Every fall I like to do a theme on scarecrows. There are so many great books, songs, poems and art projects that can be utilized. My students especially enjoy making paper plate scarecrows and shape crows. They glue them onto jumbo craft sticks, and they’ve got the perfect hand props for our Sammy the Scarecrow circle time activity!
The children hold their props while I recite the action poem and demonstrate the appropriate motions. After reciting the poem a few times the children enthusiastically join in. If the children wish, they can take turns being scarecrows and crows.
SAMMY THE SCARECROW
Sammy the Scarecrow is my name
On the farm I’ve gained some fame
Standing high on a stick (raise scarecrows)
Scaring crows is my trick
When they fly and caw (move crows about)
I wave my arms of straw
Then I loudly shout
Hey you crows, GET OUT (children who are crows leave the circle)
I often repeat this activity throughout the fall months. It’s always a hit and it helps to strengthen listening, memory, and recall skills. It also develops phonemic awareness.
– Small paper plates
– Construction Paper
– A variety of decorative items
– Crayons or markers
– Googly eyes
– Straw or raffia
– Jumbo craft sticks
– Our free scarecrow hat pattern
– Our free shape crow pattern
– Sammy the Scarecrow poem