A Preschool Popcorn Theme! You've gotta love it! You can eat it, count it, color it, learn about science with it! An all around Preschool Theme! Great for a one day theme or a week long or longer theme!
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Let the Preschool Popcorn Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Preschool Popcorn Theme Art
Materials Needed: Sheep shapes on construction paper, glue popped and unpopped kernels, googly eyes
The children dip popped and unpopped pieces into glue and place on their sheep shape for a way cool animal!
Preschool Popcorn Themed Collage!
Provide popped and unpopped pieces, glue and paper. Don't give any direction. Let the children decide what their collage will be!
VARIATION: You could use colored glue to add more color.
VARIATION: Color the popped corn by shaking it in a bag with powdered tempera paint. Color the kernels by letting them sit in rubbing alcohol and food coloring (Note: because the kernels are yellow in base color, the colors you make will not be as bright as you'd anticipate, much like when you color pasta).
Different Seed Collages
Materials Needed: popcorn kernels, pumpkin seeds and other types of seeds; sturdy paper and glue.
Encourage the children to make their own design by gluing the different types of seeds on the paper. And YES, kernels are seeds and they DO grow into corn! See the Science activities below to see how!
Use corn on the cob to roll in paint and then roll onto paper for a cool design!
Prschool Popcorn Theme Block Center Ideas
Add corn on the cob (still in the husks) and farm trucks and animals for your children to discover the life cycle, if you will, of popcorn!
Preschool Popcorn Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
There are some great themed books for this theme (see the Library Section below). Make up flannel board pieces to go with some of the stories. The children can place the pieces on your flannel board as you tell the story.
Fingerplays and Songs
I'm a Little Kernel (sung to I'm A Little Teapot)
I'm a little kernel in a pot
Turn on the heat and watch me hop.
When I get all warmed up then I'll pop.
Yummy-yum I taste good when hot!
The Popcorn Song (Sung to Down by the Station)
In the popcorn popper
kernels go ker-plunk.
I can smell it cooking-
See the popcorn popping
Fluffy and white.
Tastes just right!
Popcorn In A Pot (Sung to I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little popcorn in a pot
Heat me up and watch me pop.
when I get all fat and white then I'm done
Popping corn is lots of fun!
I Am Popcorn (Sung to Frere Jacques)
I am popcorn. I am popcorn.
See me pop. See me pop.
Pop pop pop pop popcorn
Pop pop pop pop popcorn
See me pop. See me pop.
Pop, Pop, Pop (clap at each pop)
Pour the corn into the pot (pretend to pour)
Pop, Pop, Pop! (clap at each pop)
Takeit and shake it till it's hot (pretend to shake a pot)
Pop, Pop, Pop! (clap at each pop)
Lift the lid What have we got? (pretend to lift the lid off a pot)
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Preschool Popcorn Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
There are so many recipes for this! Use your favorite or look one up online. Be sure to let the children help in preparing these!
Cinnamon Apple Popcorn
Ingredients needed: 3 quarts popped corn; 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup dried apples, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 3 tablesppons sugar.
Pour melted butter over popcorn. Add sugar and cinnamon to popcorn and mix.
Microwave on high for one to two minutes. Stir in apple chunks.
1/2 cup butter, 1 chopped onion, 1 tablespoon parsley, 1/4 cup flour, 2 quarts of half and half cream, 2 cans (15 ounce each) draned whole kernel corn, salt, pepper, popcorn
Saute onion (in advance is best). Put all ingredients in pot or crockpot (except popcorn). Heat on high until all is blended and hot. Garnish with popcorn.
(I had to heat the flour and half and half first or the flour was all lumpy!).
Preschool Popcorn Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Provide some popped popcorn to cook or just let them cook with the items you have in this area and simply name everything with a popcorn name (popcorn milk, cereal, etc.!).
Preschool Popcorn Theme Ideas for your Easel--More Than Just Painting
(Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Paint with popped corn at the easel during this theme. They can hold a piece and dip into a thin tray of paint or you can glue it to the end of a stick or brush!
Preschool Popcorn Theme Large Group Games
to help build preschoolers' muscles while they have fun together!
Using a parachute, tell the children they are going to pretend it is a hot air popcorn popper! Talk through the process of popping kernels. (It would help if you have made popcorn with them in the class prior to this game).
We are pouring the kernels in (everyone squat down to the floor holding the chute).
The air is moving and getting warmer (stand up slowly)
The kernels are moving around a little (make small waves up and down with the parachute).
The kernels are slowly popping (up, down, up down, slowly)
Now faster.........and faster......WHOA! There's the popcorn!
EXTENSION: Add some crunched up paper or soft balls to be the kernels.
EXTENSION: Do this outside with REAL popcorn on it. Leave the popcorn outside for the birds when done!
Popper is on, Popper is off!
This is played light red light green light.
When you say ON POPPER the children hop and pop their way to you.
When you say OFF POPPER they need to freeze!
Preschool Popcorn Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Book Suggestions for the Library
The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back by Carl Sandburg
If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Popcorn Book by Tomie Depaola
The Popcorn Dragon by Jane thayer
The Popcorn Shop by Alice Low
Preschool Popcorn Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Materials: Use any bingo game you have: numbers, letters, shapes, animals, etc. However, use popped corn instead of the paper or plastic markers!
In advance, write the numbers 1-10 (or the numbers you are working on with your students) on individual colored index cards.
Glue the correct number of popped corn on each card.
Provide an additional set of numbered cards WITHOUT the corn on it.
Provide a bowl of popped corn and let the children count out the correct numbers onto their cards (and, of course, eat some popcorn, too!)
In advance, make up and glue patterns on strips of paper. (kernel, popped, kernel popped or kernel, kernel popped, kernel, kernel, popped).
Encourage the children to either duplicate the pattern you made or extend the pattern with what would go next.
Taste Test Graphing
With the children, make many different types of popcorn. Suggestions: add cinamon, butter, salt, plain, ranch (add a package of dry ranch dressing seasoning to the popcorn!), parmesean cheese, chocolate (melt some butter and chocolate chips together and drizzle over popcorn!)
Have each child try one piece of each.
In advance, have a graph ready. List all the types of popcorn you make at the top of each column. Have the children's names preprinted (or their pictures) on paper (write or print out each child's name or picture for as many types of popcorn you will make).
As the children try the types of popcorn, they place their name or picture under that type if they liked it.
When done, estimate how many liked the salted, plain, etc. Or ask, did more people like the ___ type or the ____ type.
VARIATION: Print the types of popcorn across the top of the chart. Pring the children's names on the left-hand column. Make smiley and sad faces (many of them!). The children place a smiley face next to their name and under the types of popcorn they like and sad faces for the types they don't.
Preschool Popcorn Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
I'm A Kernel
Make up a story of a kernel and how it pops and have them act it out as you say it!
You could also use any of the songs in the Circle Time activities above to use for this!
Preschool Popcorn Theme Activities for the Senses!
Kernels And Seeds
Add popcorn, kernels (and colored ones of both) along with other beans and seeds. Add cups, spoons, etc. to measure and "cook" with.
If in season, place ears of corn still in the husks for the children to peel off. Let them pull of the corn and try it as well!
Preschool Popcorn Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Grow Popcorn Kernels! Really!
My cousin's daughter did this in preschool. The picture above is the result of bringing the experiment home and planting it in everyday dirt outside!
Materials needed: plastic baggies, tape, popcorn kernels, paper towels, spray bottle.
Have the children add 5-7 kernels onto a paper towel.
They spray the towel and kernels with water.
Fold the paper towel around the seeds and place in the plastic baggie and seal.
Hang from a sunny window.
They will sprout and then you can plant them!
Materials Needed: Clear plastic cups, water, a lid (like a margarine lid that is larger than the plastic cup but does not fit tightly)
Fill the cups with popcorn kernels.
Add water until the cup is full. Mark the cup where the water fills up to.
Rest the lid on the top.
Watch and observe for a day or so.
The kernels will absorb the water they need to "pop" and possible overflow (so you may want to place the cups on a shallow cookie sheet or tray).
Provide science journals (made of paper and covered with construction paper) for each child.
Have them draw what they did to start the experiment. Possible glue some kernels on the front of their journal.
Have them draw their predictions of what they think will happen.
Each day, have them draw a picture (and you can write what they say) about any changes they notice in the cups.
Materials needed: King or queen size sheet or blanket (PLEASE make sure it is huge! This can be a dangerous activity if the children are too close to the popper); hot air popper; popcorn kernels; colored dots or pieces of construction paper for "markers".
The children sit on the outside edges of the sheet and blanket. This is EXTREMELY important. The popcorn can go pretty far. If the children are too close, an unpopped kernel could fly out that is VERY hot and burn their skin.
Tell the children that you are going to put some kernels in the popper and turn it on with NO cover on it.
Take guesses of what will happen. After some discussion, give each a dot or paper "marker" and ask them to predict where they think the popcorn will land when it pops and flies out by placing their sticker dot on a spot on the sheet.
They go back to the edges to sit. Turn on the popper, add the kernels and see what happens!
We did this 4 or 5 times before the kids wanted to actually eat the popcorn!
More Estimating and Predicting
You could do this as an extension to the above popping activity by setting up tape lines in advance or do this as an active game another day or at a different time of day.
Tape a line where the children will stand. Give them each a sticky dot. Tell them to place the dot on the floor where they think they will be able to throw a piece of popcorn to. Then have them throw a piece! Were they correct?
Have them re-predict and throw again!
EXTENSION: Give them rulers and tape measures to "measure" how far their corn went!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Popcorn Theme!
My Piece of Popcorn!
Ask each child to draw a picture of an adventure that thier piece of popcorn could go on. Give them a piece of popcorn to hold while drawing and thinking. Write down their story and place it next to their picture to display.
VARIATION: Make a class book out of their stories!
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