Fall has officially arrived!
What comes to mind when you think fall? For us, it’s pumpkin patches, falling leaves, and scarecrows.
If your kiddos love visiting the farms in the fall, they’ll love creating this paper bag scarecrow craft as well!
Recently, we’ve renewed our excitement about brown paper bag puppets. They’re a simple way to make a fun craft and end up with a new “toy”.
It’s a straightforward activity you can do with kids of all ages! Read on below or watch our video tutorial to see how to make one with your children.
Scarecrow Paper Bag Craft
We love this simple fall craft that’s great for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary children. You only need a few common craft supplies and our free printable scarecrow template to make this puppet.
- Brown paper bag
- Colored card stock
- Glue stick
- Black marker
- Scarecrow template (enter your email in the form at the end of the post to have the link sent to you)
Download the scarecrow template, print, and cut out the pieces.
Assemble the hat by gluing the straw hair to the sides of the hat.
Glue the completed hat to the top of the brown paper bag. In order to leave enough space for the face pieces, only glue about 1″ of the hat to the bag. The rest will hang off the top.
Glue the eyes just below the hat.
Place the triangle nose beneath and in between the eyes and glue in place.
Glue the cheeks beneath the eyes.
Using the black marker, draw the mouth from one cheek to the other cheek, just underneath the paper bag flap. Draw lines along the smile.
Take a piece of colored paper that you want to be the scarecrow’s shirt. Cut it to fit the bottom of the paper bag. Trim the top end to be rounded, like a collar. Glue this into place beneath the smile.
Glue the square patch to the middle of the shirt.
Use the black marker to draw hashed lines along the square to give it the appearance of being stitched.
This scarecrow paper bag puppet is a fun fall craft kids will not only love creating, but will also love playing with.
Ways To Use This Puppet Craft
You can certainly use this scarecrow puppet any way you want, but if you’re at a loss on how to use it, we’ve got some suggestions!
One of the first ways we love to use this craft is to learn or review basic parts of the face. Since this scarecrow is so basic, it’s great for teaching this. Ask your child questions like:
- Where are the scarecrow’s eyes? Where are your eyes?
- What color is the scarecrow’s nose?
- What shape is his nose?
- Can you point to the scarecrow’s mouth?
If your children are older, we love using paper bag puppets for storytelling! Since it’s fall, ask them to tell a story about a scarecrow who lives in a pumpkin patch. Or have them tell you about their favorite fall traditions.
Any way your can get your child thinking and storytelling will help them grow and progress.
One last way we like to use kraft bag puppets is to work on fine motor skills. Have your child put on the puppet, then ask them to pick up different items with the scarecrow’s mouth. You can create a fun task by asking your child to transfer an item from one area to another (like from a bin to another bin).
This activity will help those little hand muscles develop and strengthen. We suggest beginning with large, easy to grasp items. If your child is easily able to complete the task, you can move on to smaller objects.
Fall Units For Kids
Do you want to create an entire fall themed unit around this scarecrow craft? If so, keep reading – we have some great ideas for you!
Reading to kids is one of the best things you can do for your children!
Reading helps preschoolers develop their vocabulary, improves their literacy rate, and boosts creativity, cognitive abilities as well as social-emotional intelligence- among other benefits.
So next time you’re looking for some fun storytime activities with your little one, grab a book from your shelf and read to them! Below are some of the top fall themed books for kids.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Leaf: The mischievous old lady swallowed a handful of leaves! Her tummy started to rumble. So she swallowed some more items. Then even more. But as her stomach grew full, the leaves began to poke out through her mouth… when suddenly – poofffff! – it turned into a scarecrow!
Pete The Cat Falling For Autumn: Pete is not a fan of fall. But he decides to do some detective work and finds out that there are lots of things about this season he loves, like corn mazes, hayrides, wearing scarves, and apple picking! This story helps kids learn that even though they might not love every season of the year, there are still good parts to each one.
We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt: The seasons are changing, the days getting are shorter, and children everywhere are starting to make plans for their favorite outdoor adventures – and what could be more fun than a Leaf Hunt?!
Fall means pumpkin spice everything, changing leaves and cozy scarves. It also means that preschool time will soon be here again. As the kids settle into a new routine, it’s important to keep them engaged in their learning so they don’t lose momentum during this transition period. To help you out, we’ve created these fall printables for preschool that are perfect for learning and fun!
Have you been looking for a way to introduce your preschooler to math and fine motor skills? Look no further than these fall pattern block mats. They’re a no-prep activity they’ll love!
Don’t forget about sensory play! Use these fall-themed gems to create a sensory bin. They can also be used for fine motor activities and when you need manipulatives!
Share With Us
Did you make this cute scarecrow craft with your children or students? We love seeing how they turned out.
Please take a picture and share them with us on our Facebook page or join our private Facebook group and show us in there!
More Fall Ideas For Kids
- Brown paper bag
- Colored card stock
- Glue stick
- Black marker
- Scarecrow template
- Download the scarecrow template, print and cut out the pieces.
- Assemble the hat by gluing the straw hair to the sides of the hat.
- Glue the completed hat to the top of the brown paper bag. In order to leave enough space for the face pieces, only glue about 1" of the hat to the bag. The rest will hang off the top.
- Glue the eyes just below the hat.
- Place the triangle nose beneath and in between the eyes and glue in place.
- Glue the cheeks beneath the eyes.
- Using the black marker, draw the mouth from one cheek to the other cheek, just underneath the paper bag flap. Draw lines along the smile.
- Take a piece of colored paper that you want to be the scarecrow's shirt. Cut it to fit the bottom of the paper bag. Trim the top end to be rounded, like a collar. Glue this into place beneath the smile.
- Glue the square patch to the middle of the shirt.
- Use the black marker to draw hashed lines along the square to give it the appearance of being stitched.