Are you looking for a fun activity to teach your child about measuring things? Getting hands on with an arts and crafts project is a great way to engage kids in new learning concepts. Have fun learning with our Scarecrow Collage.
This week on the 2nd Grade Blog Hop, we are sharing ideas for scarecrow learning activities. Our activity uses my son’s love of collage art, to help explain the concept of measuring the height and width of something. In this case a scarecrow collage. You can find links to all of the posts included at the bottom of this page.
How to make a Scarecrow Collage
- Long sheet of paper
- Paper bag
- Coloured paper
- Paper plate
- Popsicle sticks
- Clothes pegs
- Marker pens
- Tape measure
- Notebook and pen
- Draw and cut out a hat shape from your coloured paper.
- Glue wool onto the back of the hat for the scarecrows hair.
- Decorate the paper plate with the pens to make the scarecrows face.
- Use the paper bag to draw and cut out his jacket.
- Clip a clothes peg onto each sleeve before gluing the jacket down onto the paper.
- Glue on the paper plate face and hat.
- Finish off your scarecrow with a popsicle stick at the bottom of his jacket.
I then used the finished scarecrow to demonstrate to Liam, which dimensions were his height and then which were his width.
The first step in our measuring activity was to estimate how many cm high and how many cm wide the scarecrow was.
Estimating the answer first is important because it encourages your child to think through the problem in their head, before working out the accurate answer. This helps children to develop good problem solving skills, which will become very important in their adult life.
Liam used his fingertips (which are approx 1cm wide) to count along the height and width of the scarecrow to estimate the answers.
Liam estimated that the scarecrow’s width was 65 cm and his height was 75cm.
We then took the tape measure and with a little help from his younger brother, they first measured the height of the scarecrow and then the width.
The correct width of the scarecrow was 41 cm and the height was 73 cm.
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Liam wasn’t too far out with his estimation of the scarecrow’s height, but he was way out with his estimation for his width. We then discussed why this could be the case.
We concluded that he must not have counted across the scarecrow in a straight line as his number was much higher. Next time he does this kind of activity he will use a ruler to help guide him across the item he is measuring to help keep him in a straight line.
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Pop oer and see the rest of the activities in the 2nd Grade Activities Blog Hop:
Free Scarecrow Expanded Form Memory Game from Life Over C’s
Scarecrow Syllables for Second Grade from Look! We’re Learning!
Make a Scarecrow Literacy Game from Planet Smarty Pants
Scarecrow Measures from Crafty Kids at Home
Scarecrow Silhouette Art Project from School Time Snippets
Scarecrow Compound Word Match Game from Creative Family Fun
Scarecrow Place Value Math from Sugar Aunts
Scarecrow Craft with Landscape from Sallie Borrink Learning