Yee Haw! if you are wondering what activity to do for 8-11 year-old girls and their dads, look no further. We had a record turnout for this event. To me, that is the the way you determine if you are meeting the needs of your girls. If they show up or not. We had about 30 out of 36 girls come for this 2-hour Recognition Night activity and they brought their fathers or a special “cowboy” in their life with them.
Everyone was invited to wear their best rodeo outfit (because girls love to dress up….and lots of dads do, too!) and to come ready for some hoe down activities! We gave each girl a Sherriff’s badge when they arrived and that’s how they were divided into groups. We started with a very short welcome and words of appreciation to the fathers for supporting their girls in Activity Days. We explained how the rotations would work and got started.
Rotation 1: Horseback Riding
This was the highlight of the day, of course. We have a riding stable in our area where the owner donates a couple hours to us to use. He teaches the girls (no time for the dad’s to ride!) and gives them an opportunity to participate. If you do not have this option, don’t worry! The activity is so fun even without that. Just add more games and they will have the time of their lives.
And no, I don’t have any pictures of this part….I was busy in another area and I’m highly allergic to horses so I avoided the arena and ended up at the end of the event with no photos of the awesome riders! Dang!
Rotation 2: Games
Pioneer Clothes Relay Race – Dads dressed up in the women’s dresses and girls dressed up as cowboys for this relay race. The dads made all the girls giggle with their silly antics.
Target Shooting – use rubberband guns, marshmallow catapults, nerf guns or anything else for some target shooting.
Rotation 3: Calf Roping and Races
3-Legged Race – Tie dads and girls’ legs together for the classic 3-legged race. We did it multiple times because you get better as you go with this activity!
Calf Roping – With an expert calf roper to teach us the technique, the girls worked with their dads to lasso up a hay bale calf or two.
Pictures – While doing the calf-roping, we pulled dads and daughters away for a photo shoot against the barn. I wanted to keep it simple so we just brought a barstool and had the dads sit on that with the girls next to them or on their laps. The barnyard was a great backdrop to remember the activity. I took the pictures both horizontally and vertically because I don’t know exactly what we will do with them and I wanted to make sure we had options later for making a gift for their dads.
Rotation 4: Line Dancing
One of our leaders put together the Cotton-Eyed Joe line dance routine for the girls and their dads and let me tell you – there are some awesome dad dancers in our group! Make sure you have plenty of water for water breaks during the activity – especially after some high-speed dancing!
Refreshments: Root Beer Floats
No need to serve dinner – just make some homemade root beer and add the ice cream for yummy root beer floats. Have plenty of Garbage bags available for a quick and easy clean-up.
We finished off with a whole group line dance performance and a few words about Activity Days. In our group, we try to make every activity support the Faith in God program requirements so that if the girls come to the activities then they will almost have their Faith In God Award earned by the time they get to Young Womens. We try to communicate this message as much as possible so we talked about it briefly to the dads that day and thanked them for their support of their girls.
It was a great activity that can be varied a million ways. Just look on pinterest for cowboy activities or games and you’ll have too many ideas! The idea is to get the girls working together with their dads to accomplish something and it was a hit!