Use a perfect square of paper to make the Sitting Scarecrow's body.
It's best to use either construction Paper or cover stock to make the body sturdy enough to stand up and hold something.
Follow the folding and cutting directions below.
Click here to download "Sitting Scarecrow (PPT files).... or better yet draw your own with construction paper and markers. Once you've made his body, cut out the head and paste on the point of the body. You can also design and draw the Sitting Scarecrow's heads by hand or using the paint program on your computer. Fill the pouch with straw or with vocabulary words, math facts. etc.
The Autumnal Equinox
What is it? The Autumnal Equinox happens once a year. At this time, because of the motion of the Earth around the Sun and because the Earth is tilted, the Sun crosses over the Earth's equator on its way south..
The word equinox means "equal night"; night and day are the same length of time. It marks the start of autumn.
In the north the hottest days of summer are past and each day is shorter than the last. Trees will soon turn brilliant colors. Soon it will be time for hot cocoa and warm coats.
Far to the south, across the equator, spring has arrived. The days are growing longer, and the weather is warmer. Soon wild flowers will be blooming, bringing the promise of summer's heat and new life.
The reason for these changes has to do with the Earth's yearly trip around the sun. For part of the year the Earth's North Pole points away from the sun and part of the time toward it. This is what causes our seasons. When the North Pole points toward the sun, the sun's rays hit the northern half of the world more directly. That means it is warmer and we have summer. But when the North Pole is pointed toward the sun, the South Pole is pointed away. So the Earth south of the equator gets less warmth from the sun and it is winter there. Summer is even warmer and winter is colder because of the length of our days and nights. In the summer daylight lasts longer and nighttime is shorter. In winter the days are shorter and the nights longer. That means there is more time for the sun to warm us during long summer days. And short winter days have long, cold nights.
Things occurring on the day of Autumnal Equinox: That on this day, the length of day and night is the same. That after this day, the night will be longer than the day, for people in the northern hemisphere. That on this day, the Sun will rise at the South Pole for the first time in six months. The ancients knew that this was a special day, and they celebrated it with special events.
This small scarecrow box is a fun printable.
This page was last updated on August 31, 2014.