I'm a big fan of creative homeschool. I'm sure there's something educational in building a scarecrow, right?
Meet Rosemary, the scarecrow. :o) Her purpose in our garden is purely decorative, Chloe insists, because she looks too nice to scare birds away.
How-to: Let your kid go shopping at Goodwill for scarecrow clothes. They're cheap and they don't have to fit anyone, and picking out a special outfit makes it that much more fun. We stuffed ours with dried out grass clippings. The head is burlap we bought at Michael's for a dollar and I picked up the bamboo stakes at Lowe's in the garden section. I can use the bamboo next year in the garden for staking peppers and tomatoes. Just get yourself lots of thin rope, tie everything together as best you can and fill 'er up!
Fun project #2: Corn Husk Dolls
Seriously, for a free activity these little guys and gals have provided hours of enjoyment. Chloe's favorite part is tying bits of fabric to them to make "clothes". Cora likes to make them jump around and fly. Once I told Chloe that pioneer and indian kids made dolls this way because they had no other dolls to play with, she took it all much more seriously.
The website tells you it takes about an hour to make a doll. It took me about 10 minutes. If you're anything like me, you'll realize how fun and easy they are and will be tempted to make an entire horde of little corn-husk people just 'cuz they're cute.
I found this really cute centerpiece on my kitchen table yesterday evening... isn't it adorable? :o)