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Nursery Rhyme Scarecrow Ideas

This wonderful scarecrow display of Little Miss Muffet was built by Hugh and Kate Beesley of Farlam Parish in UK. Hugh said that the huge spider made quite an impression on the local dogs. The spider was about the size of a large Labrador dog and when people walked past with their dogs it caused quite a furore as they barked and snarled at the giant spider!

miss-muffet scarecrow
(Farlam Parish Scarecrow Festival 2010, Cumbria, UK)

Another fabulous scarecrow display created by the students and staff of Mary Gregory's Schoolhouse Family Day Care Centre at Valencia in California. This display, called 'Ring Around the Crowsie' was based on the nursery rhyme, Ring Around the Rosie and was their Lombardi's Ranch pumpkin patch entry for 2010. (See more displays by the Gregory Family Care Centre: Frosty the Crowman, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Childcare Teacher with Children and The Cat in the Hat)

pocket full of posies
ring a ring a rosie scarecrow
Mary's Schoolhouse AKA Gregory Family Child Care in Valencia, California, teachers, Mary Gregory and Beckie Peterson along with preschool students, Kelsie Lamens-Ross, Gianna Gregory, Reece Casey, Michael Mair, Christian Hernandez, Marissa Berns, Brsyen Pang, Annie Chen, Amani Massoud, Justin Luo, Chase Bowers and Jack Piolatto created the crows from black boa feathers and gluing individual real black feathers and made the signs.

This scarecrow seems to represent the nursery rhyme Little Bo Peep with her lamb and her crook.

(Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival)

Nursery Rhyme scare crow idea

Other Nursery Rhyme Scarecrow Ideas

The following nursery rhymes have colourful and interesting characters and would make good themes for a scarecrow display. Click on the links to read the words of the nursery rhymes:

Fairy Tale Scarecrow Ideas

What a wealth of colourful characters there are in Fairy Tales for the scarecrow maker! Here is a spectacular scarecrow display of a fierce green dragon built by Sue and Marshall Stockwell of Farlam Parish in UK. Photograph courtesy of Hugh Beesely.

dragon scarecrow
(Farlam Parish Scarecrow Festival 2010, Cumbria, UK)

Here are some more fairy tales that also have interesting characters and would make good themes for a scarecrow display:

  • Cinderella
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Princess and the Pea
  • Rapunzel
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White

Well Known Stories Scarecrow Ideas

Finally, there are many great ideas for scarecrows in stories and novels.

In 2011 this beautiful scarecrow display on 'The Cat in the Hat' was made by staff and children of Mary Gregory's Schoolhouse Family Day Care Centre at Valencia in California, USA. It was entered in the Lombardi Ranch Scarecrow Contest. (See more displays by the Gregory Family Care Centre: Frosty the Crowman, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Childcare Teacher with Children and 'Ring Around the Crowsie')

cat in the hat scarecrow
Mary's schoolhouse
cat in the hat scarecrows
Teachers, Mary Gregory and Beckie Warloe, designed and set up this colourful Cat in the Hat display with help from prechoolers, Luca, Amani, Gianna, Reece, Bailey, Justin, Kelsie, Matthew, Brysen, Chase and Annie. Well done teachers and children!

Here is a beautifully constructed scarecrow display built by Aiden Potts of Farlam Parish in UK featuring a splendid pirate complete with his pirate ship! Photograph courtesy of Hugh Beesely.

(Farlam Parish Scarecrow Festival 2010, Cumbria, UK)

Here are other some favourite children's stories that would also make good themes for a scarecrow display:

  • Adventures of Pinocchio
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Mary Poppins
  • Peter Pan
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Robin Hood
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Wind in the Willows
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz Scarecrow IdeaA Wizard of Oz scarecrow display from Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival

Nursery Rhyme Lyrics

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, Sir yes, Sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master,
And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Farmer in the Dell

The farmer in the dell,
The farmer in the dell,
Hi ho the derrio,
The farmer in the dell.
The farmer takes a wife...
The wife takes a child...
The child takes a nurse...
The nurse takes a dog...
The dog takes a cat...
The cat takes a rat...
The rat takes a cheese...
The cheese stands alone...

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey Diddle Diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Little Bo Peep

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them;
Leave them alone and they’ll come home;
Wagging their tails behind them.

Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn;
But where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He’s under a haystack fast asleep.

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
That sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day,
That was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Old King Cole

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.

Rock a Bye Baby

Rock a Bye Baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.


Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker,
So turn out the knaves, all three.

There was a Crooked Man

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat and it caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

Note: This page includes scarecrow ideas for you and your kids to make in a nursery rhyme, fairy story, fairy tale or children's classic story theme. Set your scarecrow making skills to making a scarecrow Little Miss Muffet, a scare crow Mary Mary Quite Contrary, a scarecrow Old King Cole, a scarecrow Crooked Man, a scarecrow Cinderella, a scarecrow Hansel and Gretel, a scarcrow Rapunzel, a scarecrow Alice in Wonderland, a scarecrow Wizard of Oz and many more!

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