Scarecrows are a fun and colorful part of fall. Children of all ages will enjoy a special scarecrow themed unit featuring books, activities, writing prompts, and printables related to scarecrows. If learning with themes is new to you, check out my post on How to Create a Unit Study which includes a video I made with many ideas.
In order to help make your planning as easy as possible, I created Learning with Themes Activity Pack – 41 Print-and-Go Pages. It contains printables and worksheets that can be used with virtually any learning theme – including scarecrows! All of the single page worksheets shown on this page are included in this very affordable download.
Planning Your Scarecrow Theme
This theme planner page is included to help you organize your scarecrow theme. As you go through the suggested ideas below, select the ones that will work best for your children and record them on your planner page.
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 their children.) Keep track of facts you learn about scarecrows using this printable.
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
After reading Barn Dance!, your children can complete either a Story Map or a Reading Response for the book.
If your learners love barn books, you can see more of them in this post – Fun Barn-Themed Books for Kids.
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!
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 this free download in my shop.
Scarecrow Craft Sets
If you prefer something ready to go 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.
After watching the video, write about your favorite part of the story.
Scarecrow Writing Prompts
Ready to do some creative writing? Here are some fun scarecrow writing prompts to use. If your child is too young to write for herself, have her dictate her story to you.
- 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 theme, here are a few.
There are many more fun fall learning activities in my Fall Activity Pack.