Are you ready to decorate your garden before winter? How about this fun autumn decoration? You can create it together with your kids, decorate your house, garden or even a classroom. There is one well know song you can learn along the way, and make this project even more enjoyable for kids. Let’s have a look!

Make your dingle dangle scarecrow

scarecrow-in-field

What you will need to create your scarecrow is the following:

  • Straw (or newspaper)
  • A hat
  • Old kids’ clothes you have at home
  • A needle and a thread
  • A paper bag
  • Removable adhesive tabs (or sticky tacks)
  • A string
  • 2 garden canes

What to do?

It’s really an easy peasy job for your kids. It takes a few minutes to create your own scarecrow. This is what you should do:

  • Separate the clothes on the table and stuff it with the straw
  • Make holes in the clothes through which the garden can will go
  • Use the paper bag to draw a face on
  • Fill the paper bag with the straw
  • Use 1 garden cane to put the stuffed bag over the end
  • Tie the bag around the neck
  • Push the garden cane through the clothes (and holes you made)
  • Use removable adhesive tabs or sticky tacks to hold the cane to the clothes and avoid sliding
  • Push another garden cane through the arms
  • Push the garden cane into the ground to see your scarecrow standing
  • Put a had on your scarecrow’s head

And there we go! Your dingle-dangle scarecrow is ready! Leave a little bit of straw hanging down the arms and legs so you can see it moves around once you start playing with it.

Now let’s sing!

Our scarecrow is ready to dingle-dangle its hands and feet! Also, teachers can ask children to pretend to be scarecrows and use their hands and feet for this dingle-dangle song. This is how it goes:

When all the cows were sleeping and the sun had gone to bed,
Up jumped the scarecrow and this is what he said:
I’m a dingle, dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this and shake my feet like that!
When all the hens were roosting and the moon behind the cloud,
Up jumped the scarecrow and shouted very loud:
I’m a dingle, dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this and shake my feet like that!
When the dogs were in the kennels and the doves were in the loft,
Up jumped the scarecrow and whispered very soft:
I’m a dingle, dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this and shake my feet like that!

Send us a picture!

How do you like our dingle-dangle scarecrow project? Let us know in comments bellow and feel free to send us the photos of your scarecrow. We’d be happy to show them to other readers. Also, if you missed our Popsicle stick scarecrow project, check it out here, it’s never to late to play!