Delaney and I spent some time doing an art project together, just the two of us. She loves doing free art exploration, but had been asking to do a “project” for a couple days. I showed her a couple of the projects geared toward Kindergartners and First Graders at Deep Space Sparkle (an awesome kids’ art blog!). She decided on the Scarecrow Watercolor and Collage project. Here’s her finished project, which took us about an hour to complete:
So cute, right? She was immensely pleased with how this turned out! We basically followed the instructions at Deep Space Sparkle, first drawing the hills, sun, and clouds with oil pastels. Delaney spent a long time carefully painting her farmland with watercolors. While the background dried, we worked on cutting and assembling the scarecrow. I did make her some little tracing templates for the shirt, pants, and hat. She rummaged through our box of scrapbooking paper scraps to choose just the right outfit for the scarecrow. Last step was adding buttons and taping the whole scarecrow to a craft stick. We used a generous amount of white glue to attach the scarecrow to the background.
While we waited for the glue to dry, we read one of my favorite fall books, Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant.
The illustrations in the book are gorgeous, and I enjoy the simple, poetic descriptions of life from a scarecrow’s perspective.
Hope you are enjoying some beautiful autumn days in your neck of the woods!