Play dough is very popular in our home and this invitation to build a scarecrow was a huge hit! My son played with the tray for about an hour straight! That’s saying A LOT!
This week the PLAYful Preschool theme is Scarecrows. The team has a bunch of fun and engaging activities to share with you! Don’t forget to check out their posts at the bottom of this page. Follow #playfulpreschool across all social media platforms as well!
When I say this activity was a huge hit, I really mean it. Evan doesn’t sit with one activity for very long, but this had enough going on to keep him occupied for a long time. He keeps asking to do it again and again. While playing with the tray, he had lots of fine motor practice. He also worked on color recognition while discussing the many different colors represented. He even used critical thinking skills while trying to figure out how to make a scarecrow and get certain pieces to stick or stay in a certain position.
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Play-Doh – several different colors
Shredded paper – I got mine at the dollar store next to the gift wrapping supplies
Pipe cleaners and/or popsicle sticks – he ended up using both
1. Put all the supplies out on the table. That’s it!
There are really no directions. Just leave the supplies out and invite your child to make a scarecrow. Since Evan is only three, I found it helpful to leave some pictures of scarecrows nearby. This way he had some ideas for how to make one. I definitely didn’t make him follow any specific guidelines or even use the pictures if he didn’t want to. He made a more traditional scarecrow at first, but by the end he had a bunch of eyes, swords (popsicle sticks) and shields (buttons). It was an excellent invitation for imaginative play too!
For More Scarecrow Learning Activities for Kids from the #PlayfulPreschool Team:
Scarecrow Process Art by Fun-A-Day
Shape Scarecrow by The Educators’ Spin On It
Invitation to Build a Scarecrow with Play Dough by Mom Inspired Life
Alphabet Activity: Scarecrow Letter Patches by Growing Book by Book
Scarecrow Hunt with Free Printable by Capri + 3
Build A Scarecrow by Learning 2 Walk
5 Little Scarecrows Poem and PowerPoint for #PlayfulPreschool by The Preschool Toolbox
The Benefits of Creative Collage for Kids by Still Playing School
Exploring Scarecrows with Technology by Rainy Day Mum
Stick Puppet Scarecrows by Tiny Tots Adventures
For more fine motor learning activities for kids, check out my Fine Motor Pinterest board!