10 Simple Corn Crafts for Preschool

| Last Updated: October 7, 2022

These yellow kernels are excellent to work on for the fall season and Thanksgiving. Corn is a universal food that is known and appreciated everywhere.

These activities are simple, yet they vary in how they are presented. Some are in 3D forms, while others have a unique texture. These are guaranteed to provide hours of fun for young learners.

Fine Motor | Cutting | Pasting

1. Easy Printable Corn Craft

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Corn on the cob that looks like it belongs in an animated show is something children would look forward to. The huge expressive eyes and the upward mouth will never fail to make someone smile. 

This craft is relatively easy to make, and there are two ways to complete this craft. Both of these will help improve the cutting and pasting skills of children. 

Download the free printable template from the site. Once printed, trace the corn cob on yellow cardstock and the corn husks on the green. 

These can be given to older children to cut. For younger children, assist in parts where there are curved lines to cut. Another option is to provide pre-cut pieces to assemble. 

Have the children glue the pieces together by sticking the husks on the cob. Next, add the eyes. Lastly, use a black marker to add the mouth. 

Another way is to print the template on white cardstock. Provide markers or crayons for children to use to color the pieces. Have them cut and assemble the parts to make the corn on the cob. 

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Printed template 
  • Cardstock 
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black marker

For more information on this activity, go to SimpleEverydayMom.com

Fine Motor | Creativity | Cutting

2. Potato Masher Corn Craft

Two different types of corn can be made for this activity. The first is the fresh yellow sweet corn. The second type of corn can be used as a decoration for the fall season or on Thanksgiving Day. These are the orange and brown corn. 

This craft will help children improve their fine motor skills through stamping, cutting, and pasting tasks. 

Provide the child with a potato masher, preferably the kind that has holes or a grid. Do not use a masher that looks like curved metal rods. This type will not produce the same result. 

Place a small amount of paint on a shallow dish, just enough to cover the surface of the masher. Add more later if necessary. Have the child dip the potato masher in the paint and press on a white construction paper. 

Repeat until a wide area of the paper is covered with the pattern. While waiting for the paint to dry, cut out the husks from green construction paper. Have the children glue the husks in a V form on brown paper. 

Cut the white paper with paint in the shape of corn. Trace the corn shape to make it easier for children to cut on the line. Glue this between the husks. 

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Construction paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Paint 
  • Glue 
  • Potato masher 
  • A small shallow dish 

For more information on this activity, go to HappyToddlerPlaytime.com.

Fine Motor | Cutting | Fine Motor

3. Stamped Pencil Eraser Corn

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This craft will encourage children to hold the pencil correctly. The stamping technique used in this corn on the cob will get children to practice their three-finger grasp, which is essential when writing. 

Download and print the templates on the suggested color of paper-green for the husk and white for the corn cob. Cut the pieces and set them aside. 

Place some paint on a dish or paper plate. Have the children dip the eraser on the pencil into the yellow color. Press this on the corn template to create dots resembling corn kernels. 

Repeat until more than half of the paper is covered with dots. Allow the paint to dry. Cut the husk template, including the slits. Use a pencil to curl the strips. Glue this on the corn. Ensure that the edges are aligned and the painted part is exposed when glued together. 

To prevent accidents, use unsharpened pencils for this activity. 

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • White cardstock 
  • Green construction paper 
  • Yellow paint 
  • Pencil 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 

For more information on this activity, go to DucksNArrow.com.

Recycling | Creativity | Fine Motor

4. Bubble Wrap Corn Craft

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This corn craft is a great way to teach children about recycling. Use this craft with the book “Corn Aplenty” by Dana Meachen Rau. Make several of these corn crafts for children to use during pretend play. 

Children can copy the different movements from the book. These can include picking, selling, counting, and eating corn.   

Use bubble wrap to cover the toilet paper roll. Ensure that it is longer by about two inches for both ends. Secure with rubber bands to make it easier for the next step to do. 

Tuck the excess bubble wrap on one end inside the roll. Use the hot glue gun to secure it. Hold the edges together on the other end of the roll to make a pointy shape. Use the glue gun to hold them together and keep their shape. 

Take off the rubber bands. Have the children use a paintbrush to paint each of the bubbles. Let this dry. 

Cut the corn husks from green cardstock and attach them to the cob.  

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Bubble wrap
  • Green cardstock 
  • Yellow paint 
  • Paintbrush
  • Rubber band
  • Hot glue gun

For more information on this activity, go to HelloWonderful.co.

Counting | Fine Motor | Cutting

5. Cereal Corn Craft

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Don’t throw away those expired and old cereals. They can still be used to make a textured craft perfect for the fall season. Use cereals that are round and with a hole in the middle.

Use this craft for counting by making several of these corn crafts. Write the number on the husks and glue the amount of cereal for children to count. 

This corn craft can also be used to teach colors. Glue a single cereal color on each corn and write the color word on the husks.   

Cut the white or yellow construction paper in the shape of the corn. Use green construction paper for the husks. For every corn, there should be two green husks. Glue these pieces together. 

Use enough craft glue to stick the cereal on the paper. Be careful not to add too much glue as this may cause the paper to break from the wetness. If possible, choose yellow, brown, and orange for the corn. These will resemble the kernels. 

On the husks, glue some green cereal. Use glitter glue to make designs on the corn. Let the glue dry completely. 

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Construction papers in white, yellow, and green 
  • Craft glue and glitter glue
  • Scissors
  • Cereals 

For more information on this activity, go to KeepToddlersBusy.com.

Letter Recognition | Counting | Cutting

6. Yarn Corn

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Here’s another textured craft to make. It is colorful enough for children to love and would also be great to help children learn to cut materials with a softer texture than paper. 

Aside from cutting skills, this craft can be used to teach letters. Write the target letters on the husks. For example, the uppercase letter is on the right, while the lowercase is on the left. 

Have children cut the yellow and orange yarn into short pieces. If they find it challenging to cut while holding, provide assistance. 

Another way is to tie an ample amount of yarn on the table or chair legs. This step will make it easier for them to stretch the yarn and cut. 

Once there are enough yarn pieces, cut out the construction papers. Use white for the cob and green for the husks. Spread glue over the white paper and let the children press enough yarn to cover its color. 

Glue the husks on each side and let this dry.  

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Yellow and orange yarn 
  • White and green construction paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 

For more information on this activity, go to 3Dinosaurs.com.

Cutting | Fine Motor | Shape Recognition

7. Corn with Handprint Leaves

This colorful handprint corn craft is simple and can be completed in no time. The handprints serve as the husks on the corn. 

Children will learn to practice their cutting skills. The older children can cut their handprints, the cob, and the colored papers. Younger children may practice cutting the squares from the colored papers. 

Trace the child’s handprint on the green craft foam. Cut them out. Next, cut out the corn from the yellow construction paper. Stick this on the handprint, positioning it well so the corn covers the thumbs and the pinkies stick out. 

Next, cut out squares from the tissue paper. The squares do not need to be identical. Glue the colorful squares on the corn. Let this dry. 

Vary this activity to teach shapes. Make several of these corn crafts and cut different shapes. For example, one corn has colorful circles while another has colorful triangles. Use shapes such as rectangles, hearts, diamonds, stars, and others. 

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Green craft foam 
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Tissue papers in different colors
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 

For more information on this activity, go to KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com.

Fine Motor | Pattern Recognition | Color Recognition

8. Corn Mosaic

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Here’s a process art activity that uses natural corn. This corn mosaic art may take some time to prepare, but the finished product is incredible. 

The kernels on this craft are dyed in advance. For the complete process on how to do this, head to the site. 

This craft is an excellent way to help children improve their fine motor skills. As they pick up each kernel, their fingers become more skilled in holding and transferring these pieces. 

This craft is also an excellent way to teach children colors and patterns as they make their designs. 

Cut a square black cardstock and a smaller white cardstock. Glue the white on top of the black. The black part will become the frame for this artwork. 

Draw a design on the paper, such as swirls, and cover it with glue. Have the child stick the corn kernels on the part with glue. Complete the whole design by adding different colors of corn kernels. Let this dry. 

Another way to make this craft is to use contact paper instead of white cardstock and glue. Use the exact size of contact paper. This material will let children stick the kernels without the mess from the glue. 

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Dyed corn kernels
  • Glue 
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock 
  • Tray 

For more information on this activity, go to FunADay.com.

Tracing | Fine Motor | Cutting

9. Foot, Hand, and Fingerprint Corn

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This corn craft uses a combination of foot and hand prints. This activity is excellent for helping children improve their tracing and cutting skills. It is also a great way to teach children the effect of mixing colors. 

Older children may trace and cut their feet and handprints, while younger children may be given the pre-cut pieces. 

Trace the child’s feet on the green construction paper. Cut them out and set them aside. Next, dip the child’s hand in yellow paint or use the sponge brush to apply color to the whole palm. 

Carefully press the child’s hand on white cardstock. Let the paint dry. Next, dot different paint colors on a paper plate. Use shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown. 

Have the child dip a finger and dot the handprint with these colors. It is acceptable for the colors to overlap and mix. 

Allow the paint to dry before sticking the green footprint corn husks. 

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • White cardstock 
  • Green construction paper 
  • Paint 
  • Sponge brush
  • Glue
  • Scissors 

For more information on this activity, go to MeaningfulMama.com.

Painting | Fine Motor | Creativity

10. Lego Stamped Corn

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This activity proves that legos are not just toys. They also serve another purpose, and this is to make art. Legos can be used for stamping, a painting technique. The round parts protruding from the blocks will make the perfect kernels. 

If possible, use several legos stacked together. This step will make it easier for younger children to grab and press during stamping.  

Place a small amount of paint on a paper plate. Place brown, yellow, and orange paints apart, so they do not mix. Next, have the child dip the lego in the paint and press it on white paper. 

Use a different lego for each color of paint. Stamp as many times as possible on the white paper. Once finished, allow the paint to dry. 

Cut the white paper into the shape of corn. Cut the brown piece for the husks. There should be three husks for each corn. Fold these to make them look crimped and attach them to the corn. 

For this activity, you will need the following:

  • Lego blocks
  • White and brown paper 
  • Brown, yellow, and orange  paints 
  • Scissors
  • Glue 

For more information on this activity, go to CraftyMorning.com.


These corn activities are enjoyable to make. Some are simple, while some take some time to prepare. 

These crafts can be used as tools to teach children letters and numbers. They can also be turned into masterpieces.  

Consider making one or all of these activities. They will surely provide the children with fun while improving their skills.

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