Beautifully colorful corn mosaics are the perfect Thanksgiving art projects for preschoolers!
I spent quite some time experimenting with the best way to dye corn kernels. Lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into perfecting that process.
Okay, well there really wasn’t any blood or sweat. And the tears only happened when I knocked a full container onto the floor. But seriously, lots of effort went into it because I really wanted to know how to dye corn.
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 really wanted to try something different. Thus the quest for colorful corn! 🙂
Use Dyed Corn to Make Beautiful Corn Mosaics
At the end of my original corn dyeing 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.
Corn Mosaics as Thanksgiving Art
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!
Once completed, the corn mosaics were proudly displayed in our classroom. The kids 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 you ever made corn mosaics with the kids? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving art to make with the kids?
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