How to Make a Class Scarecrow

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How to Make a Class Scarecrow
Put your class scarecrow outside so you can see it through a window. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you would like to engage your class in an Autumn activity, have the kids work together to create a scarecrow for the classroom. Divide the children into groups, and have each group work on a different section of the scarecrow. When you are all done, you can have the class name the scarecrow and even enter it into a local scarecrow contest. With your help, building a class scarecrow will be an exciting and rewarding task.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 6 foot long 2 x 4
  • 2 foot long 2 x 4
  • Newspapers
  • Twine
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Pillowcase
  • Button down shirt
  • Jeans
  • Straw hat
  • Gardening gloves
  • Markers or paint
  • Yarn (optional)
  • Glue (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)

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  1. 1

    Place the 2-by-4s on a flat surface in the shape of a cross so the longer 2-by-4 is vertical and the shorter one is horizontal. Nail them securely together.

  2. 2

    Paint or draw a face on the middle of one side of the pillowcase. Fill up the pillowcase with crumpled newspaper and place it over the top of the taller 2-by-4. Tie the opening of the pillowcase tightly with twine.

  3. 3

    Tie the bottoms of the pant legs tightly with twine, then fill up the trousers with crumpled newspaper. Nail each side of the waistband to the horizontal 2-by-4.

  4. 4

    Put each arm of the shirt through one of the sides of the horizontal 2-by-4. Button up the shirt, and tie the ends of the sleeves and the waist tightly with twine. Fill the shirt with newspaper.

  5. 5

    Place the gloves on your scarecrow, and secure them with twine if necessary. Put the hat on your scarecrow's head for a finishing touch.

Tips and warnings

  • If you would like your class scarecrow to have hair, cut strands of yarn and glue them to the top of the pillowcase before putting on the hat.
  • To stand your scarecrow in the garden, dig at least a 1-foot deep hole, stick the bottom of the vertical 2-by-4 into the hole and pack it in with dirt.

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