1-2-3 Come Do Some Indian Corn "Craftivities" With Me!
Yesterday I posted cornucopia-themed activities. (Scroll down to see that blog article.) To add some more variety to your November lessons, I have some cute Indian corn items that I think you and your kiddo's will enjoy. Corn was a life saving food that both the Indians and Pilgrims ate in a variety of ways.
All of these activities appear in the Indian Corn Craftivities packet. Click on the link to view/download it.
The photo truly does not do this craftivity justice. The results really look like Indian corn; my kiddos were amazed with the awesome results. I thought the raffia bows added that finishing touch. I tied them ahead of time for my Y5's to staple at the top of their corn.
Another favorite of mine is the fingerprint corn. The one in the photo I did with my 1-year-old grandson, Kaiden. I couldn't believe he sat so quietly while I pressed his index finger into the different colored stamp pads!
I made the corn husks out of a lunch bag and then crumpled them up. You could also trace & cut a child's hand print to glue at the base. The British word for corn is maize so I added a play on words sentiment. ("I hope you have an 'a-maize-ing' Thanksgiving.")
Since he was sitting so quietly, I also wanted to do the ever-popular turkey hand print with him. While I was putzing with his hands, I thought it would be fun to turn them into a family turkey and include a tracing of his mom's and dad's hand too. The heart says: My family is turkey-riffic.
I used Kaiden's little hand for the wing and bent it up, to add some 3D pop. The beak is also 3 dimensional. You could do this new twist with your students too. Simply send the construction paper home with a note and directions. I've included a letter in the packet: Family Turkey Prints.
Getting back to our Indian corn theme, have students color in the corn kernels. It's a great fine motor skill. However, to make this less tedious, I made it a game.
Students choose a partner and take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll they color in that many kernels of corn. Remind them to use a variety of colors. (I bring in some samples of real Indian corn to show them the variety.)
Older students can roll 2 dice and add them together. I've included a math worksheet where they can show the equations on the back.
On the front, students guess how many kernels are on the cob. They make tally marks each time they color, and then count by 5's to find out the answer. (There are 110.)
I've also included several other worksheets to reinforce more standards, such as this Indian corn graphing activity.
There's a patterning activity, and a graphing paper craft where students also color the Indian corn.
When I ate lunch with my friend Alma, she made tamales wrapped in cornhusks. She said she bought the cornhusks from the grocery store.
I thought adding some to one of my students' craftivities would add that finishing touch, so I bought a pack and we stapled them to the base of our cob for a realistic touch.
As long as you're doing a few corn-themed things, why not buy a bag of popcorn. I LOVE popcorn, and it was something even the Pilgrims had, although I think they used it to make some sort of mushy cereal.
I'm munching popcorn right now (for breakfast) because I needed to take this photo and couldn't resist. I think your kiddo's will have fun with these 1-to-1 correspondence Indian corn cards.
Print, laminate and trim the full-color cards, or run off a set of black and white. After students wash their hands, pass out some popped and un-popped corn. Children can place the popped corn above the cards for lower numbers, and put the kernels on the corn for all of the numbers.
When they have completed their work they can eat their cup of popcorn. (Collect and recylcle the un-popped kernels to use again next year.)
If you want your kiddo's to take a black and white set home, put a dollop of Elmer's glue on a small paper plate. Give children a Q-tip to make a glue dot on their corn cob and place however many kernels on it that match the number. Set aside to dry. I've also included a page of interesting trivia about popcorn.
Finally, since my brain never shuts off, I'm forever asking "What educational thing can I make or do with this?" While grocery shopping last week, I saw that many stores had Halloween candy 50% to 75% off and wondered how I could incorporate candy corn with Thanksgiving.
I always made some little treat for my kiddo's just before they left on break and thought maybe other teachers would like to do that too.
Run off the candy corn note and pass it out 15-minutes before dismissal. To expedite the activity, count 5 pieces of candy corn out for each child the day before and put them in Dixie cups.
I made a template with the star on it for really little ones to place their candy on, as well as one without the pattern to challenge students to make the star. It's interesting to note that when the bottoms touch a bit they will make the 5-sided pentagon shape. Woo hoo another teachable moment!
Thanks for visiting today. I'm off to go find my Thanksgiving decorations. Am anxious to take down Halloween and put up some cute little turkeys. Wishing you a happy day and blessed November.
"We should be thankful for the wonderful things we have, and the awful things that we don't" -Unknown