Five Kentucky Derby craft ideas for kids

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Kids love crafts and this time of the year it’s great to find Kentucky Derby themed crafts to get the kids excited about the horses. Whether it’s school activities or Derby parties, keeping the kids entertained with a fun craft is always a good idea. Here’s five fun ideas.

DERBY HAT:  Kentucky Derby hats and fascinators are a regular site at Churchill Downs during Derby week and they come in all styles from elaborate to mundane, but each one is unique. For kids, a ball cap, straw hat or even a craft foam hat provides an inexpensive base. For a fascinator, plastic headbands are ideal. From there, grab some silk flowers, feathers, ribbon and a glue gun and your supply list is done. Using a hot glue gun definitely requires adult supervision, but the kids can design their hats/fascinators and let the adult apply a small dab of glue in key spots. Once finished the kids have a great and lasting accessory for the week’s Derby events.

GALLOPALOOZA HORSES:  Although five years has passed since Louisville’s Sidewalk Derby featured the Gallopalooza horse statues, you’ve probably seen them around town. The Gallopaloozas are near life-size statues, but a cheap plastic horse works great in making your own. I’ve found horses at the dollar store and Dee’s Crafts, but any plastic model will work. Paint the horse with acrylic paints and then use ribbons, jewels, charms or whatever you have to add glam to your horse (the cover photo are horses my kids and I created). The Gallopalooza event was a display of local artists, so go wild with it!

COLORING BOOK: Churchill Downs has made this real easy.  Click here and print. 

SWIMMING NOODLE STICK HORSES: I found this on a teacher’s blog. This is a very cute and creative use for old swimming noodles. Another option to use instead of the swimming noodle is the foam pipe wraps found in hardware stores. However, with summer just around the corner it shouldn’t be a problem finding swimming noodles. Click here for instructions.

WINE CORK HORSES: This is another idea I found online. These seem to be a little more advanced and might be better for older kids. If you don’t have a collection of wine corks lying around and don’t plan to down a case of wine soon, wine corks can be found in area hobby and craft stores.  Click here for instructions. 

Whichever craft you decide to make the outcome will be uniquely yours and it's a great way to give kids a souvenir of the day.

Photo: J. Oswald

About Jessie Oswald
I'm a lifetime Louisville resident with a passion for horse racing. When I'm not working as an immigration paralegal or taking care of my family, I follow Thoroughbred racing and love to share the excitement and beauty of the sport with anyone willing to learn!
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