Back when I was working on my AMS credential, I had a literary assignment where I was required to create props to reenact the story with the children (This is a simplified explanation of the assignment). I chose the story The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown. It’s a wonderful fictional story about a scarecrow who wants to trade his hat for a walking stick to rest his tired arms. Chicken would love to have scarecrow’s hat, but she doesn’t have a walking stick so she visits badger. Badger has a walking stick that he would like to trade for some ribbon. Chicken then visits a series of animals who are all willing to trade something they have for something they want. Chicken finally meets a donkey and is able to make a trade with him. Then she re-visits all the other animals, making a series of trades that meet everyone’s needs. In the end, she gets the scarecrow’s hat and the scarecrow gets his walking stick.
To make my props, I traced each animal in the story as best as I could. I then cut each animal out of felt. The birds in the story took the longest to make. I remember being up past two in the morning hot gluing feathers to felt.
The end product:
Tonight I was browsing a few Montessori blogs and I found that in 2008 http://mymontessorijourney.typepad.com posted their prop idea to go along with The Scarecrow’s Hat. Here is a picture from their blog:
I thought that their prop idea was simply delightful. The idea of using pictures to represent the animals never even dawned on me! (I tend to over-think a lot of things) So, if you are interested in presenting The Scarecrow’s Hat to your class it may be easier to follow their example rather than to sit up hot gluing feathers until the middle of the night. 🙂