Building Skills – Scarecrows
Creating scarecrows is a great activity for kids for a number of reasons.
Large Motor Skills
- Stuffing straw into leg and arm holes
- Lifting body parts
- Reaching and stretching
Fine Motor Skills
- Picking up small pieces of straw
Buttoning shirts and pants
Labeling child’s actions, such as:
- Describing the scarecrow
Creating stories about the scarecrow
Creating something that will be part of their garden or outdoor space for an entire season builds an attachment to this project.
In a group, children will be sharing materials and common space. You can lead in conversation what each child is doing.
- Lifting together
- Sharing materials
- Building near each other
Children decide what final outcome of scarecrow will be. This develops abstract thinking.
Children build the scarecrow based on visual perceptions they remember or have seen in stories.
If you’re looking for a great activity to do with your child, try building a scarecrow.