Creates a Halloween atmosphere by helping your preschool kids put together a scarecrow that will fuel their excitement for the upcoming holiday. Create a great scarecrow with a few common household items and a bit of hay. Typically, scarecrows wear country clothing, jeans and a flannel shirt, but that doesn't mean you must dress it this way. If you don't like an aspect, such as an item of clothing, change it.
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Things you need
- Old pair of jeans
- Flannel shirt
- White pillow case
- Straw hat
- Sewing kit
- Rubber boots
Have the preschoolers draw their ideal scarecrow and try to incorporate their vision in the design by finding or making clothing and decorations that look similar.
Lay out the clothing on the floor, button up the flannel shirt and tuck it into the trousers. Sew the shirt and trousers together roughly, just tight enough that they will stay together; do this step at home so the children don't wait by, unoccupied, while you complete it.
Stuff the clothing full of dry hay or straw until it's fully filled out, have each preschooler stuff a few handfuls of hay or straw. Fit a belt in the loops around the trousers and tighten to a snug fit.
Tie bottom open end of the pillow case closed by tying both corners together. Have the kids fill the remaining open end with dry hay or straw, leaving enough room at the top to tie the top end closed. Tie the top end by tying both corners together.
Have the preschoolers draw a face on the stuffed pillow case and colour in the head using markers. Position the scarecrow in the room either standing or sitting. Fit the head on top of the stuffed shirt and roughly sew it to the collar.
Have the kids place a hat on top of the head to complete the look. Fit boots and gloves over the feet and hands to prevent kids from making a mess by pulling out the straw or hay.
Tips and warnings
- Add patches to the scarecrows clothing to make it look more rustic.
- Experiment and get creative when dressing your scarecrow, it doesn't need to look like a traditional scarecrow.
- Thrift stores are a great source of inexpensive clothing and materials if you don't have any lying around your home.
- Stuff the scarecrow with completely dry hay or straw, otherwise it will become mouldy which could get a child sick.
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