Are You a Horse?

SaddleI’ve been looking for a saddle to use with my puppets for months. I couldn’t find one anywhere that would work, so I decided to make one. I used 1/2 sheet of tan felt, 1/2 sheet of dark brown felt, and two 2″ book rings to use as stirrups. I glued a piece of poster board underneath the seat of the saddle to reinforce it. The book rings help to let the sides hang down from the horse…or my friend Roy from Are You a Horse? (If Roy is busy, I use my girl puppet and call her Cowgirl Kate.)

Horse with saddle

This is one of my favorite stories.  The kids just laugh out loud through the whole thing. I made a flannel story long ago, and now can use it with puppets and you can, too. I always begin the story by asking the children to sing “Happy Birthday” to Roy. I wrap up the saddle in a box and have my puppet open the box. I ask the children what his present is. Sometimes they don’t know. So I explain what a saddle is and ask them how it is used. Then, Roy follows the instructions on the tag: 1) Find a horse. 2) Enjoy the ride!

Roy goes out looking for a horse and encounters every other animal imaginable! He comes up to each animal and uses two descriptive adjectives. He asks each one, “Are you a horse?” Each one answers no, then gives Roy one description of a horse. At the end of the story when Roy finally finds a horse, he makes sure it’s a horse by checking each descriptive word. I adapted a little since I couldn’t find a red wagon, a cactus, or a sloth puppet. I went to the dollar store and bought a red ATV, a flower, and used my turtle puppet for the “slow” character until I have money for a sloth puppet. Here’s a cheat sheet so you can tell the story, too:

Puppet Description Horse Description
1 red wagon squeaky and rusty living thing
2 cactus tall and prickly animal
3 snake wiggly and hissy has legs
4 crab skittery and pinchy friendly
5 chameleon change colors can’t change color
6 owl feathered hooty doesn’t lay eggs
7 pig fat and snorty clean
8 sloth furry upside down fast
9 lion romping and growling eats grass
10 zebra eating grass doesn’t have stripes
11 horse !

I use the horse last and say, “Roy can’t find a horse anywhere. I might as well stop telling the story.” They yell, “HORSE!” and I keep it going a couple of times. When I finally look at the horse, I go down the list and ask the children if this is actually a horse. Is it a living thing? An animal? Has legs? Etc.

Here’s the punch line when he finally finds the horse…

Roy using saddle

I guess the directions needed to be more specific! Haha.

Here’s a video of the storytelling:

Here are a few craft ideas to use with this story: Are You a Horse Crafts

Horse Craft1Horse Craft2

For more ideas, check out Lisa’s Libraryland or Flannel Friday.

4 thoughts on “Are You a Horse?

  1. I love this idea with the puppets, bins and cheat sheets. I’ve been leery to do puppets and the children seeing my mouth move. You are right it doesn’t matter doing it this way. Thanks for the inspiration.

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