Scarecrows bring an autumn-themed look to decorations both inside and out... and to the craft room too.
Make a clay pot scarecrow with your kids and see what personality they bring to their scarecrow!
What you need:
Brown and orange paint
Orange foam sheet
Brown pipe cleaners
Turn the pot on its side. Glue on googly eyes, then paint a mouth and nose with brown or orange paint.
Cut out a hat shape from the orange foam sheet. Cut brown pipe cleaners and/or orange paper strips to make the scarecrow's hair. Glue to the top of the pot and then stick on the hat (it will cover the hair and hold it on tight).
This is a great craft to display on a windowsill. Just be sure to tell little ones that the clay pots will break if dropped!
Once in a while at the momstown arts and crafts playroom, we get to try out a new craft toy with our kids! Today we tried PlaSmart's Pop-n-Curve Safari Adventure toy with a four year old, and we had lots of fun creating a diorama with all kids of zoo animals.
The sets come in kits (ours was the safari kit) and include 20 pieces as well as a diorama for the background.
These are reminscient of paper dolls or cutouts, but they have an additional 'curve' step that makes the paper animals seem more realistic and three-dimensional.
You pop them out, curve along the dotted lines, and connect the tabs to build each animal.
Our scene turned out pretty nicely! The cutouts were easy to pop out and made of sturdy cardstock. For a four-year old, the curving and connecting was too complicated, but he was happy to play with the paper animals and set them up in their new home.
A story about a farmer and his animals building their farm together, including a very pretty scarecrow! New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson takes readers from white page to colorful farm in this charming tale of friendship (and teamwork), as five friends come together to create Story County- a special new home for young readers, where anything can happen!
Scarecrow by Michael Rex Simple text and story, with one word on each page. Designed for early readers, but also works well to be read to very young children. Likely the reader would need to elaborate on each single word and picture, to ‘tell the story’ that is happening as the scarecrow loses his hat, then finds it again (along with a few other hats!)
Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant Describes the life of a scarecrow, how he is made, and how is part of the work on a farm and all of the living things around him. More of a reflective text, recommend for older (preschool) children.
Alli Gator and the Mixed Up Scarecrow by Heather Alexander Unique ‘turn the wheel’ book, enables children to put different things on the scarecrow, on each page, for example ‘pumpkin face, mitten hand’, etc. as the text progresses. In a group, the reader can turn the wheel and ask children ‘is this right’ – fun for kids as the scarecrow gets ‘mixed’ up! Board book.
I’m A Dingle Dangle Scarecrow by Annie Kuebler Board book which illustrates part of the “Dingle Dangle” scarecrow song (see songs). Would be a great accompaniment to that song as part of a theme playgroup.
The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown An entertaining story in which a chicken helps everyone out by swapping his friend’s items for what they really want. The scarecrow wants a walking stick, and someone else covets his hat, and so on. Fun for children to follow the story and figure out which items are going to which animals!
Three momstown kids - ranging in age from 1 to 6 - made three apple trees!
Take your empty toilet rolls and you can make three different kids of apple trees!
1. Foamy tree with foam "apples" (baby and toddler version) 2. Mosaic tree with foam, paper and bead "apples" (preschool version) 3. Tissue paper apple tree (from the newly minted grade one!)
What you need:
Red or green foam sheets
Red or green beads
Cardboard for tree backing (cereal boxes work well!)
Green and red tissue paper
For all the trees you need a firm backing for the leaf part, so start by tracing a tree shape onto cardboard and have children cut out.
Cover the tree shape in glue to prepare for the mosaic or foam tree.
Here's the mosaic apple tree in progress - have your child cut out shapes and glue on to the tree. We have a scissor loving kid in our house so he had fun snipping pieces of scrap paper for the tree. Then add red and green beads or red circle cut-outs for apples!
For the foamy (simplest) version, cut out a foamy tree shape (use your cardboard cutout as a pattern) and have your baby or toddler glue on red circles and beads (careful for choking if doing this with a young one).
Cut tissue paper into 2 inch squares. Have glue handy on a plate or scrap paper for "dipping". Dip small, scrunched up pieces of tissue into the glue and stick onto the cardboard baking to create the tissue paper apple tree. Use green for the leaves and red for the apples. This one was made by a 6 year old who had lots of patience, a young child may need a hand to complete with you.
For all tree styles, cut approximately half an inch on two sides of the toilet roll to create an insert space for the treetop to slip into to attach.
This is a perfect idea for a mixed age playgroup or family craft!