Make a Cardboard Hobby Horse

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Inspired by a story we read about Alexander the Great and his horse, a huge, wild black stallion that only Alexander could ride, Firefly and I decided to make a horse that he could ride. Perfect for a 7 year old.

Naturally, The Queen Bee and Love Bug (ages 6 and 3) wanted one, too, so now we have a small herd of horses and lots of wonderful pretending, including ancient Greek warriors, modern day local farmers and cowboys, too.  “Howdy, ma’am.”
 We made a template of a horse’s head, then traced six pieces onto cardboard.  I drew in an ear, eye and nostril, then the kids colored the horses to their liking.
 We taped a stick (any straight stick will do, we used a variety, including a piece of dried bamboo and a yard stick) onto of the inner sides of a horse head, then put loops of packing tape all over the inside and pressed the two sides together.
 Then they were ready to ride!
 The story of Alexander the Great, and his horse, Bucephelus, is in Chapter 25 of The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times.  There is a horse-head template that can be enlarged for this project in the accompanying Activity Book.

For more Ancient History projects and ideas, visit my Story of the World page and the Hands-On History Collaborative Pinterest board.

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