Hello everybody! We’ve been playing A LOT of hangman around here lately. A LOT. I’ve also been planning two fall harvest parties and it all came together in a perfect fall activity!
True to form I have not one, but three sizes of this game and each is either multi-seasonal or functional.
First I had to find a scarecrow with movable parts because I can’t draw.
I found this black and white version via AussiePumpkinPatch.com and would have just loved it but for the gloves. It made him seem more guy-pretending-to-be-a-scarecrow-while-he-waits-to-kill-me and less cute. I kept looking and soon found the same dude through Google images but in color and decided to fix him. I finally received a link to the original over at pie.midco.net…there’s a ton of brain candy on that site!
I printed two copies of each page so that I could cut off his head (for the game) and used the second copy of legs and arms to remove those creepy gloves and replace them with hay from the feet.
You’ll be able to download all versions after I’ve showed them all to you!
I printed him four to a page then set out to find some supplies to make 25 of these for one of our kindergarten classes. I found some sturdy 6×6 square paper board and 3.5×5″ self-adhesive clear pockets, so that’s how this is sized, although I haven’t got that shipment yet.
The pockets are to accommodate changing the card, and also provide a slick surface to use a dry erase marker. Right now this one is printed on both sides, so that the other side is blank to just doodle. I flipped my paper after printing the alphabet, the fed it the same direction to print on both sides. I will make a winter version of the card when I find a suitable multi-piece snowman. I spent about $15 on supplies so I’m trying not to change my mind, but I like the idea of it hanging on the fridge. I think I’ll end up with 4×6 magnetic sleeves before it’s over…or saying forget the individual ones. I have a 4 1/2 month old who can now waller her way over and kick the crap out of my leg while I’m cutting…so it all takes longer than it should right now.
The scarecrow is attached to itself and the board with self-adhesive hook and loop (velcro) circles from Dollar Tree (as well as any other decorations you choose to use) so it can be changed between seasons. Use that same method regardless of the size you choose!
If you can’t buy “pockets” just use clear contact paper (Dollar Tree) and cut two pieces, one larger than the other. Line up the tops and put sticky sides together, leaving a sticky border around the other three sides and just stick it down. You will probably be made insane by bubbles if you use this method, which is why I ordered the clear pockets. Or just print one or the other and contact paper it down. The blank one would be good for the smallest version so they could just doodle or would have to write the incorrect letters- extra practice!
Just make sure it has a slick surface so the dry erase marker works!
Here’s the big one:
He is printed as a whole page.
Too stinkin’ cute!
See how the winter is on the back…just feed the same paper back through again for the other season but remember to keep it going the same direction as the first time.
Here’s a smaller and simpler option (8×10):
I purchased the clear plastic self-standing frame from the office section at Wal-Mart for $.97. I printed the fall, then turned it over and printed the winter. I did have to use a dark piece of card-stock behind it to keep the print from showing through. This scarecrow is printed 4 to a page on brown card-stock b/c I ran out of yellow ink, but I think I’ll get a white one printed and it will look better.
Option Three: Individual scarecrow “hangman” game:
Right now this one has the alphabet on the front and space to just doodle on the back but it’s my intention to find a snowman and create a winter card before the party. We’ll be playing using the sight words that we’ve learned.
Get them here! You’ll have to unpack the zip folder.
I had initially planned to be involved with three parties this year, but our lack of participation in traditional holiday celebrating seemed to be very constrictive for one the twins’ room parents. I can’t send my children to a Halloween or Christmas party, and she made it very clear to me that it doesn’t matter how the school labels it…that’s what it is and what it will be in that room. I don’t want to disable anyone from having a good experience, so he’s just going to join his sister and I for the parties I’m co-planning for her class. It stinks that he can’t celebrate with his classmates, but I’m glad for his sake that he has a twin in another room so he doesn’t get ostracized to the office (which was the mothers solution…). If we have to revisit it again in the next six years I certainly will try to compromise but my kids being removed is not an acceptable solution. (It’s funny now but I was so tore about them not being in the same class. I prayed and prayed that God would change the principle’s mind. What if I had been answered and they both were in the class my son is in? This would not have ended so easily!)
I’m not super finicky about it. Our party will undoubtably have Halloween candy and prizes donated, I just make sure that the prizes there are with a game where its chosen (not in a game like ‘throw the ball in a cup and win whatever is in there) and that the games themselves are not Halloween specific. My kids can simply not choose those things. We buy clearance candy after just about every holiday. It’s all the same and worrying about a picture on a package is just as silly as a thirsty boy not drinking out of a pink cup. It’s a cup. My kids are taught to look at what a thing actually is.
Any craft can be made acceptable by just a few more choice supplies. Your kid’s craft-stick Christmas tree with green ric-rac trim and fingerprint ornaments is my kids’ snow-capped cedar, with sparkly white ric-rac and fingerprint animals in its shelter. The same supplies are offered to everyone and some parents might be surprised that their child chose differently than they would expect, but I’m not going to single my kids out any more or less than I would yours.
We just can’t gather specifically to participate in those holidays…that doesn’t mean we’ll burst into flames if it’s around.
I really have loved being the room mom for my oldest. We’ve had SO much fun celebrating all their hard work and changing it up as they mature! I feel a responsibility and have absolutely tried to reach out to as many parents as possible and include their ideas, and that EVERY student in the class has a great party….gluten free, nut free or Christmas free… there is always another option! After all, it’s their party!
The good news is that now I only have to be in two places at once instead of three (with them and also in their brothers sixth grade class), and after this year my oldest will be out of grade school so maybe they will keep sharing and we’ll only have one!
Speaking of my oldest son’s class…I never posted our 5th grade minute-to-win-it style party last year so I’m aiming to do that. This years Treasure Hunt style game is insane!!! We have permission to use the whole school! Look for that here soon too!
‘Til next time…tell me what you think of our new game!