Toddlers are exploring their world with all their senses and doing activities that incorporate different textures is a great way to explore while creating. When I asked my daughter what she wanted to make she very confidently said a scarecrow. We’ve been zooming past them at the store and I told her we’d make one , obviously she remembered. I didn’t just want to make a cut and paste scarecrow so I gathered materials with various textures and a plain old paper plate and this is what we made.
- Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, crayons, glue, scissors, yarn, buttons, some textured paper , felt and yellow construction paper. I had popsicle sticks for hair but as you will see they didn’t work out.
- Let your child explore all the materials. Ask them how they feel and introduce new words to them by labeling the items as they are exploring.
- While your child colors the scarecrow with crayons cut out a nose from the textured paper, hair from the construction paper , yarn for the mouth, a felt hat and strip for the hat.
- Hand them the glue start with the eyes.
- Pop them on.
- Add the nose and the mouth.
- If your child is up for the challenge hand them smaller pieces of yarn to make a stitched mouth. I decided to test the waters and see if my daughter could do this. She has been doing a lot of self directed fine motor tasks so I thought why not try. She did so well and was very proud of herself.
- Add the hair. We started with popscicle sticks but they were too heavy so we switched to paper hair.
- Add the felt hat.
- Let dry.
This is so pretty! And it is perfect to combine with my harvest bulletin board that I have been making! Beautiful!
My daughter’s is prominently displayed as part of our fall decor 🙂
Adorable and simple! Love it!
Love this…I’m a 61 year old grandma (Honey) and I keep 5 of my 15 grands. I’m always looking for easy seasonal crafts that won’t break the bank! thanks
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