Age Level: Ages 3+
Number of students: 15-20 with help of extra adult
General Subject Area: Science / Art
- Dried corn on the cob (sold as squirrel feed)
- Paint brushes
- See-thru container
Introduction: When talking about animals we always end up talking about the various categories of animals – zoo animals, endangered species, rainforest animals, household pets, farm animals and on and on. After discussion, book reading, art projects and singing about animals I transition into this Science / Art fun with corn from the farm animals’ habitat.
Stated Objectives: Students will be able to use fine motor skills when picking the kernels off the cobs. They will utilize their visual skills in the observation of the growth of the corn cob sprouts. Children will incorporate their tactile and kinesthetic skills as they enjoy the texture of the kernels remaining on the texture table.
- Give each child their own dried corn cob
- Allow the children time to pick off all the kernels off their corn cob
- Use the kernels in your texture table
- Allow the children to paint their corn cobs with large brushes and vibrant paints for a fall art project to decorate the classroom.
- Save one of the corn cobs to grow in your Science area by doing the following: Fill a container (large enough to accommodate the corn cob) with 1 inch of water and allow the cob to soak for approximately 1.5 – 2 weeks (a clear, see-through container allows the greatest observation of growth). Make sure to keep watering the corn cob. The cob will soon sprout plants that will grow very tall and can be planted in soil.
Closure: Once the activity is over with the kernels being picked off and the cobs painted we clean up singing our Boca Beth bilingual Animal Song / La canción de animales and decorate the classroom with our bright and beautiful fall cobs. We observe the change in the cob in our Science area for weeks and plant the off shoots in a visible place that we can see each day to chart the growth progress.
A fun class extension of this animal fun – honing in on animal habitats:
Supply children with 3 bowls filled with grass, hay and water in small groups. Give children many different types of plastic zoo animals. Have them work together as teams placing each animals in the “environment” or “habitat” where they think they would most likely find them living. Depending upon the age group of the children, the conversations of “environment” and “habitat” can take place.
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!
VERY FUN VIDEO about farm animals – WARNING! Immersion method used but with GREAT visual clues: