The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow is a lovable nursery rhyme. The Scarecrow in this thyme is described as having a floppy hat and hands and feet that shake. Use this information to help students build crafts that demonstrate their understanding of the rhyme.
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Make a scarecrow doll from a wooden spoon. Draw a face on the bowl of the spoon, and add pink cheeks. Cut a "flippy floppy" hat from a square of felt, cutting a semicircle for the top and a wide three-dimensional ring for the brim. Glue the hat to the top of the bowl. Glue yellow yarn hair under the edge of the hat band. Cut a shirt and trousers from scraps of cloth, and add patches of different colours to add an authentic scarecrow look. Fill the legs of the trousers and arms of the shirt with a tied bundle of straw stems or yellow twist ties.
Have kids rip pieces of construction paper with their fingers to assemble a mosaic image that represents the story. Glue torn pieces of paper to a poster board or a piece of construction paper. Consider using torn paper tiles to make barnyard animals, a garden and, most importantly, the dingle dangle scarecrow.
The dingle dangle scarecrow came down from his post and danced, shaking his hands and feet. Print a scarecrow colour page (see Resources) and make a copy for each child. Hand out the copies and allow the children to colour their scarecrows. Help children cut out scarecrows from their colouring sheets. Remove the hands and feet from of the scarecrow; glue these parts to a second piece of paper. Allow the glue to dry, and then cut the hands and feet out of the paper, leaving a tab about a 1/2-inch long at the wrists and ankles. Hold the right foot in your hand; put the tab behind the right leg on the scarecrow. Reattach the foot with a brass fastener. Repeat reattachment for both hands and the left foot. The scarecrow now has movable parts like the scarecrow in the story.
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