Welcome back to the #playfulpreschool series, where a group of us share preschool activities around a theme. We’ve covered apples and families so far. This week, we’re jumping into a preschool farm theme. I have a fun art activity that is always a huge hit with my students – corn painting! I’ve done this activity for years and years, and it never fails to impress the kiddos.
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Corn painting is a fun art activity for a preschool farm theme
First we shucked the corn and removed all the extraneous strings from the cob. This entertained the boys and girls, which just cracked me up! Then I added the corn cob holders, put some paint on paper plates, and called the children over. We talked about planting and eating corn, then we discussed the texture of the corn and the husks.
How we created
I told the kiddos we would get to paint with the corn. One of my boys exclaimed, “Really? We get to paint with REAL corn?!” Can you tell he was excited? I explained that the children could use paintbrushes to paint the corn, or they could roll the corn in the paint. From there, I let them decide how to use the corn to paint.
As one of my girls said, “The corn with the handles are kinda like a rolling pin!” So most of the children rolled to create their corn art. Some did decide to bounce the corn cobs, and a few even tried sliding them. As new techniques were tried, we talked about how they were different.
There was a ton of talking as we went about this farm theme art project! The children described what they observed, and talked about textures and different ways to paint with corn. We even ended up in a silly conversation about the corn rolling all the way to Brazil. When asked, the kiddos said the corn would be eating spaghetti in Brazil. These children make me laugh every day!
After the children made individual corn paintings, we decided to make a collaborative version. My preschool director had some canvases in her office, so we grabbed one to use. The children took turns and worked together to create a beautiful piece of art for our classroom! We already have it hung on the wall, and everything.
Here’s what a simple art project helped the children with:
- Creative expression
- Color theory (red and yellow makes orange)
- Language skills
- Fine motor skills
- Observational skills
If you’d like more ideas along these lines, please check out my Preschool Farm Theme Pinterest board.
Be sure to check out the rest of the #playfulpreschool team this week. More farm-themed ideas await!
Plan Your Learning Week with Preschool Activities for the Farm Theme
From the #PLAYful Preschool Education Team!
Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Art, Sensory, Songs and MORE!!!!
Farm Animal Letter Sounds by Mom Inspired Life
Learning to Write: Labeling the Farm by Growing Book by Book
Make a Who Am I Farm Animal Book by The Educators’ Spin On It
Corn Life Cycle & Sequencing Cards for Preschool by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
While at the Farm: Children’s Farm Song by Capri + 3
Farm Animal Counting and Sorting Sensory Bin by Life Over C’s
Farm Themed Count and Add Activity for Preschool by Rainy Day Mum
Preschoolers DIY Farm by Tiny Tots Adventure
Preschool Science: Duck Feather Experiment by Raising Lifelong Learners
Farm Animal Sort by Powerful Mothering
Wash the Farm: Fruits and Vegetable Sensory Play for Preschoolers by The Kennedy Adventures
Kids’ Farm Activities and Sensory Playby Little Bins for Little Hands
We would like to extend an invitation to join us tonight at 9:00 P.M. EST for a live Google Hangout talking about the activities we are doing with our preschoolers for the farm theme. This hangout will be recorded and able to be viewed at a future date.