Toddler Art Project: Fall Scarecrow | Fine Motor, Logic, Pre-Writing
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen me talking about making scarecrows yesterday. I’ve become a huge fan of seasonal activities and think it is so fun for little minds to explore. I love incorporating art into our ‘School Days’ as it often employs a lot of the skills children need; logic, fine motor skills, and prewriting. Keep reading to see how I employed all of the aforementioned in our Fall Scarecrow Project. Don’t forget to pin the images to your Pinterest so that you can try these later!
We used wooden scarecrows and while we typically do a lot of paper crafts, I love employing different textures when possible. We also used markers, real markers…and while we use markers in our house, they tend to be invisible non-transferable ink. What fun is that you ask? I have a lot of neutral decor in my house (decor post here) think bohemian meets modern farmhouse minimalist. I’d like everything to stay unstained so we always err on the side of caution and do most projects outside. But, because it was a crisp October 102*F here, this means we colored on my oat colored dining chairs.
We each grabbed a scarecrow and began to color them in. It’s funny coloring with a 2-year-old, my daughter will appear to focus so delicately on a particular area and then just moves her little hands so fast to fill each object in that I’m often sure the whole paper will be colored. We talked about the colors we used, the areas we were shading (legs, arms, straw fingers and toes, hats, the bird, and a pumpkin head).
My daughter loves glue, what 2-year-old doesn’t. We glued our scarecrows down to some construction paper and began to decorate the paper. I had some leaves left over from another fall activity so we employed fine motor skills in peeling the backs off the stickers and placing them around our scarecrows.
Admittedly, I had just as much fun coloring my scarecrow as she did and we talked about each sticker and object as we placed them down. We used foam stickers (again, adding texture) that were complete with glitter detailing. My sticker set came with an assortment of leaves (different shapes, and colors), acorns, pumpkins, turkeys, and various fall quotes.
This was such a nice fall activity to do inside on a hot day. If you don’t have a wooden scarecrow, you can draw your own. Coloring is coloring, but the texture adds some weight to your child’s art and another opportunity to discuss.
By the way, my dinning chairs survived!
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And if you’ve done all my crafts, and need to cook dinner, don’t forget we have a Hawaiian BBQ Bowl complete with pineapple, and coconut flakes [here]