Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen







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Posted on Sep 29 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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I hope that you and your children are having fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants. Last month we explored and created storybook activities around the topic of what we all want to be when we grow up. This month’s new theme is the Wild West and is sure to get your giddy’ up and get you going. There are a lot of things to explore in the wild west from cattle to ghost towns to bandits and more, so, what will you and your child or student want to do when they explore the wild west? 

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As we were going through our library looking for fun wild west themed book this month, we stumbled upon a doozy! We found Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell.  Since we are all Disney fans in our home, we just knew that this was the book for us this month! As you might guess, this is a wild west take on the story of Cinderella, and it is. The story stays true to form with the fairy tale, but definitely has a fun wild west theme. To go along with this fun story book I decided to create a fun math game for the story, but I wanted it to be a good roping, romping, and stomping good time too. With my children back in school now, some of their math is new to them, so I created this fun Wild West Math Game to help them out in a fun, hands-on way. 

To create your own version of this Wild West Math Game inspired by Cindy Ellen you will need to following materials:

  • Small Blow-Up Pool or Trough
  • 3 Sets of 12 Floating Ducks
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Sidewalk Chalk 

The first step is gathering all your supplies.  I found them all on Amazon. With the help of Elizabeth we chose to use Pink Cowgirl Rubber Duckies, Cowboy Rubber Duckies, Horse Rubber Duckies, and this Inflatable Western Buffet. Once the materials were assembled, it was time to set-up the game. 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

First, we blew up the buffet we got and filled it about half way with water. 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

Then, I had Beck and Elizabeth number their set of duckies, cowgirls for Elizabeth and cowboys for Beck, naturally, from 1 to 12 on the bottom with the black permanent marker. 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

Then, on the Horse Rubber Duckies, I used the black permanent marker to make perimeters and areas.  I used markings like a square and the number 2.  I chose what they are working on now in their lessons.  I used perimeters for Elizabeth and areas for Beck. 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

Then I was time to put them all in the water and mix them all up. The game is played by randomly selecting one horse duckie.  On the bottom will be a math function and a number. The number will say how many random other duckies are pulled to be used.  Now that we were all set-up, it was time to start playing the game and practicing our math skills. 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

With Elizabeth’s horse that she selected, she had help from her cowgirl Jessie! 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

Once Elizabeth and Jessie had selected their ducks, it was time to do the math.  We grabbed the sidewalk chalk.  Jessie helped her select the 6 ducky perimeter. 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

I helped her draw the six sided problem using the cowgirl and cowboy duckies as the numbers.  Then it was time of Beck to choose his problem. 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

Who would have thought that our little puppy Maximus would jump into the water to get a duckie of his own! So, we all had a good laugh and Beck did his problem too. 

Wild West Storybook Math Fun with Cindy Ellen

Beck’s problem was more complicated, but with the help of his duckies and puppies he worked it out. We spent almost the whole afternoon working on problems and it seemed by the end all of the dogs were in and out of the water.  I think we all had fun with our new wild west themed math game inspired by the storybook Cindy Ellen. If you try this out for yourself I hope you have as much fun as we did. 

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Thank you for taking the time to read about the fun we had with the topic of the Wild West.  Here are some other fun themed story books that your child may enjoy: 

 

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Here are the Poppins Book Nook participating bloggers:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the WoodsGolden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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Wild West Learning Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky cowpoke will strike gold and win a bundle of fun for the theme of the Wild West.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook Westward Ho!: An Activity Guide to the Wild West (Hands-On History) and one Wild West Toob. So mosey down to the corral for your chance to win today! 

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s found HERE. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win: 

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Will you be using the lapbook, bookmarks, or creating storybook activities with your children or students to follow along with the monthly themes here at Poppins Book Nook? Make sure to send me pictures of your children in action and I will share them the Poppins Book Nook readers on the official Facebook page. Follow Poppins Book Nook on Facebook and Pinterest.  Mary Poppins inspired clip art by the talented: Melonheadz. All other clip art by:  Apple and Acorns ~ Dancing Crayon Designs.   Link up your “Wild West” book fun below! 


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  • Originally I was going to do Cindy Ellen, but the kids hadn’t figured out yet what fairy tale Ella Enchanted was based on, so I went with a different story after all.

  • What a fun way to learn about perimeters and area! I always love to see what you come up with! 🙂

  • That book sounds like a fun read!

  • June S.

    Giddy Up, I say that all the time for those people who fall asleep at stop lights- 🙂

  • Yvonne Huff

    My Favorite wild west phrase is “Howdy Partner”

  • Saver Sara

    Haha from Toy Story – There’s a snake in my boot!

  • howdy!!

  • Audra watts

    Howdy there partner

  • amy tolley

    mine would be ride em cowboy….only one i could think of everyone else already said my first guess so i thought of another one thanks for this chance

  • Marci Wright

    Howdy Partner! (& I always imagine it being said in Woody’s voice from Toy Story… lol)

  • Edna Williams

    Giddy up!

  • “There come a time, when good man must wear mask.” (Lone Ranger)

  • christina kunze

    wet your whistle 🙂

  • What a cute idea!

  • Shannon

    Howdy Pardner

  • Looks like a fun book to read!

  • Merry

    My favorite Wild West phrase is Howdy Pardner!

  • Ha – I love that Maximus kept jumping in too! This is such a fun way to learn (maybe he wanted to practice math?! lol!)

  • tammy cordery

    yea haw that is my favorite saying.

  • Marilyn Nawara

    Howdy Partner is my favorite phrase

  • What a great way to practice math!

  • Bamboozle!! I googled and found some more too… “Barkin’ at a knot” means useless, and I think I’m going to start slipping that in my vocabulary.

  • stacy

    wonderful!

  • Abigail

    Yippee Ki Yay!
    Thanks!

  • Danie

    I would have to say that my favorite phrase is, “Howdy.” Mostly because my husband actually says it and I think it’s awesome.

  • Sounds like a fun book!

  • ron

    Westward ho

  • sarah c

    howdy partner! 🙂

  • Sandra Mason

    Well butter my biscuit looky who’s here!

  • Holly B.

    Darn tootin!

  • liz l

    howdy partner

  • esme

    A simple, “howdy.”

  • Seraine

    Howdy!

  • kaylin Bruce

    “Reach for the sky!”

  • Victoria

    Yeeha!