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Thanksgiving Corn

Corn has been a Thanksgiving staple since the first harvest feast. Try this experiment with corn.

  • Ask children to vote on whether they think colored corn kernels will become colored popcorn. Display the voting results.
  • Then let children place plain popcorn kernels in plastic locked bags. Add drops of food coloring -- red, blue, green, or yellow -- and some vinegar to each bag; make sure all the kernels are saturated with color.
  • Next, place the kernels on paper towels to dry.
  • Later pop the colored kernels in an air popper.

Children will see that the popped corn is fluffy and white. Talk about the results.



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Sue LaBella, Education World's former early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.

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