Yesterday, I was so excited to share how to dye corn kernels. The driving force behind that little science experiment was this idea for colorful corn mosaics! I love using beans to create Thanksgiving art with my preschool kids, but I wanted to try something different this year. Thus the quest for colorful corn! 🙂
use dyed kernels to make beautiful corn mosaics
At the end of my corn dying spree, I had a variety of colors — the rich red and green corn from my most successful attempt, the blue and reddish orange from my failed first attempts, and the basic yellow corn. I didn’t want any of the corn to go to waste, so I made sure all of the colorful corn kernels were available to the children for this art project.
I placed the colors in a tray, grabbed some glue and white paper, then set about creating Thanksgiving art with my preschool students. As they wandered over to me, I explained that a mosaic is a piece of art created from small bits of materials. Since we were using corn, we were making corn mosaics.
I happily created my own piece of corn art alongside the children. It gave us the chance to talk about our plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Creating and playing give way to such great conversations with my preschool kiddos! As I watched their masterpieces come to life, I got to hear all about what their grandparents were making for Thanksgiving dinner and what kind of desserts they were looking forward to.
Some of the children created pictures — of flowers, rainbows, butterflies, and landscapes.
Others went with a more free form approach with shapes and corn kernels scattered across the white paper.
No matter the outcome of the corn art, the kids definitely seemed to enjoy themselves. The process of creating the mosaics allowed the students to explore creativity, practice their fine motor skills, and just have fun together!
Right now, the corn mosaics are proudly displayed in our classroom. The kids have enjoyed talking about their pictures — what they made, what color corn they used the most of, etc. Sometimes it’s like they’re in an art gallery, standing back and appreciating what their buddies have created.
Have your children/students created with corn kernels recently? If so, what did they make?