Touch and Feel Scarecrows

I recently had a student make a special request that we make a scarecrow at school.  So to honor this request, I did a little research and planning and we celebrated scarecrows!  You know, I have never explored a scarecrow unit in my class before and I have to say, we had a wonderful time exploring our scarecrows….

We didn’t jump right into a scarecrow unit because it took me a week or so to find something for the children to make that I really thought they could do and enjoy doing.  Today, I want to share with you some of the little extras I put together to go along with the making of our scarecrows…

We read the book titled, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda D. Williams.  I have owned this book for years but again, it never occurred to me to partner it up with a scarecrow unit.  This is a wonderful book – full of rhyme, action, patterns, sequencing and just a touch of scary, depending on how you read it, with a not so scary ending…

After reading the book, I gave each child what I call a story book token.  A story book token is something I usually make and give to each child to spark their memory of the book we read in class that day. For this story, I made and gave each child a tiny scarecrow. Some of the children carried their scarecrows around with them all day and others put their scarecrows in their cubby. All the children took their tiny scarecrow home with them at the end of the day…

While making the story book scarecrows, I also made a simple scarecrow texture game.  Scarecrows are packed full of texture  from the straw and sticks for arms and legs to the patches on their clothing so I thought we would explore the textures just a bit as part of our study of scarecrows…

After reading our story, the children put their hand in our mystery box and pulled out a scarecrow….

Each scarecrow was dressed in something different (sandpaper, foam, felt, burlap) and we talked about whether the scarecrow was soft, bumpy, rough, smooth, and so forth…

A fun way to explore the clothing that scarecrows wear and at the same time, promote new vocabulary as we played our touch and feel scarecrow game…

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By |2012-10-04T19:52:12+00:00October 4th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

10 Comments

  1. Brenna October 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Nice idea for scarecrows. Love the texture aspect.

  2. Kim Kneece October 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Another great book that goes along with a scarecrow theme is There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves. I read it to my class today, and the children thoroughly enjoyed it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      I don’t have that book Kim! Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Susan Case October 5, 2012 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I’d love to include this in my Halloween Roundup with a link if that is okay. So cute and sensory.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 5, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Of course! Please feel free to add it to your roundup Susan:)

  4. Melinda October 5, 2012 at 8:12 am - Reply

    This is also a favorite book of mine and has been for years. Because I teach in a Christian School that doesn’t celebrate Halloween, I’ve always used this in a scarecrow unit. Classic! Thanks for the fresh ideas to incorporate!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 5, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

      A scarecrow unit is just as fun!

  5. Anu Ganesh October 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    The scarecrows are very cute!!!

  6. Mary Johnson October 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    This is one of our favorite stories to act out with our four and five year olds. The props are simply the parts of the story….a pair of pants, a flannel shirt, a pair of gloves, the pair of shoes, a black top hat (found at Party City) and of course the pumpkin head (also from Party City). The children love to build a house of blocks for the little old lady (or ladies) and the little old man (or men) to live in. This allows lots of children to participate in the retelling.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      This book is now one of my favorites as well! Thank you for those ideas – I love all the things you can do:)

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