Scarecrow Relay Races

There are two versions of this game. The first, Stuff A Scarecrow, is fun for a mixed age group of kids both young and old. The other game, Be A Scarecrow, is better for children at least five or older, who can easily dress themselves. Both games get kind of messy so you might want to play them outside.

Stuff A Scarecrow

You will need:
2 scarecrow costumes: bib overalls or pair of jeans with a rope belt, flannel shirt, straw hat, burlap sack for the head with facial features drawn on with a marker
Bale of straw – loosened
5 pieces of twine, yarn, or rope each at least 1 foot long

Divide the players into two teams. Each team is given all of the supplies to build a scarecrow. Then the teams race to see who can stuff the scarecrow first. Use the twine to tie the wrists of the shirt, legs of the pants and around the burlap sack for the head. The first team to complete their scarecrow wins the race.

Be A Scarecrow

You will need:
2 scarecrow costumes: bib overalls or pair of jeans , flannel shirt, straw hat
A bowl full of straw

Divide the players into two teams and line them up. The first player puts on the scarecrow costume. Then stuffs hay inside their shirt and under the hat. Then that person goes to the end of the line and begins undressing. As each item of clothing is removed it is passed up the line to the person now standing in front. As they receive each item they put it on. Once they are completely dressed and have stuffed some hay in their costume. They then run to the end of the line and begin undressing. The first team to have everyone become a scarecrow wins the race.

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Teresa McEntire grew up in Utah the oldest of four children. She currently lives in Kuna, Idaho, near Boise. She and her husband Gene have been married for almost ten years. She has three children Tyler, age six, Alysta, four, and Kelsey, two. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves to scrapbook, read, and of course write. Spending time with her family, including extended family, is a priority. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and currently works with the young women. Teresa has a degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University and taught 6th grade before her son was born. She also ran an own in-home daycare for three years. She currently writes educational materials as well as blogs for Although her formal education consisted of a variety of child development classes she has found that nothing teaches you better than the real thing. She is constantly learning as her children grow and enjoys sharing that knowledge with her readers.