Activity

Corn Kernel Necklaces

First Grade Seasons Activities: Corn Kernel Necklaces

What You Need:

  • Flint corn kernels (soaked in water overnight)
  • Embroidery floss, 24" double thread
  • Heavy duty sewing needles
  • Thimble
  • Towel

What You Do:

  1. Show your child how to hold the sewing needle properly to avoid accidents.
  2. Have them pick out particular colors of kernels that they'd like to use in their necklace.
  3. Demonstrate how to thread a kernel by placing a soaked kernel of corn flat on the surface of a table and poking the threaded needle straight through.
  4. Encourage them to thread as many kernels as they'd like, making sure to leave at least an inch of thread on each end of the necklace.
  5. When they finish threading their kernels, help them tie the end of the necklace in a knot.
  6. Now, your child is ready to celebrate the fall season with their colorful kernel necklace.

Note: Some of the corn may begin to sprout, and this can be the perfect opportunity to grow some corn indoors, which could eventually be transplanted to your garden in the spring. Then, you and your child can harvest your own corn next fall!

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