Do you love the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow song as much as I do? Then you and your little ones will have great fun with this easy no-sew Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Puppet! He’s double-sided so sleeps and wakes for lots of interactive fun! You can see our other fun puppets here.
Dingle Dangle Scarecrow is such a great song to get the children up and moving and joining in with all the actions.
The different verses of the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow lyrics include lots of different animals so children can have a lovely time making all their noises too.
I’ve found that children really love the fantastic contrast between quiet and loud and slow and fast in the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow song and they simply adore the anticipation of waiting for the scarecrow to jump up suddenly after going to sleep!
Whether you’re a parent at home, a child-minder or working in a pre-school setting this Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Puppet is a great addition to your nursery rhyme basket and is surprisingly easy to make…I promise! It’s a great scarecrow craft for kids to help with too and they’d also make adorable and super cheap gifts!
You can see our other fun nursery rhyme and music crafts for kids here.
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Scarecrow Craft For Kids Supplies:
- Wooden spoon UK / US
- Yellow wool UK / US
- 2X fabric squares (10cm x 10cm) UK / US
- Felt UK / US
- UHU glue UK / US
- Paint or pens for facial features.
How To Make Your Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Puppet:
- Using pens, paints, pencils, or felt (whatever you fancy) draw your Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’s face on to the wooden spoon. Make an awake face on one side and an asleep face on the other.
- Wrap some wool around your hand ( about 25 times) to make a loop.
- Tie the loop strands together with a short piece of wool.
- Opposite the tie you just made cut through all the wool strands to make your Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’s Hair.
- Glue the hair into place on the top of the wooden spoon and you’ll see your Scarecrow Puppet beginning to come to life!
- Use felt to make two hats, one for each side of the scarecrow’s head. You can make them the same or a bit different like we did. Glue any decorations into place and glue a hat onto each side of the head.
- Next you need to make the body. You will need 2 squares of fabric about 10cm x 10cm for his clothes. For his neck, arms and legs you need to make 3 more different length wool loops like the one you made for the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’s hair. Make one about 15cm for the neck, 20 cm for the arms and 30 cm for the legs. You can always trim them later if you find they are a little too long for your particular wooden spoon.
- Tie the neck loop in the middle like you did for the Scarecrow’s hair but tie the arm and leg loops at either end instead. You can see the difference in the photograph below.
- Tie the Scarecrow’s neck straw, arms and legs into place on the handle of the wooden spoon.
- Making sure the neck wool is poking upwards and the hand/wrist ties lie under a corner, glue the first fabric square into place. We folded the very top of our fabric over as you can see in the photo.
- Turn the Scarecrow Puppet over and glue the second fabric sheet onto the other side. I glued all around the edge of the fabric squares so they remained in position together.
Once your Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Puppet is completely dry he’s ready to go to sleep with the cows and the sun. Then turn him round and let him leap and dance about with the children, shaking his flippy floppy hat, arms and legs about to the lyrics of the song.
Your children will love being able to make the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow come to life and I’m sure you will too.
Looking for more fun ideas? We have a great Pinterest board dedicated to children’s crafts that you might like to follow.