Let’s Rodeo!!!

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Hi friends! How’s life? I’ve got a brand new therapeutic activity to share in honor of Rodeo! You may know that in child life it is very important to give children the chance to participate in what we call “life experiences” even when they are in the hospital. Many people would name birthdays, Christmas, graduation, Thanksgiving, Kwanza, and Chanukah as life experiences, depending on which family you talk to.¬† But life experiences also can revolve around events that happen in a certain region of the country, city, or even city block. I live in an area where the rodeo is definitely a big part of the culture. So of course this means that we have not one but two rodeo events at our hospital.

How in the world do you have a rodeo party in a hospital you may ask. Well, with some creativity, lots of decorations, and a helping-hand from a few cowboys, it’s fairly easy! We had a few real life cowboys come show the kids how to rope using one of their practice steers (believe it or not, it can be made of PVC pipes or pieces of metal piping!). The kids and our child life interns got a huge kick out of learning to rope.

But my favorite activity that we did was sheep-shearing and this is something anyone can do. All you need is a large cut-out of a sheep, some shaving cream, and a squeegee. You can do this outside, but if you choose to do it inside, I recommend you have something underneath the sheep to catch the shaving cream with.

Basically, once you get all your tools, the fun begins. Take the shaving cream and squirt it all over the sheep, creating the “wool”. Then take the squeegee and start “sheering”!

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Our little sheep ready for kids!

Basically, once you get all your tools, the fun begins. Take the shaving cream and squirt it all over the sheep, creating the “wool”. Then take the squeegee and start “sheering”!

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Maybe a little more off the top?

You can see that we choose to go with a metal basin to catch the “wool”. The kids always have so much fun sheering the sheep. Have you ever tried it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Sheep-Sheering Activity Notes

Ages: 2 and up

Materials: 2-D picture of a sheep, shaving cream, squeegee, (optional bucket or mat for cleanup)

Therapeutic Value:
Creativity
Control
Fine-Motor
Sensory Stimulation
Normalization

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