The corn activities would be great at any time of year, but they’d fit in especially well with all of your fall activities for preschoolers.
So many materials can be incorporated into play and learning for preschoolers! I like to use a combination of familiar and novelty items to keep the children engaged.
Of course, it’s also fun to use well-known materials in new and different ways. This also keeps the kids interested, and it shows them to think outside of the box.
Take corn, for example. Did you know it could be used in so many activities?!
Corn Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten
Below you’ll find a variety of learning ideas using corn, as well as more general corn-themed activities. I’ve broken them down into a few categories so you’ll have an easier time finding ideas.
These corn activities would be great as part of a corn theme during the fall, but you can also integrate into your plans at any time of the year.
Upgrade your Corn
Below we’ve listed a ton of great corn-related activities. Some use corn on the cob while others use corn kernels. The rest are focused on creating a model of corn.
They’re all great ideas. . . really! But I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you about replacing your typical dried corn with rainbow corn for these activities!
Check out our tutorial on how to dye corn for richly colored popcorn kernels. The colored maize can give an amazing burst of bright colors to some otherwise very yellow activities!
Corn Art and Crafts
I love to see how creative the kids can be, don’t you? Try some of these corn-related activities with your preschoolers. I’m sure they’ll create some absolute masterpieces.
Corn painting is such a unique and engaging because the children get to use corn cobs as paintbrushes!
Your preschoolers will be so surprised by the design on their corn crayon rubbing art that they will think it’s magic!
Let children create their very own colorful designs with a corn mosaic.
This pinecone calico corn craft uses natural materials for a beautiful piece of art that makes a great Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Teach your students how to make corn husk dolls for a functional art piece that can be used in some fun dramatic play activities!
Students will love making bubble wrap calico corn just as much as parents will love to decorate with it!
Math Corn Activities
This corn kernels make great math manipulatives! Here are some corn-related math activities your students will love:
The free printable corn color sorting mats are perfect for colorful corn kernels.
The very versatile popcorn number cards are a great addition to any classroom. They can be used in so many ways!
Children will love practicing their counting with a hands-on corn play dough counting mats.
Students will have a blast with some corn counting games. They can play on their own, or in a small group!
Corn Activities with a Literacy Focus
The options for preschool activities using corn are really endless. There are even some great literacy lessons using corn! Click on the links below to learn more about each activity.
Kids get to fill their bellies while having a blast with this popcorn sight word game.
An alphabet corn sensory bin leaves room for so many teaching opportunities with your students. As an added plus, this one is super simple to set up!
Get back to the basics with a classic letter C craft. The C-is-for-corn craft will also offer some great sensory input for students.
The calico corn letter matching activity uses stickers to match letters. I happen to know that preschoolers LOVE stickers!
The corny fun doesn’t stop there! Kids always seem to get a kick out of engaging in and observing science experiments. Here are a few science corn activities to wow the kids.
Preschoolers will absolutely adore getting to watch the corn dance around in a hopping corn science experiment!
Which types of corn sink, and which float? Conduct the preschool corn sink or float experiment with your students to find out.
This activity covers so many preschool concepts and skills. Your students will really enjoy learning about the corn life cycle.
The kids will love checking on the progress of the sprouting flint corn every day in the easy fall science experiment.
Even More Corn Activities for Preschool
In preschool, we focus on so much more than just academics. We help students make connections with their peers, practice their fine and gross motor skills, explore creativity in a variety of ways, engage in sensory activities, learn how to be a student, and – most importantly – PLAY.
With that in mind, I’ve included several sensory, play, and other activities below.
Make a corn sensory bottle with your students. Use them as a discovery bottle or even as shakers to make music!
The children will have so much fun “working” on their farm sensory bin.
This POPcorn on the cob will make for a great snack time full of plenty of learning opportunities.
If your students prefer exploring their sense of touch, the rainbow corn sensory bin will be the perfect fit for your classroom!
Have your little squirrels gather all the ingredients they need for some squirrel soup!
The calico corn squish bag will be a great sensory experience to add to any fall lesson.
Little fingers will get a great workout with a tweezing corn activity.
Browse this website for some amazing activity ideas, recipes, and resources that are all about popcorn. Your class will love getting to use (and devour) the snack of all snacks!
Done-for-You Preschool Resources
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We have a variety of comprehensive lesson plans available, as well as many other activities and printables that are perfect for any preschool classroom.
Click on the images below to learn more about each preschool resource.