Letter crafts are a classic kindergarten activity, and for good reason. They are a great way to bridge the gap between a variety of interests, and a kid-made alphabet is a great way to decorate your classroom (and then extend kids’ pride in their learning). This week I’m sharing our Letter C Craft – C is for Corn!
Corn was a natural fit as we were doing this craft in the fall, but corn (and popcorn) are always available and a hit with kids. Just be cautious to explain that the corn (and/or popcorn) are just for crafting and not for snacking. Try to have snack time before doing this craft, and if possible, offer some snacking popcorn to heed off any tasting later on.
After this activity, we moved onto a “painting with corn” activity, with dried corn on the cob, corn kernels, popped popcorn, and a paint made of cornmeal. I always think that the efficacy of activities like this is if you are able to build on them and allow children time to explore the concepts – or repeat the sound over and over again as you are doing “c”orn “c”rafts.
We have also done “C is for Cotton” for another hands-on sensory learning experience. You could also try “c is for cow” and draw on cow spots, or “c is for cocoa” and make some cocoa-based paint.
Making the Letter C Craft
First, gather your materials:
If working with children who can adeptly handle scissors, show them a letter c and encourage them to cut their paper plate into a “C”-shape. (If your children are not yet at this stage, prepare the c-shaped paper plates beforehand.)
Provide glue and small containers of corn for the children to use to decorate their “C”. Ask children if they know if this is a “big C” or “little c,” (uppercase or lowercase) and inquire how they got to that conclusion. It’s a great way to encourage children to practice critical thinking skills and build a better understanding of the formation of this letter.
Do you do letter crafts with your students?