Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Legend of Indian Corn Craft

Decorating for Thanksgiving is in full swing at the Cotter home. Last week's project was an Indian corn craft with a Christian twist.

I recently found the above poem that gives Christian meaning to the colors of Indian corn kernels. I'm not really sure where it came from, and I doubt it's an authentic legend, but it made for a fun craft project that included copy work, which is always a bonus in this homeschooling house.

Here is how we made them, beginning with our supplies:

  • Paints
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Q-tips
  • Raffia
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil (We used a black erasable colored pencil.)
Step 1: Cut out two corn shapes per child from yellow construction paper.

Step 2: Have your child copy the poem onto one of the ears of corn. We laid out the poem so it would fit on 15 lines.

God put colors for
you and me on all
of the Indian corn
we see! Brown is
for the beauty of
fall, Red is God's
love for us all,
Yellow is for the
golden sun, White
tells us to love
everyone, Orange
tells us to give 
God praise and
keep Him with us

Step 3: Make a pallet of orange, brown, white, yellow, and red paints. These are the colors mentioned in the poem.

Step 4: Have your child use a q-tip to dot the kernels onto the other ear of corn and around the words of the poem.

Step 5: Glue the corn ears together, punch a hole at the top of them, and tie on some raffia.

I think they turned out just lovely!

P. S. I wrote the poem for my preschooler, it would have been too much for him!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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