I taught the kids a new song today.
When all the birds are sleeping and the sun has gone to bed,
Up pops the scarecrow and this is what he said,
"I'm a jingle jangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat.
I shake my hands like this and shake my feet like that!"
(Update: If you know that song, you probably sing Dingle Dangle, but I learned it as Jingle Jangle and that's what stuck!)
The kids love acting it out, especially the "up pops the scarecrow" part when they get to jump into the air after crouching down during the first line. I found this wonderful scarecrow coloring sheet many years ago (probably 10 or so):
Variations: In the past I have used red yarn for the kids to make a smile. I've also had squares of plaid material available for the kids to make patches and pockets. Another thing I've done every year except this year was use brass fasteners to attach the arms and legs so they move. (I didn't have enough for everyone this year.) I've also used a pumpkin shape for the heads, but after putting the hat on you couldn't even tell it was a pumpkin so I didn't do it again. A circle is much easier to cut out over and over again. And I've even used real straw before. Boy, was that messy! But it looked awesome.