Scarecrows are one of the more popular symbols of Fall and the harvest season. The origin of scarecrows dates back thousands of years, protecting ripening crops from birds. While we think of them as constructed of straw, they were made of many things. Often, scarecrows were also men hired to roam fields, to scare birds. If this is your job, YOU are a scarecrow.
Scarecrows continue to be popular today, in many home gardens. They help to protect fruits and vegetables, as they begin to ripen. That’s why scarecrows are so closely associated with the fall and harvest season, making them a popular symbol of Fall.
History of Scarecrows:
The first scarecrows were in Ancient Egypt, dating back over 3,000 years. They used scarecrows to protect wheat fields along the Nile river from quail. The Greeks, Romans, Japanese and many other cultures, used them to protect their crops, too. Many forms of scarecrows, from life-sized wooden carvings of scary men, to real-live humans were used. In the middle ages, Europeans believed scarecrows had special powers. Native Americans used scarecrows, to keep crows and other birds from their corn crops.
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To finish the My Size Scarecrow, you’ll need colors, scissors, and brads.