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Songs & Rhymes

Scarecrow Scarecrow
  tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around,
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
Stand up tall and blink your eyes,
Raise your arms up to the sky.
Clap your hands and tap your knees
Turn around and stomp your feet.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes,
Scarecrow, scarecrow tap your nose.
Swing your arms so very slow,
Now real fast to scare the crows!
Touch your head; jump up and down,
Now sit down without a sound!

  tune of: "Itsy Bitsy Spider"

The floppy, floppy scarecrow,
Stands in the field all day.
His job is to scare the birds away.
Up on a pole as high as he can be,
And away fly those black crows,

Five Little Scarecrows

Five Little Scarecrows by the old barn door,
One went home and then there were four.
Four little scarecrows by the old oak tree
One went home and then there were three
Three little scarecrows with nothing to do,
One went home and then there were two.
Two little scarecrow out in the sun,
One went home and then there was one.
One little scarecrow all alone through the day,
He scared the crows and they all flew away.

Scarecrow Chant

Scarecrow, scarecrow,
How scary can you be?
You scared away the crows  (children have fun giving ideas)
But you can't scare me!
No, you can't scare me!

Making Scarecrows

Scarecrow Families

Ask parents to lend overalls and shirts (big and small). Tie off the sleeves of the shirts and the bottom of the pants and have the children stuff them with newspapers.  The heads are made of large circular pieces of burlap with felt for facial features stuffed with newspaper.  Add a straw hat with raffia or straw under the hat for hair.  Ask if a parent can donate some bales of straw (not hay, allergies!) and stick a 2" diameter stick into the bales with a cross bar tied to it to tie one scarecrow to.  Have the others sit on the straw. You can also add a basket of gourds and pumpkins.  This makes a very festive addition to a corner of the class for the fall season and the children have a ball helping to make it.

another idea:

Use doll clothing??

Draw a Scarecrow

Draw a scarecrow with me (4 and older).
Have the children place a piece of white paper vertically in front of them. They will be instructed to follow the teacher’s directions.

1) Draw a cross in the center of your paper with a pencil.
2) Now draw a circle on top of the cross.
3) Draw rectangle arms off the cross.
4) Now draw a shirt to connect the arms together.  Make a wavy line across the bottom of   
     the shirt.
5) Now draw rectangle legs.
6) Add features – eyes, nose, mouth and hay coming from arms and legs.
7) Add a hat and patches to clothes.
8) Add fall decorations (pumpkins, hay, leaves etc.).
9) Children can now water color their scarecrow.

Scarecrow Children

Trace around the children on large pieces of newsprint.  Let the children color them in making themselves into scarecrows.