Cowboy Roll Say Keep— Letter sound game

7. Simple Math and Reading Activity Sheets Cowboy Themed—Letter sounds and counting (10 pages)

8. Western Themed Roll and Graph—Use a blank dice and images provided.  Includes graphing sheet.  (2pages)

9. Cowboy Shape Match Center— Shape Matching Activity (2 pages)

10.  3 Cowboy Play-Dough Mats— Laminate and add play-dough for hours of fun.  (3 pages)

11.  Cowboy Roll and Cover—2 different versions.  Page 1 is to be used with one dice.  Page 2 is to be used by adding 2 dice together.

12.  Cowboy Race to Your Horses Dice Game—Fun board game.  Supply dice and markers and you have a fun game for your Western theme.

13.  Roll a Cow Boy Scene—Dice Game where students roll the dice to create a cowby  picture.

14.  Cowboy Western Puzzle Counting Game—Great game to teach your students during this theme.  All materials and directions included.

15. Paper Page Puppet Craft Template—Create a paper bag cowboy with this template. 

16.  Lasso up 1’s—Math center for practice of 1 less and 1 more. 

17.  Boot craft template / Cowboy Hat Craft Template—Use these patterns to create a paper boot craft to display and a cowboy hat the kids can wear home. 

18.  Cowboy and Cowgirl Poster—Use for decoration.

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All Files Copyright C. Gallagher www.teachingheart.net—Teaching Heart 2013


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Wild West Songs and Poems

Cowpoke Charade

I'm a little cowpoke dressed in blue.

These are the things I like to do:

Put on my hat.
Pretend to put on a hat.

And put on my vest. Pretend to put on a vest.

Buckle my belt.

So I look my best. Pretend to buckle a belt.

Ride my pony.
Pretend to hold reins and ride a pony.

Rope my steer. Pretend to twirl a rope overhead.

When night is near. Pretend to sleep.


Cowboy Sensory Table Fun!

Wil West Sensory Tub Search.  Supply a tub filled with rice or sand.  Add “cowboy things” for your students to search for.  My tub asks the students to place all the cowboys in the basket.  Also each students has three cups to fill with things found in the tub.  The third picture shows that the student should hunt for gold, boots, and stones.  Make sure you use your grabbers! 


Cowboy Sticker Scene Craft!

Oriental Trading has a sticker scene set if you search for cowboy sticker scene.  I added a background.  Pre-K loves to add all the stickers to make a scene.

Cactus Craft!
Tune: “Oh, My Darling Clementine”

In the desert, in the hot sun,
Grows a cactus big and tall.
It is green and it is spiny,
It’s the best one of them all.

I have a template you can download below for the cactus. The hat and bandana template came from Making Friends!
Print the cactus and paint him with green paint.
Add eyes, mouth, hat, and a bandanna and you are set!
Then your class can practice singing the cactus song!



Here’s a great book to read to your class with a cactus theme! Cactus Hotel!!!

Cowboy Happy Poem and Printables to make the Pocket Chart below.


For the printables in this post Click Here to Download Cowboy Cactus and Cowboy Happy!






Below are sites you have to check out while doing a Cowboy Unit or Theme!

My Cowboy Pins Will Keep You Busy—Click Here!

I used so many of the FREE printables found at  Making Learning Fun—Click here to check it out!

Also my pre-k kids loved this little song sung by a cute bug! Check it out! Super cute!

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