Earlham pre-school children enter Norfolk Show scarecrow competition

Children at a Norwich pre-school have made scarecrows to exhibit at the Norfolk Show.

Children aged between two and five at Earham Early Years Centre spent their half term making a scarecrow to enter into the Norfolk in the Norfolk in Bloom competition.

Teacher Rose Baulcombe said: 'We have a lunchtime parents' club on a Monday. They help in the garden and they do some art work using natural materials which we call art in the environment. As part of this we decided to have a competition for the children to make a scarecrow with their parents over half term.

'We are entering them as part of the Norfolk in Bloom competition so they will be displayed on their stand at the Norfolk Show.

The school provided straw, string and bags and the parents provided the rest of the materials, including clothes.

Mrs Baulcombe said: 'Children made 13 scarecrows which ranged from life sized to baby size.

'One child made a robot scarecrow out of cardboard and silver foil. Inside his stomach was a box which opened and inside was a nest for mice. Some of the children made papier mache heads for their scarecrows.

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'Part of our aim was to get the parents working with their children

'One of the scarecrows had a sensor in its arm and it wolf whistled when someone walked past. The scarecrows are fantastic, one child said it took them the whole half term to make.'

Local artists Leonie Woolhouse, Diana Heuvel and Jo Conway judged the children's creations.

Mrs Baulcombe said: 'The judges were amazed and everybody was given a category such as the funniest and the scariest. Everyone won a packet of seeds, a certificate and a plant to take home.'