There is nothing more fun than making a scarecrow for the classroom and the garden. To get started you will need to have a volunteer build some supports. The support is basically a wooden cross. The horizontal piece will support the arms and the vertical piece goes through the body to hold it up.
Start to gather up some old clothes from friends and family or from your local thrift shop. You will need some pants, shirts, socks, hats, anything that you think will be fun to dress a scarecrow in.
You will also need some twine or string, safety pins, scissors, newspaper for stuffing, markers, a paper bag or old pillow case for the head and a small amount of straw.
Once you have all the supplies, organize them in a couple of different spots. You may want one station just for head making. I like using coloured permanent markers for drawing the faces. Another station may be to used to stuff the clothes with newspaper. Remember you can’t have too much paper as it gets crumpled up and doesn’t go as far as it looks.
Once you have stuffed the legs and arms halfway, place the support in. Be sure to leave room for it to go through the newspaper. This is same for the arms. You may need two people, one to hold the frame while one stuffs the arms and legs. Hold the pants on to the shirt with safety pins. You don’t want your scarecrow losing his pants!
Attach the head last and place the top part of the support into the head. Pin the pillow case or bag to the shirt if needed. Once you have your scarecrow stuffed and ready to finish, add a bit of straw to the ends of the arms and pant bottoms. Perhaps a touch of straw for hair as well. You can use yarn to make braids or hair of your choosing. We even cut a paper bag into strips and scored one inch lengths to get curls. We then attached them to the scarecrows head. Add a hat to your scarecrow for the final touch. Viola! You are done.
Place your scarecrow in the garden and be sure to take a group photo with him. If you made extra scarecrows, take one back to the classroom to enjoy.