Pupils at a Frizington school had fun doing all things scarecrow related during a themed day as part of the school’s harvest events.

The early years class at Arlecdon Primary School held a scarecrow day and enjoyed activities including creating puppets, hearing scarecrow stories, singing and dancing, producing pictures and creating scarecrow characters.

Children came to school dressed for the occasion in scarecrow fancy dress and also brought in food donations for the harvest basket that the school will donate to their local food bank.

The children used autumn themed art and craft materials to create mini scarecrow puppets to use during their story time, where they enjoyed the book ‘The Scarecrows’ Wedding’ by Julia Donaldson.

They also had the opportunity to practise their cutting and gluing skills to make paper scarecrows and coloured in harvest themed pictures.

They worked together in small groups to make big scarecrows, using old clothes, sticks, hay and fabric, with the finished creations taking up residence outside in the school field.

Early years teacher Helen Finlay said: “All the scarecrows were especially excited and could not wait to start singing and dancing.

“We decided we would all sing The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow song and add some dance moves and actions too. I was so impressed with the dance moves and beautiful singing voices that we recorded it for all the parents to watch from the school website.”

“The children worked in small groups, helping each other to make sure the scarecrows’ tummies were full of hay and that they had happy smiling faces and were ready to go outdoors in our field area.”

She added that two of the scarecrows were named Betty and Harry after the characters in The Scarecrows’ Wedding story. Helen added: “When it was time to go home, everyone said they’d had the best day and loved being a scarecrow.”