Scare away fears with colorful scarecrows

By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Scarecrows can be scary — or they can help children understand how to chase away their fears. Your children can make scarecrows all this week at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Ages: preschool and above

Materials: 6” x 9” construction paper, straw or dried grass, popsicle sticks, white glue, markers, wrapping paper scraps, foam shapes

Instructions:

Choose a sheet of construction paper.

Glue the popsicle stick on the paper.

Create a scarecrow by adding a body and a face.

Draw and cut out clothes from the wrapping paper. Glue them on the body and glue straw sticking out of the clothing.

Draw in a background.

TEACHABLE MOMENTS

A wonderful way to begin this project is to read a book about scarecrows entitled The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams and Megan Lloyd. Although scarecrows are mostly used as seasonal decorations today, you can tell your children that in years past farmers created them out of straw and old clothing to scare birds away from their corn crops. As your children create their scarecrows, share the following poem.

Five Little Scarecrows

Five little scarecrows
By the old barn door
One went home and then there were four.
Four little scarecrows
By the old oak tree
One went home and then there were three.
Three little scarecrows
With nothing to do
One went home and then there were two.
Two little scarecrows
Out in the sun
One went home and then there was one.
One little scarecrow all alone through the day
He scared all the crows and they all flew away.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX

The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.

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