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FUN WITH CORN

CORN ART
After eating corn on the cob, save the husks and corncobs, and allow them to dry. Let your children use them for these activities.
  • Dip the ends of the husks into paint and then brush the paint on paper.
  • Make prints by dipping the corncobs into paint, then pressing them on paper.
 
CORN GRAPH
Talk about the ways we eat corn. Then make a graph with headings such as these: Canned Corn, Corn on the Cob, Creamed Corn, Frozen Corn. Give each of your children a sticker to place in the column that tells their favorite way to eat corn. Which way is the group's most favorite? Least favorite?

POPCORN KERNEL MATH

  • Place numbered cupcake liners in a muffin tin. Have your children put matching numbers of kernels into the cups.
  • Invite the children to estimate the number of kernels in a small jar before counting the kernels with the group.
  • Write a numeral on paper for each of your children. Let them glue on matching numbers of kernels.
 

PLANTING CORN
Look in a nursery for sweet corn seeds or ornamental corn seeds. (Or use fresh popcorn kernels.) Invite your children to plant the seeds in plastic cups filled with planting soil. Have them keep the soil moist and check every day for the seeds to sprout-usually within a week or so.

CORN SHAKERS
For each of your children, place a spoonful of popcorn kernels in a small zipper-top bag. Put the plastic bag inside a paper lunch bag, fold down the top of the paper bag several times, staple it in place, and cover the staples with tape. Let your children decorate their shakers as desired and use them for music and movement activities.