***I have updated the links in this post HERE. Sometimes the links don't work anymore or freebies disappear. I checked them all and added some new ones at my new post!
We are making these scarecrows this week. I always love the expressions on anything the children make where they draw on faces.
Last year I had to resort to cutting off parts of my broom for the "straw" for their little hands and feet. Poor Mr. Broom has this botched up looking haircut. This year, I actually had my husband get me some hay from the hay bale his scarecrow is sitting on for his school contest. It's always something! This year I also remembered my hot glue gun to put on the buttons. They fall right off with Elmer's.
We are also working on learning left and right. I wrote a little story YEARS ago for a game to play at a Halloween party for my own kids. I used the idea from the Mr. and Mrs. Wright stories that people use at Christmas party gift swaps, where you pass a gift to the left or right whenever the word left or right is said. For our game, the children held hands and went around in a circle to the left or to the right whenever I said that word. So, if I said, "left," the children walked their circle to the left. They kept walking that direction until I read the word "right" in my story, when they had to switch and go to the right. They loved it.
We played it again sitting on the floor in a circle. This time, everyone was holding a different type of wrapped candy. When I read "left" they passed their piece to the person on their left. When I read "right" they passed it to the person on their right.
For my Kindergarteners, I had them raise their left hand if I said, "left" or their right hand each time I said, "right." They liked this, too.
Here is my story if you would like a copy. Just click on the picture below to get yours! Feel free to change it any way you would like. I have two versions. The first one is RIGHT/LEFT- every other direction. This was good for the hand-raising game I played with my Kindergarteners. The second version is a mix- several lefts or rights in a row. This works best for the candy passing game, and even for the circle walking game.
Here are some other good ones...
This one is good for teaching about how we all have jobs that are important to do, even when we don't feel like working and would rather play (not that you would ever need that lesson...)
Ready for some FREEBIES?
I found some wonderful things at TPT and just random places online!
Busy Bee Crafts has the directions to make this cute little scarecrow. I love the cupcake liner hat!
I found some adorable food scarecrows!
Look at this darling little Scarecrow Candy Necklace by Spoonful...
and these cuties also from Spoonful.
These are from Land-O-Lakes.
I am in love with these crows from at Party Pinching!
How about this little meal from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons? So cute!
Here are some great activities for you.
2 Teaching Mommies has a wonderful free Scarecrow Unit at their blog.
Here are the activities it includes:
- How Many Crows?
- Cc Letter Sort
- Number Order Puzzle (1-10 and 11-20)
- Roll & Graph
- Magnet Page
- Spelling Page
- Count & Clip
- Which is Different?
- Patterns (ABAB and AABB)
- Writing Maze
- Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
- Size Sort
Here are some great math ideas:
I liked this Scarecrow Mini Math Unit FREEBIE from Chrissy Cox.
Learning Harbor made this great Silly Scarecrow Math Game.
Elena Ortiz made a Scarecrow Ten Frame Matching Game. So cute!
Betsy Lockaby made some cute little Scarecrow Ten Frames, too.
This is a great Scarecrow Glyph by Cindy Conley. Glyphs are always fun!
Teaching Wright made this cute little Scarecrow Missing Numbers activity.
Shelley Lovett made this Scarecrow Roll and Cover game which is perfect for a math center. My kids still need work on number recognition. She suggested using play doh to cover the numbers. That would be fun.
Kid Sparkz made this Scarecrow Cut and Paste with Shapes. This would be great for Pre-K, and you could add some sight words, numbers, or even just some details to it for Kindergarten!
Live, Laugh, Love Kindergarten has an adorable Roll and Color Scarecrow Activity. She made it to go along with The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. I love this and cannot wait to use it!
This Roll or Spin a Scarecrow Activity from Sped Ventures also goes with the story.
Little Miss Kindergarten made a cute Roll a Sammy the Scarecrow coloring activity.
Here are some Literacy favorites.
Nicki Thigpen made an adorable Scarecrow Color-By-Sightword Activity that would be a perfect follow up activity to do after reading any of the scarecrow books. I love her work!
In fact, this great Scarecrow Pal Writing Activity from Cheryl Charbonneau would be fun to use with it.
Primary Perspective made this fun Scarecrow Literacy Freebie to work on "ow" words like crow.
The Notebooking Nook has a Free Scarecrow Activity Packet with LOTS of great activities in it. Free! Here is her TPT description of what is included:
alphabet tracing cards - upper and lower case (suggestion below)
picture vocabulary with letter and word tracing
finding the first letter of the picture
matching the correct word with picture
writing a sentence about scarecrows (suggestion below)
number tracing cards
How many scarecrows?
puzzles -- 5, 10, 10-20
number maze up to 20
counting pumpkins coloring page
adding and subtracting pages
graphing with die
color by number
color leaves the correct color
What one is different?
What is missing?
dot marker pages
I love these free Scarecrow Sightwords from Lisa Parnello. These are great for a matching game, for flashcard practice, or for line up games!
1-2-3 Learn Curriculum made a precious Scarecrow, Scarecrow What Do You See Book. My kids will love this. She includes a colored version, as well as black and white version for the children to color.
Sara Connell made a great Rhyming Words Freebie.
Melissa Moran has a cute Colorful Scarecrow Readerfor the children to color and practice color words.
Jennifer Brown made this cute Scarecrow Loves Fall Easy Reader. It would be great to go with the Five Sense Unit in fall!
Michelle, The 3 AM Teacher, has some free Scarecrow Toppers and Banners.
Have a wonderful, crow-free day!