Have a Pioneer Parade! Have each child bring a
wagon, bike, etc. to decorate! Have each child wear cowboy attire or a
bonnet/shawl pioneer attire. Sing "Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked."
Have a Taffy Pull. There is a great recipe for this
in the Lion House Cookbook.
- Set up a Path of the Pioneers. Get wading pools (for
the lakes), large boxes to climb over (mountains), and have the children
follow an obstacle-like path. Have popsicles at the end.
Make sock dolls, play marbles, work on a sampler, do
simple sewing, make butter with baby jars and cream, etc.
- Three legged races,
- eggs on spoons race,
- horseshoes (adults and kids both loved that!),
- sack races, etc
- Broom pull
- Square dance
Fishing (for prizes)
Bob for apples
- Dress as pioneers, decorate wagons, have a parade (indoor
or outdoor), prizes for costumes and participation
- Make girl sunbonnets & vests for the boys out of
- Watermelon seed spitting.
Stick pulling - like Joseph Smith used to do. Use a
broom handle. Contestants sit on floor facing each other with stick in
the middle, parallel to floor. They both grab onto it with both hands
and pull as hard as they can and see who can pull the other one up first
"Pin the Tail on the Ox"
- "Pioneer Pictionary",
- "Wagon Wheel Toss" (we taped little cardstock wagon
wheels to pennies),
"Buffalo Bowling (bowling pins knocked down with a
- "Pioneer Trek Toss" (we drew the U.S. on a
large piece of cardboard, cut out holes for Nauvoo, Independence Rock and
SLC and let the children try to throw bean bags through the holes in the
order the pioneers traveled),
- "Fishing Pond" (we had the person running the game
tell the children the story of the Seagulls and the Crickets. The fishing
pole had a seagull taped to the end of it and when they received their bag
of goodies, there was a picture of a cricket inside)
- "Pioneer Laundry Race" (we got 2 washboards and had
the children take a piece of clothing out of a bucket full of water, wash it
three times on the washboard and carry to another basket and squeeze out the
water. The team with the most water in the second bucket won),
- "Pioneer Dress Up" (children raced against each other
to dress in pioneer clothes and race to the finish line), and "Handcart
Races" (we got children's wagons and had things the pioneers might take with
them (pan, clothes, water, food, blanket, tools). The children had to load
the wagon and race through an obstacle course without losing anything out of
their wagon. Each child got a piece of candy at each station. If they won
the game, they got two.