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Friday, October 10, 2008

Scarecrow Party

I can't believe how quickly the week has gone!! This time of year it seams that we get so busy, but it's a good busy. It's the kind of busy that's alive with kid fun.

No matter how busy we get, we always have time to share a great story. Last Saturday we went to the book store and bought a few new books to add to our "Fall"collection. I hope to share all about them, and the fun activities that they have inspired in the next few days.

Barn Dance is not a book that is new to our collection, but it is one of my very favorite books. The text is so musical, and the story if filled with magic as the scarecrow comes to life and the farm animals dance until the wee hour of morning.

To celebrate the season and extend the fun of this book, we invited a couple of friends over and made our very own scarecrows.

We used some of our Little Guy's old jeans and a shirt (about size 3). They were just the size for the girls to easily work with (Little Guy helped but I think he was off eating candy corn for most of the pictures). We stuffed our scarecrow with plastic grocery bags.

For the head the girls stuffed one sack with other sacks. They then shaped it into a rounded shape, inserted a ruler (you could use a yardstick if you want the scare crow to stand up), and tied off the bag.

Now for the fun stuff!! We brought our scarecrows to life by creating our own lively faces. We draped the fabric over the "plastic bag" head and tied it on with raffia. We then finished off the scarecrows by tying the wrists and ankles with raffia, and adding a little raffia for hair when needed.This guy went to live at the home of our good friends!! Isn't he fun?

This guy sits on our front porch keeping watch!! Don't you just bet he dances in the yard while we're sleeping?!?

I didn't worry about connecting these guys at the waist. We just sat the bottom portion on a chair and the top portion on top of it, but you could use a long dowel rod or yard stick to connect them for a standing scarecrow (you would also need to make a hole in the pants, so that the dowel or stick could be used to stand up the scarecrow).

Have a delightful day!!


ChefDruck said...

What a great craft idea! My kids would love to do this. Thanks! And thanks for visiting my blog - I'm glad I found yours.

Mama Zen said...

This is so cool! My daughter loves scarecrows, so she'll love this!

Beverly said...

Thanks for visiting Pink Saturday and my blog.

I so love your scarecrows. I need to try to make one, but my creativity has limits.

Tabitha Blue said...

That looks like so much fun! What a great idea. Perfect with your own kiddos clothes. :)

Grace said...

that looks like such fun, for both the kids and the adults! if i'm being totally honest, scarecrows freak me out when they're made to be creepy. is that irrational? :)

KarenHarveyCox said...

These look like so much fun. When my girls were little I used to take them to a nearby Apple Orchard where they had all the fixings to create your own scarecrow right there. The whole family looked forward that event each year. Karen

Anonymous said...

Those turned out SO cute!!