A Celebration of Scarecrows

Scarecrows have been known at least as long ago as ancient Egypt. In some cultures, people were sent to the fields to keep away the pests. The Creek Indians did this in America. Before modern times, the English would also send out the very young and the very old to their fields with noise makers. All people rely on a good harvest to last them through the winter, and scarecrows, human or straw, help them to have one.

Did you know that scarecrows are also called:

Jacks-of-straw
Scarebirds
Tattybogles
Shoy-hoys?

Let's have some fun this harvest time with scarecrow crafts, scarecrow facts, and scarecrow stories.

In the Library

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown
Cover to the Scarecrow of OzEarly one morning, a little scarecrow whose father warns him that he is not fierce enough to frighten a crow goes out into the cornfield alone. By the author of Goodnight, Moon.

The Scarebird by Sid Fleischman
A grumpy, lonely farmer makes a friend of his scarecrow and finds his tired old heart opens to others as well.

Scarecrow! by Valerie Littlewood
All about scarecrows' history around the world. Lots of fascinating pictures.

The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The adventures of Trot and Cap'n Bill take them to Oz where they help solve the problem of Pom, whose truelove's heart has been turned to ice by witches. Another terrific Oz tale where the Scarecrow helps to save the day.

The Scarecrows and Their Child by Mary Stoltz.
While looking for work, two scarecrows become separated from their cat child, finding each other again on Halloween.

The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken Brown
Chicken thinks Scarecrow's hat will make a nice nest, but first she must swap with Badger, Crow, Sheep, Owl, and Donkey. With its repetition and bright pictures, this tale is good for young ones at story time.

Scarecrows on the Web

Hay There: 10 Scarecrow-themed Crafts and Treats
spoonful.com/crafts/10-scarecrow-crafts-and-treats
Treats, papercrafts, and a recipe for a scarecrow cake. Also try an easy scarecrow costume for kids.

Make a Scarecrow
www.bestgardening.com/bgc/hub/kidsscarecrow01.htm
This is a cool project-making a full-size scarecrow from scratch-but you'll need your adult's advice for the hammer and nails part.

Scarecrow Scramble Recipe
www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/1751/Scarecrow-Scramble84118.shtml
An easy, crunchy, and savory snack mix from the oven--perfect for young scarecrows.

Scarecrow Theme from Step by Step
stepbystepcc.com/scarecrow.html
Recommended scarecrow books for little ones; songs, poems, and finger plays; and arts and crafts ideas. Teachers: you can make mini scarecrows with paper lunch bags and basic craft supplies or choose the "shapes" version to combine the craft with early math concepts.