Inside: This fall fine motor Indian corn activity is fun to do independently, or in a small group.
We use tweezers a lot in our preschool to build fine motor skills. During the fall, one of our favorite fine motor activities is tweezing dried corn. Have you ever tried this? It takes great concentration to focus on tweezing one kernel from the cob. Some kernels release easier than others. This can be a great tray activity for one child for a few children. Once those kernels are released, you can find more activities to use the loose kernels!
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Fall Fine Motor Indian Corn Activity
Every fall you see those ears of corn with multicolored kernels. You might have even used them to decorate your Thanksgiving table, or as a display with some pumpkins. They are known as flint corn, or Indian corn.
Its kernels, which come in a range of colors including white, blue and red, have “hard as flint” shells, giving this type of corn its name. Flint corn kernels contain a small amount of soft starch surrounded completely by a larger amount of hard starch, which means the kernels shrink uniformly when drying and are dent-free and less prone to spoiling (and therefore ideal for autumnal décor). – (Source)
Because the kernels are hard, and there is some space between them, they make an excellent fine motor tweezing activity for preschoolers.
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