This past week Emily asked me if she could make a scare crow magnet similar to one she made last year. I told her that was fine, but I didn't realize she would get out the materials and start working on it herself. She gathered Popsicle sticks and glued them in a row on a piece of square paper she had cut. She glued an extra one at an angle to make a separation between the face and the hat. She painted the hat with poster paint, drew the face on with shapries, and made little braids out of some twine I had in the craft cupboard. She finished it off with a flower from the sticker drawer and a heavy duty magnet for the back.
I was really impressed with her finished magnet and by the fact that she took the initiative for this project. And as I looked at her scarecrow, I realized this craft could just as easily be turned into a snowman which is what I will be doing with the kids in December when I am a guest art teacher during her Independent Studies Day.
So if you have some craft Popsicle sticks lying around, why not make a scarecrow magnet with your kiddos. And it just so happens that this week when I went to change the library display case I found a great scarecrow book to review. It is called Scarecrow Pete and is an imaginative story of a boy who finds out that his garden scarecrow can speak. And what Pete wants is to be read to. This is a beautiful book encouraging a love of reading and the illustrations are pretty whimsical. This book is from 2005, but it is well worth seeing if your library has a copy or buying a used copy.
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