Make Corn Print Patterns!

What You Need:

  • Dried ears of corn (reused decorative corn ears if you have any)
  • Tempera paint in a variety of colors
  • Construction paper
  • Paintbrush (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Before you begin the activity, take some time to look at the corn with your child to make some observations. Show your child the different colors and the patterns that the colored kernels create and pay particular attention to the texture of the corn.
  2. Now it's time to start painting! Give your child a selection of paint colors. For an added color lesson, provide only the primary colors (i.e., red, blue, and yellow) and some white paint. Have them explore with mixing and blending different colors to create a rainbow of their own unique colors.
  3. Help your child dip the corn into the paint. Encourage them to roll the corn in the paint (this will help to cover the whole piece). This part can get messy, so make sure you're working in a protected area. Instead, if you like, you can help your child use a paint brush to cover the corn in paint.
  4. Ask your child to firmly press the corn onto the construction paper to make a corn kernel print. Encourage your child to repeat this several times, creating multiple images and patterns on one piece of paper. Try making patterns based on shape, color, or even texture.
  5. When the prints have dried, you can hang them up in the house as a decoration or simply to display as a work of art!

When you child is finished pressing and printing with the corn, allow them to explore and experiment with using the corn as a new painting tool. Watch and see what types of colorful creations they can make with the corn used as a painting brush.

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