Friday, November 18, 2011

All Things Scarecrows: Art Projects, Math Game, Printable Dice, Children's Book Reviews, and FREE Downloads

Don't you just love Scarecrows? We do! Today I am going to share some fun Scarecrow activities we have been doing around our house as well as 4 FREE FUN scarecrow downloads!

Scarecrow's Missing Buttons Game
One of Little Red's friends has started joining us once a week during our preschool time and it has been a lot of fun. We usually do preschool time everyday so it is fun to have a friend join us for one of the days.
I made up this really fun "Scarecrow's Missing Buttons Game". I gave each girl a Scarecrow Game Board to color. Notice how Little Red felt the need to turn her scarecrow into a girl scarecrow by coloring long brown hair? She is my little princess that is for sure! I gave the girls a bowl full of buttons and a dice. Each girl rolled the dice and then figured out what number they had rolled. They then placed the amount of buttons they rolled onto their scarecrow playing board. They had so much fun deciding where to place their buttons on their scarecrow and played the game over and over.
My amazing sister Lindsey designed a printable dice for me to share with you (in case you don't have a dice on handy at home). Isn't it amazing? She figured out the actual blank dice template (brilliant), and then I simply just added what I wanted on the dice and the instructions. Don't you just love it?!? I can't wait to design different variations of the dice. Thanks Lindsey for sharing your awesome talent with us. Please remember this printable is for personal and classroom use only. No altering or reselling allowed.

CLICK HERE to download your FREE Scarecrow's Missing Buttons Game that includes the game board as well as a page of printable buttons.

CLICK HERE to download the awesome printable dice.

Scarecrow Puppet
The girls had a lot of fun making these scarecrow puppets. I designed them to have movable arms and a torso by adding brads to the scarecrow. Once the scarecrow was colored, cut out, and the brads were added, we added strips of cut up corn husk to look like the scarecrow was stuffed with hay. The last things we did was add the "I'm a Little Scarecrow" poem below, as well as a wooden dowel to the scarecrow. Little Red has had a lot of fun playing with the scarecrow, using it to decorate outside by our stack of corn husks, as well placing it all over to decorate the inside our home.

This cute Scarecrow Puppet is only $1.00 and can be purchased at my Etsy Store CLICK HERE or my Teacher's Notebook Store CLICK HERE.

Here is your next FREE Dowload:

CLICK HERE to download the "I'm a Little Scarecrow" poem as well as this cute "Scarecrow Scarecrow" action song that we have had so much fun singing together these last couple of weeks.

Finish the Scarecrow PageAnother fun activity we did that helps with spacial reasoning, expanding your child's imagination, and fine motor skills (plus it is just plain old fun) is this "Finish the Scarecrow" page. Your child is given a partial scarecrow and is asked to finish the scarecrow to help scare "those pesky birds" away. Fun right?

CLICK HERE for your FREE download of my "Finish the Scarecrow" page.

This page is a part of my NEW "My Thanksgiving Book". If you missed my post about it CLICK HERE. My "MY Thanksgiving Book" is ten pages full of creative fall fun. It was designed to be enjoyed by kids of all ages. It would be perfect to use throughout the rest of the month or on Thanksgiving day to keep little hands busy, while you stay busy!

Scarecrow Children's Literature Recommendations The two books pictured "The Lonely Scarecrow" and "Hello Mr. Scarecrow" have been two favorites in our household for a long time. We loved reading them again this year.

The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston is a sweet story about a scarecrow who is sad because all of the little animals are scared of him and don't want to come near him. He is so lonely and all he wants is a friend and for everyone to not be so afraid of him. As Fall turns to Winter something magical happens when it begins to snow. Find out how this scarecrow becomes not so scary and is eventually loved by all of these little animals.

Hello Mr. Scarecrow by Rob Lewis is a wonderful book that takes the reader through the months of the year and all of the seasons. It is an excellent book to show the timeline of what happens to the scarecrow each month of the year. It has simple text that helps keep the reader's attention. I love this book! It is one of the books I recommend reading when teaching about the months of the year. If you missed my post about my Months of the Year Activity Pack that includes a free download of a darling months of the year book CLICK HERE.

I hope to get in at least one more Fall/Thanksgiving related post about Turkeys before Thanksgiving is over with. For now enjoy all of these fun Scarecrow related activities!

Thank you for sharing your excitement in the things I share with you on my blog. It means a lot to me! Take care and God Bless you all!


Unknown said...

What fun! I really like the button game!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Great post - thanks for sharing your scarecrow printables. We missed scarecrow theme this year, but there is always next year. Thanks for joining WMCIR!