They are cute and super easy to make, but there is far more to the straw people than first meets the eye!
The first known scarecrows were used in ancient Egypt to protect crops from birds.
In medieval Britain, there was an actual job called "bird scarer," where young boys would wander the fields throwing things at birds to scare them away.
The word "scarecrow" first appeared in English novels in 1719 in the book Robinson Crusoe.
The most famous scarecrow is probably the one from The Wizard of Oz, who was in search of a brain.
Scarecrows are often seen as symbols of protection, hope, and harvest.
In some cultures, scarecrows are believed to have magical powers.
There are scarecrow festivals held all over the world, including the Urchfont Scarecrow Festival in England and the Scarecrow Festival in Maryland.
Scarecrows have been featured in many movies and TV shows, including The Wizard of Oz, The Simpsons, and The Walking Dead.
Here are some additional interesting facts about scarecrows:
The most common materials used to make scarecrows are straw, old clothes, and sticks.
Scarecrows are often decorated with hats, scarves, and other items to make them look more human.
Some scarecrows are even given names and personalities.
Scarecrows can be used for more than just scaring birds away. They can also be used to decorate gardens, yards, and festivals.
Scarecrows have become a popular symbol in Halloween decorations.