Recently I was privileged to be invited to the Southmuir Primary Scarecrow Parade. The school was a recipient of an RBS Supergrounds Award. The money was spent on developing the gardens and encouraging nursery and primary children to work together on a mutual project as part of its approach to supporting children in their transition between nursery and primary school. This is a celebration of the expanded and flourishing garden.

A couple of weeks ago, Teacher Tom blogged about a scarecrow his children decided to make in his nursery. It was a really good example of how children used their own initiative and ideas. This is a super post to read.

This project was very different in that the parents and children were asked to make a scarecrow at home to bring to school. Some of the scarecrows clearly had a lot of child input. Others were acts of labour and love by relatives and friends.

The Scarecrow Day was a lot of fun. The children got their faces painted and made paper scarecrows indoors.

The snack included baby carrots and lettuce from the re-vamped garden.

There were scarecrows inside too.

The children had painted stones to place in the garden where they wanted to see them.

Everyone made a flag that contributed to the bunting hanging on the fence.

At the end of the day, all the children paraded their scarecrows through the whole school. We all sang “I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow” to finish.

I’ve put lots more photos on the Creative STAR Facebook page, so please do take a look! If you want more scarecrow ideas and activities, then check out this website.

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Chapter Forty June 25, 2010 at 03:47

What a great scarecrow day. I am tempted to make my own scarecrow now, it could start some wonderful conversations about what is real? or what is alive? and also thinking about empathy. How does the scarecrow feel when its cold, raining etc..what should he wear for different weather. Fantastic learning tool.


Teacher Tom June 25, 2010 at 13:07

These are magnificent, Juliet. What variety and creativity.


Juliet Robertson June 26, 2010 at 07:18

What I liked was how this event gave the parents a lovely opportunity to be involved in the celebrations with their child. Incidentally there were no prizes for the best dressed scarecrow or anything like that.

Near where I live there is a scarecrow event in the autumn at Drum Castle. Here you arrive in a field full of crosses and second hand clothes. Children and adults can spent as little or as long as they want creating their own scarecrow.


homeage June 27, 2010 at 04:10

I’m thinking that when we get our garden going we might just have to have a scarecrow now!

Princess loves the “dingle, dangle scarecrow” song! We can sing it over and over again!

Those are some truly awesome scarecrows 🙂


Christie - Childhood 101 June 28, 2010 at 12:42

What a wonderful celebration and a gorgeous community of scarecrows – wondering what a group of scarecrows would be called now! LOL


carly@LearningParade August 3, 2010 at 21:05

The bunting turned out great, I see what you mean about creating individual flags for a collaborative display, as suggested on irresistible ideas. Super work!


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