Depending upon where you live, you might have kids with a natural love of Cowboys. While we are up in Alaska, the idea of wearing cool boots and a BIG hat along with working with animals and eating stick to your ribs food has my boys thinking cowboys are pretty cool. Even cooler is learning about cowboys through our stomachs.
Rather than trying to dig through our picture books which are currently in quite a state, I elected to see what I could find at our local library. As I knew the opportunity was there to use food to expand our learning, I spent a little time looking for cookbooks for kids that had recipes fitting the cowboy theme.
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Learning About Cowboys ~ Picture Books
This is a great title to learn some facts about cowboys and cowgirls. We loved the illustrations which label everything so you know what to call it and what it is.
This title is illustrated by James Rice, the man behind The Cajun Night Before Christmas which my family loves to read during the Christmas season. So, I knew that I’d love the illustrations in this title which has children following Slim Jim Watkins and seeing how his wardrobe disappears as the cattle drive progresses.
Reading this title had me thinking about how the boys might react if Mom and Dad were to ‘take’ their clothing just left lying around. You can only make due without items for so long before you need them.
Learning About Cowboys ~ Books for Cooking
This title is for a slightly older crew (grades 3 to 6) IF you are having them take a completely active role. Otherwise, you can read selections to your child as well as make recipes that they pick out. There’s a beef chili recipe included in this title which blends beef chunks and bacon, but no beans.
Food and Recipes of the Westward Expansion
This title is geared for grades 2 to 4, IF you are having them take a completely active role. While this book is not exclusively focused on cowboys, there is a small section dedicated to cowboys (with a red beans and rice dish.) Other foods are ones that may have been eaten by them as well.
Learning About Cowboys ~ Making Cowboy Chili Cups
Once you have the parts, it is easy to put together and bake these Cowboy Chili Cups. This is a great way to also use up some leftover chili. The photo below shows the steps and I have the recipe ready to print below as well.
Do you or your kids enjoy learning about cowboys?
Which ‘cowboy’ foods do you already enjoy at home?
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