As you know, I (Erin) threw an awesome Knights and Dragons party for my 4 and 5 year old boys, as well as all their little knight buddies. I wanted to incorporate an obstacle course because little boys (and girls) love those things. I gave it a jousting/dragon theme, and even gave the boys another fun take home present!
When the boys first entered the jousting course, they had to visit “the stable” and pick their mighty steed. I was only going to make two of these guys, but then my husband gave me “that look” and somehow persuaded me into making enough for all the little knights. I had found a fantastic pattern online from Lia Griffith (found HERE) and was able to get the basic horse heads done in about two nights.
All you need are two different color felts, a sewing machine, and some poly-fil. I deviated a little from the pattern by getting toy eyes that snapped together instead of hand sewing buttons.
After finishing the herd of horses, I felt like something was “missing” to make them more knightly, so I decided to take bits of felt I had on hand, and cut and pin together a pattern. This was seriously my first time trying to do anything like this, so it was definitely an adventure!
Aren’t the pieces funny looking? Once I got the basic pattern down, I was able to pin and cut out 7 matching sets. I used pinking shears to continue the look from the horse pattern itself.
I am SO pleased with how these guys turned out. I used spray adhesive to attach the felt adornments to the heads, and also used a combo of spray adhesive and E600 to close the bottoms of the horses around the dowels. (The dowels were 3 feet in lengh, and I think 7/8 diameter.) Neigh!
After the brave knights chose their steeds, it was time to visit the course I had set up. Here it is in its entirety.
The boys started behind the moat with their horses, and were given the jousting poles (which were pool noodles wrapped in duct tape and a piece of card stock for the handle). First up, jumping the moat (or blue plastic table cloth that was staked down).
Next they had to slay the dragons (which were made of card stock and taped to some plastic bowling pins).
Finally, they had to grab the ring with their jousting poles. The rings started as green foam flora wreaths, spray painted gray, and then adorned with duct tape. My brilliant husband hung them with wire hangers from the trees, so they were able to lift right off when the boys grabbed them.
Once they snagged the rings…(go Little Crafter!)..
…they had to bring them back to the start, where all the knights let out a big “huzzah!”.
If you can’t tell from the pictures, the boys had a BLAST and kept coming back to that side of the yard to run their own courses as the party continued. The horses were such an inexpensive but awesome favor, and I’m so glad Husband convinced me to make all seven. Obstacle courses rock our party worlds, because you can adapt them to almost any single theme (like our TMNT one from LC’s party last year), and for boys, it allows them to get those energetic bodies moving, but within guidelines so it’s not chaotic! Huzzah!
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