This is a fun project to use with kids in the fall months! I use this lesson with second graders, but the idea could be pushed father if you have older students.
Step 1: Materials Needed
White School Glue
Markers or Crayons
Step 2: Cut the Burlap
They can take their paper plate and trace around the plate with a dark crayon. on my example I used a lid, this would be ok but the actual plate works better.
At the bottom of the circle they can create triangles to give their scarecrow a neck.
Step 3: Glue It!
You will need to warn them that the glue will come through the burlap, and that is ok. They can wash their hands at the end and the glue will dry clear.
I tell my kiddos this is one of the few projects we break my glue rule (using dots the size of apple seeds and of course the dot dot not a lot saying)
Step 4: Fabric Eyes
Talk about the different shapes they can use to make eyes. Have the students draw out their shapes on the fabric with a crayon. As long as the material isn't slick, crayon will show up. They can cut and glue. Tell them again, this is a time where they can use more glue than normal because fabric will soak it up and you need it to stick.
If they want you can use more than one type of fabric to make pupils, again let them be generous with the glue.
Step 5: Do You Smell That Creativity?
Again they can use a crayon (I should add crayola works best, why? They have more pigment in their crayons than wax)
Step 6: Smile for the Picture!
Cutting two triangles and a square they can easily make a bow tie as well, other items can go here, and you will see in my students examples some ideas they came up with.
Step 7: HAY It's STRAW!
If you do not have any hay bails laying around Wal-mart sells decorative bails starting in October. One bail will last a long time, I've had mine for a while and I still have hay!
Glue on hair, eyes brows, and even out the neck, anywhere you feel will make your scarecrow look like he belongs in your field or garden.
Step 8: Plate Hat
I used a crayon to give my hat some color.
Step 9: GLUE IT!
You can add more hay as well if you feel more is needed.
Step 10: Examples
The kids loved this project and many had them up at home for Halloween and they can even hang out in November!
If you do this project I would love to see what you came up with!
Step 11: PoofRabbit's Tips and Tricks
*Cut fabric down to size, this helps your little ones control their pieces better
*Sharpen your scissors, youc an do this just like you sharpen a knife. I have this great tool I bought at the hardware store to make this happen. You might be ok, but once in a while you will get a dull pair and it's hard for kids to cut.
*Remind kids to cut at the back of their scissors on the tips.
*Ask around! You will be amazed at supplies you can get for free from people because they have extra junk lying around, and free is good