On a cold foggy fall day, what better kid playdate is there than making your own scarecrow? I also considered this a recycling/reusing lesson since we were using Kid A’s old clothes, plastic grocery bags and other odds and ends around the house.
I scavenged around the house to collect things to dress him in, Kid A’s old Levi’s, thermal long sleeve shirt, fabric swatches and burlap. Then a quick trip to the 99 Cent Store to get a bandana, hat and broom.
Items needed to assemble our little man included: a hot glue gun/glue sticks, scissors, raffia, twine, popsicle sticks, clothespins, plastic bags, brown bags, wooden stick and eyeballs. You can just use any odds and ends you have around the house too.
We started with his jeans. We used safety pins to close the bottom of the jeans, then stuffed them with plastic bags to fill them. Using plastic bags we decided worked best instead of newspaper so they wouldn’t get soggy in the rain. Plus we wanted to get rid of the last plastic bags we had forever!
I reused these two fabric brown bags and filled them with plastic grocery bags for the heads.
I draped the thermal shirt along a wooden stick.
Then using safety pins, I attached the shirt to the jeans. Twine worked well to tie the shirt/stick to the broom. Then I placed the brown bag on the broom for the head.
Now for the fun part, decorating our scarecrow. Using old pants, swatches of burlap and scraps of fabric, we cut patches and used the hot glue gun to place them all over his shirt, pants and even his hat. I glued his eyeballs and nose on, then just used a black Sharpie for his smile.
And thus, our scarecrow was born! Kid A decided to name him Shocker…hmmm not sure what that’s about but I just went with it.
Our neighbor friend named her scarecrow, Emily. Emily had braids made from raffia! And off they went into the garden to protect our vegetable gardens.
A super easy, creative and earth friendly rainy day activity for the kiddos!