Book Craft - The Scarecrow

 

This month's book craft goes along with the book "The Scarecrow" by Beth Ferry.  This is a cute book about friendship and caring for others.  The pictures in this book are beautifully done!  My daughter really enjoyed this story and had fun making her own scarecrow afterward!  

SUPPLIES

  • Paper Lunch Sack
  • 1 sheet of felt or colored paper for the hat
  • ½ sheet of felt or colored paper for the straw hair
  • 2 buttons
  • Ribbon or washi tape (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers for nose and mouth
  • Plastic grocery bags or paper to stuff the sack

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1 – Stuff the brown paper sack with plastic grocery bags or paper until it is about half to two-thirds full. Fold the top of sack over once.  

Step 2 – Take the full sheet of brown felt and cut 2 felt hats.  (Download the scarecrow hat template here.)  Take the yellow piece of felt and cut a bunch of the ”straw” pieces the width of the felt.  (You can use paper if you don't have felt on hand.) Depending on the age of your child, you may have to help cut the felt.  I like to still have my kids practice cutting, so they cut the pattern.  Another trick is to trace the pattern outline on the felt for kids to cut around!  That's easier for them than keeping the pattern piece in place.  

Step 3 – Make a thick line of glue around the sack, right about the top of the stuffing.  Take each straw piece and fold each it in half and glue them onto the paper sack.  Be generous with the glue, especially on the felt. You may have to hold the pieces together for a bit for it to stick.  Let the straw hair set for a few minutes. 

Step 4 -  Grab one of your hat pieces.  Beginning above the brim line, make a glue line on the edge until you get to the next brim line.  Place the other hat piece onto it and glue together.    

Step 5 – After the glue has set a little, place the hat on the scarecrows head, covering the hair.  Glue in place.  If desired, place ribbon or washi tape around the top of the brim of the hat.  If using ribbon, you will need to glue it on.  Also place ribbon/washi tape around the bottom of the sack for decoration.  

Step 6 – Glue the button eyes on. Draw a nose and the mouth with markers.  (And remember, it's okay if they turn out like this, or this, or this!  It's all about developing those fine motor skills!)

Your scarecrow is all done!  Enjoy your new friend!  

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