MeL Minute: Build a Program Around Scarecrow Day

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Why did a scarecrow win the Nobel prize?... Because he was outstanding in his field!

For more than a century now, people in the U.S. have celebrated Scarecrow Day on the first Sunday of July.  To help Michigan celebrate on July 1st of this year, we wanted to offer some great ideas for programming at your library or for families to do together at home using MeL resources!

1.     Host a “How to Build a Scarecrow” activity
·        Corny, creative scarecrows
·        Not-so-scary Harry
·        Sew your scarecrow
·        Let’s make a scarecrow

2.     Dress a Scarecrow and Run Game (taken from
  • Stock up on oversized plaid shirts, goofy pants, floppy hats and any other clothing that a scarecrow might wear.  Make piles containing one of each item. The number of piles is determined either by the number of kids or teams participating.
  • Line up kids and let the game begin!
  • The children run to the pile, put on the outfit, and dart back to the starting line.
  • If doing it as a team game, they then switch the outfit with their teammate–who runs out and back.
  • First team with their last team member dressed as a scarecrow wins.
3.     Research stories, articles, poems, and games about scarecrows from MeL Databases:

eBooks - open eBooks first, then click on the following link:  

·        Vanishing scarecrows
·        Scarecrow puzzler
·        The scarecrow song

·        Scarecrows by Justin Werfel

NoveList K8+ - open NoveList K8+ first, then click on the following link:
·        Scarecrow booklist: See a list of books about scarecrows.  
·        Did you know you can check MeLCat directly from a book record in NoveList K-8+?

World Book for Kids - open World Book for Kids first, then click on the following link:
·        Scarecrow article

Britannica School - open Britannica School first, then click on any of the following links:
·        Scarecrow Article
·        Scarecrow Images
·        The Scarecrow of OZ eboo

4.     Borrow books from MeLCat

5.     Other online resources outside of MeL

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