Handprint crafts never seem to get old in our house! It's such a fun way to capture our kids' age and size in a creative way. So, while cooking with corn this week, we decided to create this adorable Handprint Corn on the Cob craft.
minimal supplies & minimal mess!
This craft requires very few supplies. Kids simply trace and cut out one handprint, two footprints and glue them together to form the shape of corn on the cob. Then, they decorate and display their adorable corn on the cob masterpiece!
Decorate THE kitchen with your Handprint Corn on the Cob!
This craft can make a great gift for grandparents or other relatives. You can turn your craft into a fridge magnet by adding a small adhesive magnet to the back of your finished product! I purchased the magnet pictured below at an art store, but you can find similar adhesive magnets on Amazon.
You can also turn your corn on the cob craft into an ornament. Simply cut a small piece of ribbon and make a loop so you can hang up your corn on the cob.
practice those Fine Motor Skills!
This activity provides a great opportunity for kids to practice their fine motor skills in the form of tracing and cutting. These tasks require a great deal of focus. We highly recommend Westcott's kid-friendly scissors (special left/right handed pair pictured below).
Note: If younger children are feeling overwhelmed, older siblings can step in and help out.
While making this corn on the cob craft, you and your kids might want to take a moment to learn some fun facts about the corresponding meal's featured ingredient:
🍴 COrn 🍴
- Corn, which is also called maize, is cereal plant that harvests grains (or kernels) set in rows on a cob.
- Whole corn (that we eat on the cob) is considered a vegetable, yet the corn's kernels are considered whole grains.
- Corn is produced in almost every continent in the world. It is most commonly yellow, but can also be harvested in other colors, like purple, green and white.
- An average ear of corn has 800 kernels arranged in 16 rows!
- Corn is rich in fiber and high in carbohydrates, which give our body energy.
Featured Ingredient: Corn
Corresponding Recipe: Carne Asada with Corn Salad & Creamy Chimichurri Sauce
Skills supported: Fine motor, (tracing, cutting, gluing), following instructions
✂ supplies ✂
- Yellow and green construction paper
- Glue or Tape
- Optional: small, adhesive magnets like these.
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SEE HOW TO MAKE OUR HandPrint Corn on the Cob CRAFT:
📝 instructions 📝
Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.
1. Trace and cut out one handprint on yellow paper.
2. Trace and cut out two footprints on green paper.
3. Cross one of your footprint's heels over the other and glue them on top of the bottom of your handprint.
4. Draw several vertical and horizontal lines on your handprint to form your corn kernels. We used an orange colored pencil for this task! Finally, label your corn on the cob as desired!
*For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.