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Kwanzaa Corn

Book: GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds
Center:

Art

Topic:

Holidays

Content:

The Arts: Visual Arts

Area:

Fine Motor

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

Information about the Kwanzaa corn
Tagboard
Scissors
Yellow, orange, and green paint and brushes
Glue
Brown or black marker
Brown paper (torn construction paper or tissue paper)
String
Paper punch



Instructions:

1. Munhundi means corn. The corn represents the children of a family (one ear
of corn for each child). The corn symbolizes the parents’ wish for the child to
grow up strong and happy.
2. Cut out corn shapes from tagboard.
3. Ask the children how many brothers and sisters they have. Give each child
one “ear of corn” for each sibling he has.
4. Encourage the children to paint their corn. When the corn is dry, encourage
them to glue small pieces of brown paper to the top of each ear.
5. Give each child a piece of paper with information about Kwanzaa corn. Help
them glue the information to the back of one ear of corn.
6. Write down the names of each child’s siblings on a separate ear of corn.
7. Talk about what the corn symbolizes.
8. Punch a hole into each ear of corn and string them together. If you tie each
ear if corn to the string, they will not overlap and lay on top of each other.
9. The child can take it home to be used as a door or wall hanging.


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