Whether you’re learning about fall, Thanksgiving, exploring a farm theme or getting ready for Thanksgiving and harvest festivals, easy scarecrow crafts are great fun to share with kids and these scarecrow crafts for preschoolers and kindergarteners offer loads of different opportunities for learning.
One of the reasons why I think that scarecrows make great craft options for preschoolers and kindergarteners is that it doesn’t matter if they look less than perfect. After all the messiness and imperfections are a big part of their charm!
As well as sharing some easy scarecrow crafts that you can do at home with your child or in preschools I’ll also be sharing details about scarecrow themed books perfect for younger kids, scarecrow songs plus a free scarecrow template that you can download.
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We’re lucky to live near some farms and quite a few allotments and whenever we’ve spotted a scarecrow there’s always a sense of excitement for my kids. I’m not sure quite what it is that makes them so captivating for children but I really believe that if kids are interested in something then it’s much easier to turn it into a fun project for them and it’s easier for you as a parent to get them involved.
This post originally started as a short list of scarecrow crafts for preschoolers but over time I’ve found so many cool craft ideas on the internet that I had to include them. Basically I’ve read all of the internet so you don’t have too!
I’ve also updated this post to include ideas for children in kindergarten and EYFS too. This is because there’s such a range of abilities and interests during kid’s early years that I thought the best person to decide what is right for your child is probably you, after all kids develop at such different rates.
Scarecrow Books for Preschoolers
I love any excuse too share a story with my kids so if I link a book up with an activity then I figure that’s a good thing!
The first of these suggestions is one that I’ve read with my kids and that we all enjoyed, the other two are ones I want to check out. Got a suggestion for a scarecrow book that preschoolers would like? I’d love to hear abut it!
The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry
The Little Scarecrow Boy by by Margaret Wise Brown and David Diaz
Free Scarecrow Template
As well as the adorable scarecrow crafts I’ve listed below you might like to check out our free scarecrow template.
This simple scarecrow outline is perfect for is perfect for fall crafts and you can use it for coloring or designing your own scarecrow.
We have loads of free printables for fall activities including leaves, acorns and fall themed playdoh mats so if you need some easy ideas to help encourage your child’s creativity make sure you check them out.
If your little scarecrows need to shake out some energy before they can settle down why not put on a scarecrow song and get them to join in with their best dance moves?
My kids loved Dingle Dangle Scarecrow and I’m a Little Scarecrow is a great choice too!
Scarecrow Craft Ideas
All of the scarecrow crafts for preschoolers that I’m sharing today appear in the same order that they appear in the collage below, there’s more ideas than I’ve shared pictures for though so do take a look through the whole list for some more inspiration.
Want to remember all these fun ideas? Make sure that you bookmark this page or pin an image so that you’ll have this to hand when you need it.
Want more ideas? You’ll find inspiration for farming and fall crafts at the end of this post.
I love making paper bag puppets because not only do they use a really cheap craft material but they’re great for kids to play with afterwards. These paper bag scarecrows were based on a book that both my kids really enjoyed and I think it’s fun to act out what’s happening in the story too! You can read the step by step instructions for this craft or you can also follow the video tutorial I’ve linked to this page if you’d prefer to see it in action.
Toddler Approved shares a simple cardboard scarecrow craft.
I love the googly eyes in this easy scarecrow activity from No Time for Flash Cards, and it would be a great way for learning about shapes with your child.
We love keepsake crafts and this handprint scarecrow from Crafty Morning is a great idea.
Paper roll scarecrow crafts have to be a fall and harvest classic, I’m sure I made one when I was younger too! These paper roll scarecrows from Non-Toy Gifts look fantastic and if you don’t have the googly eyes they’ve used you could always draw in some using a black marker.
Tearing paper is a great craft for preschoolers and it’s really good for helping to support fine motor skills so this torn paper scarecrow from Crafty Morning is a great idea.
We’ve shared a free printable scarecrow craft that kids can colour and make into a little basket which my kids thought was ideal for holding snacks such as grapes or crackers. This craft is a great excuse to practice using scissors too.
We made this paper plate scarecrow craft using our free template that you’ll find linked to above.
Grab our free printable build a scarecrow craft that kids can color, cut and paste to make their own scarecrows.
This easy paper plate scarecrow is from No Time for Flashcards and the different textures and materials are great for preschoolers to explore.
Why not try out some fun scarecrow potato printing following this tutorial from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails? If your preschooler has problems holding on to a potato to paint with then one tip that I’ve seen is putting a fork into it that they can hold onto instead.
Craft foam is a great way for preschoolers to practice cutting and this foam scarecrow is super cute (to make this with preschoolers or young kids I’d totally recommend swapping the glue used in the post for PVA glue).
Scarecrow wooden spoon puppet from Our Little House In The Country.
Most of us have some craft sticks or popsicle sticks somewhere in our craft supplies and these popsicle stick scarecrows from Simple Mom Project are a great way to use them up! I love that jaunty little hat this scarecrow has too!
Meaningful Mama shares a tutorial for making these cute scarecrows out of paper wheels. If you want to make this paper craft with your child be aware that hot glue is used at one point (although double sided tape is given as an alternative) so this will definitely a part of the activity that adults need to do.
Check through your recycling bin for supplies and make this toilet paper roll scarecrow from Still Playing School.
This paper bowl scarecrow craft from I Heart Crafty Things is adorable and I’m sure that you could swap the bowl for a paper plate if that’s what you have available at home.
Red Ted Art shares how to make some simple craft stick scarecrows.
I absolutely love a keepsake and this handprint scarecrow art from Crafty Morning is definitely one that you’ll want to keep or stick on the front of your fridge!
If you enjoyed the scarecrow songs for kids then why not make this Dingle Dangle scarecrow puppet from Kids Craft Room?
More Easy Crafts for Kids:
This apple tree activity is great for helping to support fine motor skills
These autumn leaf sun catchers look fantastic up in a window.
Finally this collection of farm animal crafts is perfect for preschoolers.