We like this scarecrow for the scope it gives little ones to quietly colour and make the scarecrow their own before the finishing touch of the split pins. It’s a good one for those times when everyone’s been hugely excited and needs a while to calm down again.

In this period where so many parents have been trying to juggle working from home with parenting, this is one of those crafts that can be reserved for when you need 20 peaceful minutes to concentrate on something, and it can go beyond scarecrows to almost any living creature. You can also use split pins at the elbows and knees for funkier dance moves, should you wish!

Don’t forget to share pictures of your makes with us on social media with the hashtag #kettlewellscarecrow – we’d love to see how you get on!

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A dancing scarecrow!
Yield: 1

Make your own dancing scarecrow

Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

One of those lovely crafty activities that can take as little or as much time as you like. You can go into lots of detail drawing your scarecrow and colouring them in.

Materials

  • Card/thick paper
  • Colouring pencils/pens
  • Split pins (paper fasteners) x4

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Blu-tack/plasticine/dry sponge to make holes safely

Instructions

  1. Draw a scarecrow body, legs and arms, separately onto your card. Draw and cut out the body, arms and legs on some card
  2. When you have the design you like, colour it in.
  3. Very carefully (or ask an adult’s help) make small holes in the bottom of the body, where the legs will attach and the same for the arms. Make holes on the body where the hips and shoulders would be
  4. Make a hole at the top of each arm and leg. Make a hole at the top of the leg
  5. Poke the split pin through the body and put on the relevant limb. Fold the ends over to attach. Fold down the ends of the split pin on the reverse to attach securely
  6. You can now make your scarecrow do some funky dance moves! Scarecrow doing a high kick

Notes

While this craft is very simple, please be careful when making the holes to attach the split pins. The old-fashioned way of putting the card on some plasticine or a sponge before poking through a pencil or skewer is still the safest way we know of.