Scarecrows are a fun and colorful part of fall. Children of all ages, but especially kindergarten and first grade children, will enjoy a special scarecrow unit study featuring books, activities, writing prompts, and printables related to scarecrows.
History of Scarecrows
Here is a bit of the history of scarecrows. Did you know they go back to the Ancient Egyptians? Amazing! (Parents may want to read ahead of time and summarize for children.)
Barn Dance Scarecrow Read Aloud Book
Barn Dance! by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is the delightful story of a young boy who sneaks out to the barn in the middle of the night when he hears the animals and scarecrow head out there for a hoedown. The scarecrow leads the way with his fiddle playing and the animals join in with a wild dance in the barn. This Reading Rainbow Book has fun language and entertaining illustrations that will appeal to young children.
Reading Response or Story Map
How To Make a Scarecrow
Scarecrows can look so many different ways – funny, happy, scary, and more. Here are a few different ways to make a scarecrow!
A smaller scarecrow
How to Make a Scarecrow
After watching one of the above videos, have your children write out and illustrate their own directions for how to make a scarecrow using this printable available in my subscriber only area.
Sometimes it’s not possible to make a real scarecrow out of clothes and hay. If you are looking for an easy scarecrow-themed craft made of paper, see my subscriber only area.
Scarecrow Craft Sets
If you are in a hurry or need crafts for a group, try one of these!
A Scarecrow Song for Little Ones
Here is a fun song for little ones who need to move around a bit!
Little Bear Dances with a Scarecrow
One of the very cutest episodes of “Little Bear” is “Moonlight Serenade” when Little Bear goes dancing with a scarecrow under the harvest moon.
Scarecrow Writing Prompts
Ready to do some creative writing? Here are some fun scarecrow writing prompts to use.
- The Day Our Scarecrow Came to Life
- The Mystery of the Unstuffed Scarecrow
- If I Were a Scarecrow
- Why Scarecrows Have Patched Clothing
- The Scarecrow Family Moves to the Big City
For more writing prompts, see my Scarecrow Writing Prompts!
More Books About Scarecrows
If you are looking for some fun picture books to add to your scarecrow unit study, here are a few!