Lately it seems wherever my little Monkey and I go there are Halloween decorations: pumpkins, witches, and ghosts galore greet us at every turn, making our walk through our neighborhood even more fun than usual.
But even though my son loves all of the decorations, his favorites by far are the scarecrows. Whenever we pass a house with a scarecrow decoration, he insists that we stop and look at them for … well, he would stay all afternoon if he could, commenting on the hats and clothes, what color eyes they have, and so on.
So I called on my blogger friends for some scarecrow craft and activity ideas I could do with my little Monkey, and I was so excited to see their incredible responses! I’m sure you and your little ones will enjoy these as much as I know we will! Happy fall, everyone!
This adorable popsicle stick scarecrow and the pattern to make it can be found on Projects for Preschoolers.
No Time for Flash Cards shares this cute paper plate scarecrow. What’s wonderful about this craft is that it uses materials with different textures, so your little ones can explore while they create.
No Time for Flash Cards also came up with this shape scarecrow craft, which is a fun way to help your child learn shapes. There are also some great shape books included at the end of the post.
Housing a Forest created this candy corn scarecrow craft that makes a great teacher gift or party favor.
You can also print this free coloring page from Projects for Preschoolers.
If you are looking for inspiration, check out these art projects from kids across the country, captured by Rainbows within Reach in her author/illustrator visits to schools throughout the US.
One very popular children’s book for this time of year is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams. Several bloggers have created activities based on this wonderful book:
Playing with Words 365 created some great language activities, including tips for how to read the book with your child and crafts like making a paper scarecrow (shown above).
Toddler Approved shows us how to make this fun book-themed puzzle that helps kids focus on the action words in the story. She also includes other suggestions for reading this book with your little ones. And be sure to read the comment section of this post as well, as there are even more ideas there.
In a guest post at B-Inspired Mama, the Educators’ Spin On It shares some wonderful crafts and games to accompany this book, all appropriate for a playdate with mixed ages. My favorite is racing around the yard like a crow!
Make Your Own Scarecrow
What better way to celebrate scarecrows than by making one with your kids to put in the yard? Here are two posts to help guide you:
Crafty Birds shares how to make an adorable scarecrow like this one out of repurposed materials.
And in a guest post on Hands on As We Grow, Sugarsnips shows us how to recycle old pajamas and nylons into cute kid-sized scarecrows.
And of course, ’tis the season for Halloween costumes, so why not dress your toddler (or yourself!) up as a scarecrow?
Seriously, who wouldn’t want to dress their little one up in this DIY Toddler Costume from Moms Crafty Space?
And I just couldn’t resist including this photo of the fabulous blogger from Growing a Jeweled Rose, dressed up as part of her family’s Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes from last year. After all, why let the kids have all the fun?
Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who graciously shared their posts here. I am sure you will enjoy their scarecrow craft and activity ideas as much as I have!