Do your kids love the fall season? With apple picking, pumpkin patches, and hayrides, it’s hard not to enjoy the autumn months!
So why not add a fun and easy activity to the mix – a paper plate scarecrow craft! It’s the perfect way to get your kids excited about fall while working on their fine motor skills.
For even more fun, pair this activity with some of our other scarecrow activities for kids! They will be learning, playing, and enjoying the fall season while making memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Kids Scarecrow Craft
This craft is simple enough for little hands to handle, but don’t be afraid to let your kids get creative and add some personal touches. With every cut, glue, and color, they’ll be developing their hand-eye coordination and exercising their imaginations!
Download our free printable template and follow each step below to create your own adorable scarecrow.
Download the scarecrow template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by painting the paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of cream colored paint. Let it dry completely before moving on.
Place the head template on the paper plate, trace, and cut out the head.
Take the eyes and glue them near the middle of the head. Next, glue the nose in between and slightly lower than the eyes.
Position the cheeks slightly below the eyes and glue them in place.
Use the black marker to draw the smile between the cheeks. Draw vertical lines along the mouth to make it look like a scarecrow.
Create the scarecrow’s hair by gluing 3 of the longer yellow strips together. Do that for both sides.
Glue the scarecrow’s hair behind the hat, on both ends. Take the scarecrow’s bangs and glue them behind the hat, in the middle.
Place the hat/hair piece on the top of the head and glue it in place.
Finish off the scarecrow by gluing the patch to the hat and using the black marker to draw stitch marks around it.
We love how this scarecrow craft turned out!
Want more fall activities? The fall printables bundle for kids is the perfect way to get your child excited for the upcoming fall season.
With 80 pages of fun and learning, your child will be entertained for hours. From worksheets to color by numbers and pattern block mats, this bundle has everything you need to keep your child occupied and learning all at the same time.
Fall Unit For Kids
If you want to create a whole fall unit for kids around this paper plate craft, look no further! We have some easy ideas to get you ready!
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 Some Leaves: 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 Crafts For Kids
The fall season is a great time to get creative with your kids!
It can be hard for parents and teachers, but it’s important that children have some downtime in order to learn how to focus again.
Check out these fall crafts for kids that will give them a chance to be creative and make something they can display in their home or classroom!
Easy Paper Fox Craft – This easy fall craft is perfect for kids of all ages. Best of all, we have a printable template for them to use. Just print it out, cut out the pieces, and let your kids assemble their very own paper fox. They’ll love adding their own personal touches to this cute fall craft.
Paper Bag Corn Craft – This corn puppet is the perfect project for little hands. It’s simple to make, and kids will love playing with it when they’re done. Plus, it’s a great way to teach them about the autumn harvest.
Handprint Apple Tree Craft – This apple tree craft is a fun and easy way to create a beautiful piece of art with your child! All you need is some paper, scissors, pom poms, and glue – no paint required! This project is also great for developing fine motor skills.
Acorn Craft For Kids – Need a super simple kids’ craft for fall? If so, this one is perfect! It’s cute, fun to create, and your kids will be proud to display it!
Fall Activities For Kids
Add in some learning with some of these fun ideas!
First up are these fall color by sight word worksheets. They’re a great way to help kids learn their sight words and develop fine motor skills.
Introduce your preschooler to the fall season with these fall worksheets for preschool. With cute graphics on every page, it’s easy to see why kids love these printables.
Your child will work on numbers, counting, letter recognition, and more as they work their way through all of the pages in this printable set.
They’ll also have lots of time to practice fine motor skills which is great at any age but especially important for young children who are still developing those skills like cutting or drawing lines correctly!
Fall is a perfect time to get kids excited about playing with play dough. This pumpkin pie play dough kit has everything you need – just open it and start making your own pies today!
Your child will love exploring their creativity, while also developing an understanding of the sensory world around them. The best part? You can even cut it up into pieces and save some for later in the year when those chilly autumn days arrive again 🙂
Our Little Acorn book activities are super fun and perfect for the fall season! From reading comprehension to memory practice, our book-inspired activities will keep your little ones entertained and learning. They’ll just love joining the adventures of Little Acorn and their forest friends!
If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity, try this printable fall scavenger hunt for kids. It’s a great way to get the whole family together and explore nature in autumn!
Can your little learners find all the items on the list? As they check off each item, ask them to describe what they see and how it relates to fall!
Share With Us
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For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!
More Fall Fun
- This “autumn leaves & pumpkins please” kids’ t-shirt is so cute!
- Welcome everyone to your front door with this fun pumpkin doormat.
- Use this pumpkin patch playdough kit when you want the kids off the screens!
Fall Ideas For Kids
- Paper plate
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Black marker
- Scarecrow template
- Download the scarecrow template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by painting the paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of cream colored paint. Let it dry completely before moving on.
- Place the head template on the paper plate, trace, and cut out the head.
- Take the eyes and glue them near the middle of the head. Next, glue the nose in between and slightly lower than the eyes.
- Position the cheeks slightly below the eyes and glue them in place.
- Use the black marker to draw the smile between the cheeks. Draw vertical lines along the mouth to make it look like a scarecrow.
- Create the scarecrow's hair by gluing 3 of the longer yellow strips together. Do that for both sides.
- Glue the scarecrow's hair behind the hat, on both ends.
- Take the scarecrow's bangs and glue them behind the hat, in the middle.
- Place the hat/hair piece on the top of the head and glue it in place.
- Finish off the scarecrow by gluing the patch to the hat and using the black marker to draw stitch marks around it.