Handprint / Footprint Crows
(Photo submitted by Mrs. Valerie)
Trace your child's handprint and footprint onto black construction
Cut out. Print off the head of a scarecrow picture... let your child
to the top of their footprint pattern. Child then glues small torn
black pcs. of tissue paper
to the footprint. Glue on the wings (handprints), head and feet to
the back of the footprint pattern.
Build Your Own Scarecrow
It is fun to make a
real like scarecrow out of kids and adult clothing.
This a great clothes sorting activity first. Choose which pieces
of clothing are
for a child or adult. You can also get into girl and boy. Then
have the kids crumple
up pieces of newspaper and stuff the scarecrow.
This is a great strengthening activity and turn taking time.
You can usually find
some hay at craft stores or if you are in a rural
setting a farm may give you some. Then use the hay to stuff
a fabric scarecrow. You make a fabric body ahead of time and
out some holes along the sides so the kids can "SEW" with
yarn and a child craft needle and then they can stuff their body
attach a ready made head with some hot glue or a grown ups sewing
Pumpkin Head Scarecrow
Make your own
scarecrow for the class.. Let the kids stuff a
pair of old jeans and an old flannel shirt with newspaper
and use a candy holder pumpkin for the head.
Use the hay and glue
it to a scarecrow shape cut from construction paper.
(Photo submitted by Mrs. Valerie)
Give each child a
scarecrow pattern to color and decorate.
Cut the head off the pattern and add a photo of your child in its
Glue hat, photo of child's head, and the rest of the scarecrow
onto a piece of construction paper. Cut around the entire scarecrow.
Cut shirt and pants
shapes out of fabric and face shapes out of
construction paper. Let the children glue the shapes on pieces of
construction paper to make scarecrows. Have the children draw
features on the scarecrow. Set out 1-inch pieces of straw, and
glue the straw pieces around the edges of the scarecrow. (The
and pants can also be cut out of construction paper.)
Cut two eyeholes in
a paper plate Have children decorate the scarecrow
mask with crayons, markers, or paint and add strips of yellow
paper for hair. Attach a short piece of yarn or string to
each side of the mask, so that it can be tied in back.
For each child, cut
a 2" x 2" fabric square and use a bottle top to trace
a 1 1/2" diameter circle from colored tag board. Gather one
per child. Put a piece of modeling clay in the bottom of each
Glue two craft sticks together to make a cross. Glue the fabric
to the middle of the cross to make the scarecrow's body. Use a
to draw a face on the tag board circle. Glue the circle at the
top of the
cross to make the head. Allow to dry.
Stick the scarecrow into the clay and fill your cup with raffia.
Make a face on a
small paper plate, using buttons, yarn, fabric scraps,
wallpaper scraps, or other collage materials. Glue strips of
pieces of yarn, or bits of straw around the plate to make hair.
Cut a hat
from construction paper and attach it to the top of the paper
Attach the face to the short end of a 9" by 12" sheet of
Decorate the construction paper with buttons and patches of
wallpaper. Attach four strips of crepe paper streamers to create
arms and legs.
Attach yarn to the top of the scarecrow and hang it from the
Obtain a class
supply of paint stirrers from a local paint store or home supply
warehouse. Stuff a paper lunch bag with newspaper. Push the
the open end of the bag, gather the bag around the stirrer, and
it with tape. Glue miscellaneous craft items to the bag to make
the scarecrow's facial
features, such as buttons, beads, fabric scraps, sponge, pompoms,