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Build a Scarecrow for What to Read Wednesday

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Have you ever made your own scarecrow?  We do just about every year.  It’s such a fun autumn activity, and even though we set him on the porch for Halloween, he also gets used in the garden the next year.  There’s not a whole lot to it and you might even have all the fixin’s at home already.

How to Make Your Own Scarecrow and a List of Scarecrow Books to Read with Your Littles

What you need:

Clothes for Building Your Own Scarecrow

  • Old pair of jeans or overalls
  • Old shirt (we always just pick from clothes the boys have outgrown)
  • Hat
  • Burlap sack or 18×36 piece of burlap
  • Rubber bands
  • Twine
  • Safety Pins
  • 24″ dowel rod, any diameter, but 1/2″ is great
  • Hay, newspapers (or other clothes destined for Goodwill. We have use many things) for stuffing
  • Optional: Gloves, old boots, scarf

What you do:

Banded scarecrow legs

  • Loosely wrap a rubber band around each pant leg

Stuffing scarecrow legs

  • Stuff the pants from the top, getting as much stuffing in it as you can

Banded Scarecrow Shirt and Sleeves

  • Loosely wrap rubber bands around the bottom of the shirt and the cuffs of the sleeve (if you’re using a button-up shirt make sure it’s completely buttoned)

Stuffing Scarecrow Shirt

  • Stuff the shirt from the neck, making sure both sleeves and body cavity are well-stuffed

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  • Place stuffing in the center of the burlap and fold in half so you have a stuffed 18×18 square

scarecrow head

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  • Secure neck with a rubber band, then tie a length of twine around it to make sure it’s sturdy

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  • Lay the shirt down above the pants and carefully secure the back of the shirt to the back of the pants with safety pins (use 3-4)

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  • Add some more stuffing to the body before securing the front of the shirt to the front of the pants with more safety pins

scarecrow-tie-waist

  • Tie a length of twine around the waist and tie tightly
  • Push one end of the dowel rod into the head through the neck
  • Push the other end of the dowel rod into the body through the neck of the shirt (It helps hold the body and head upright)
  • Secure head to shirt with safety pins
  • Add hat (you might want to pin it to the head so it doesn’t blow off in the October wind)
  • Paint a face on your scarecrow if you like
  • Stuff and add hat, gloves, boots or whatever else will make him special

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I would show you what ours looked like with the burlap face, but 3/4 of the way through making it the boys decided they’d rather have a jack-o-lantern head like in The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

What to Read While Building a Scarecrow

 Scarecrow Picture Books

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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