All About Corn

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All About Corn: an activity for children of all ages. What parts make up a corn plant? What are the different types of corn? Where is corn grown and what is it used for? This activity will help children learn to notice the different types, parts and structures of corn.

  • Supplies:
  • Throughout the week, memorize Psalm 65:13, “The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.”
  • Read a book to learn about corn, such as The Life and Times of Corn by Charles Micucci, and have your child retell what they’ve learned in their own words.
  • Draw a corn stalk and label each part (see p. 12 or Farm Anatomy p. 83).
  • For an older child: Discuss the many things corn is used for. Encourage your child to find 5-10 items in your home that have been made using corn.
  • Identify the various types of corn (sweet, popcorn, field) and which states grow the most corn (western Indiana,Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, eastern Nebraska, and eastern Kansas).
  • Document this information in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Feel free to add poems, recipes, memories, or pictures of corn found in magazines to your garden notebook/journal as well.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.