This is a really simple craft, great for preschoolers, that I initially used as part of our food thematic unit, but I thought it would be perfect as a Thanksgiving craft. We actually use non-GMO heirloom popcorn (if you notice, each popped kernel is quite small) so that I feel comfortable allowing the kids to eat the popcorn as they go.
- Yellow and green construction paper, along with a sheet to use as a background color (I like either orange or blue for the contrast)
- 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
- Begin by showing the children the popcorn kernels so they can see what it looks like before it is popped. I pop the popcorn in a large pot on the stove with a little coconut oil. I gave the kids some to eat before we began our craft.
- After the kids enjoy their snack, they can use their hands to explore the texture of the popcorn. This is a great sensory activity.
- I cut out the shape of a corn cob with yellow paper and the husk out of green paper. The corn cob is glued to the paper, with the husk glued on top.
- Next, glue the popcorn to the corn cob. Allow the corn to dry.
To tie in historic content so the children understand why they made a corn project in November, I would read the children a book about a Thanksgiving feast that discusses how Native Americans grew corn.