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The Scarecrows Wedding

My children adore any book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  They were so excited when we got our hands on their latest collaboration – The Scarecrow’s Wedding. This is a great story for any time of year but especially around Valentine’s Day.

The Scarecrows’ Wedding is a fantastic love story. Two scarecrows, Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, are planning the perfect wedding. But wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.

scarecrows wedding Julia Donaldson

We love this story and we came up with a fun craft to make our own Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay from cardboard tubes.

cardboard roll scarecrows

Then I set the children a scavenger hunt based on the list of Things They Would Need on the Day to make the best wedding yet:

A dress of white feathers
a necklace of shells
lots of pink flowers
two rings
and some bells

We found everything but the pink flowers so we thought we would make our own from cupcake cases.

Materials needed to make a cupcake case flower bouquet:
coloured cupcakes cases
glue stick
coloured pencils

How to make a cupcake case flower bouquet:

We picked a selection of pink and red paper cupcake cases, turned them over and flattened them with our hands so we could cover the base of them with glue. Then my daughter stuck them to a sheet of card, putting a little more glue in between the layers of cupcake cases to make sure they stuck.

Cupcake case flower bouquet

We decorated the inside of each flower with colourful sequins which we also glued in place. We wanted to make our cupcake flowers into a bouquet for Betty O’Barley so my daughter drew on the stems. We love our cupcake case flower bouquet, perfect for a scarecrows’ wedding.

Cupcake case flower bouquet

I hope you enjoyed our craft ideas based on The Scarecrows’ Wedding. Today I’ve joined up with The Pleasantest Thing and other crafty bloggers to take part in a Read and Play linky based around Valentine’s Day picture books. Just follow the link to find other great books to share with your children. You can also take a look at the Pinterest board:

Follow Carolyn Elbert’s board Read & Play on Pinterest.



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    January 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I love your blog post, I loved the creative pictures you did with the cupcake cases, such a cool activity to do with young children.

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    January 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    this is such a cute idea! the children did a great job on the creativeness

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    lisa prince
    January 22, 2015 at 11:41 am

    aw how adorable is that , love the creativeness added intot he reading , not read that one yet

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