Sensory Process Art Project with Corn Cobs for Fall

When I was a young girl, my aunt and uncle had a large farm in South Dakota. Each year they would send us a box of dried corn to pop and other goodies and treats from the farm. We loved getting those boxes, and I always enjoyed checking out the corn cobs and seeing how different it was from the corn we ate from a frozen bag or can. Recently, we took our own boys on a cross country trip and we actually visited the Field of Dreams in Iowa. It is surrounded by corn and corn farms, just like in the movie. It was a great learning experience for my guys. So, I thought I would share a fun and easy corn cob sensory process art project idea!

This harvest corn construction paper craft is another one of our popular fall / Thanksgiving crafts!

Corn Cob Sensory Process Art Project

Corn Process Art Painting Supplies:

  • Red paint, orange paint, and yellow paint.
  • Paint palette or paper plate.
  • Paper. 
  • Corn on the cob.

This project is super easy. And, it’s a great opportunity to teach little ones about food cycles. Now, let’s get started!

I used fresh corn for this project. You can show the kids how peel the husk off. In fact, you can even use the husks to paint if you want! Or, save the husks and use them for a different project.

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Now, it’s time to paint. First, I added a little bit of each color paint to a paper plate. Then, you can let the little ones roll the corn through the  paint. Or, you can use a foam paintbrush to fully paint the corn on the cob.

Next, place the painted corn on a sheet of paper. Then, gently roll the corn across the paper. 

My mom’s class recently used this technique to paint, and the kids loved the way it felt to roll the corn on the paper. The kids felt the bumps on their hands.  And, then, when the project was finished they saw the bumps on the paper.

This is a great and versatile activity. For instance, you could paint one side of the corn cob and press it on to paper on one side. Then, you could glue pieces of the husk to the paper around the pressed corn.

Either way, this is a great project that helps teach little ones about food. However, it’s a lot of fun to paint with corn, no matter how old you are!

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That’s it! I hope you’re inspired to create a beautiful corn cob sensory process art project masterpiece.


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