Haven’t yet stocked up on calico corn for your classroom Thanksgiving feast? Rather than heading to the farmers’ market, have students make these colorful ears of “corn” using bubble wrap, cardboard tubes, tissue paper, paint, and a few craft supplies. Then pass out our FREE printable worksheet and let the celebrations begin!
Things You'll Need:
Paint (Indian corn colors)
Yellow or white paper, 8.5x 11"
Tissue paper (husk colors)
FREE printable worksheet
1 Brush bubble wrap with paint. Students can mix different colors to achieve the mottled appearance of Indian corn.
2 Lay a sheet of paper over bubble wrap. Use your hands to smooth paper down and ensure the ink prints onto paper evenly. Then, allow paper to dry.
3 Wrap printed paper around tube your paper tube and tape down.
4 Fold the bottom of the printed paper inward creating a tapered end and tape shut.
5 Fold tissue paper several times, to create a multi-layered stack. Then, trim the tissue paper into husk shape (a long rounded triangle). Next, pull apart the layers of your husk and crinkle the paper with your hands to create a husk-like texture. Finish by twisting the flat ends together and wrapping with tape.
6 Put the pieces together! Run a line of glue along the inside of the tube opening and place your tissue husks inside.
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Image: Roger Hagadone