I love fall! It is my favorite season. I love the weather. I love all the fun things that come with fall, like hay rides, scarecrows, pumpkins, the beautiful leaves and so much more. One of my favorite teaching tools during this season, is Candy Corn. Now Candy corn also comes in Candy Pumpkins. These are not only yummy tools, but they are also very versatile. I decided it would be fun to combine all my favorite Candy corn fall activities into one fun unit. I hope that your kids enjoy candy corn and candy pumpkins as much as my youngest did. Although I did have to keep a lot of extra Candy Corn around to make sure we had enough to do our projects. Someone, kept eating them all on me. Word of advice keep some in a separate location that the kids can’t reach.
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Hand Print Candy Corn
Need: Large Spong, orange, yellow, and white paint, brown or black paper, and hands.
If you have really little littles, like 2s or 3s, this project would be great. All you do is paint a large sponge too yellow, middle, yellow and bottom orange. Then have the students keep their fingers tight, and press their hand onto the sponge. Then carefully press their hand on to a piece of black or brown paper to create fun hand print candy corn.
Tissue Paper Candy Corn
Need: clear contact paper, orange yellow and white tissue paper.
Prep: cut out tissue paper squares out of each color. Cut out triangles out of clear contact paper. Squares or circles that the triangles fit inside of clear contact paper.
Have the kids pull off the paper backing then have them lay tissue paper squares on, starting with orange on the bottom, then yellow, then white. Don’t worry if they don’t get it perfect it’s a chance to work on following directions, and to work on fine motor skills. Encourage them to do one at a time, or I guarantee someone is going to just dump.
Once triangles are full I would have them peel the paper off of the backs of the squares/circles, and stick those on top of the tissue paper. Fold over the edges, of the square or circle. This will finish it off.
Finally, I tape the candy corn to the window, and they look like beautiful stained glass Candy Corn.
Puffy Candy Corn
Need: white Elmer’s glue, one bottle, can of non smelly shaving cream: not gel, and popsicle sticks, styrofoam bowls, and orange and yellow food coloring. A candy corn shape to paint.
Steps to Puffy Paint:
- Put a Tbs. Of Elmer’s glue in a bowl.
- Add about a cup of shaving cream
- Mix in 5 to 7 drops of food coloring.
- Repeat for each color needed.
I use plastic spoons to add the paint to the candy corn cut outs to create puffy candy corns. I liked to have the kids cut out the candy corn when dry to work on that fine motor skill.
Note: make sure to write names on the backs for ease.
Need: plastic ziplock baggies, red paint, yellow paint, white paint, black sharpie, and tape.
I draw a candy corn with a black sharpie on a ziplock bag for each student. Give a squirt of red on the bottom, yellow in the middle and white on the top. Seal the bag, then use packaging tape to seal the top again. Finally, I let the student use their hands to try to mix the colors to make it look like a candy corn. Then we talked about what two colors makes orange.
Need: Baggies, Candy Corn, Candy Pumpkins, and crayons.
Prep: Put a handful of Pumpkins and Candy Corn in each baggie.
This is a very simple activity that doesn’t require much prep, but it does make for a fun morning math activity. I give each student a baggie, and I give them a sorting sheet, which is just a picture of a Candy Corn, and a Pumpkin, that I have laminated for them. That is definitely not required. However, then I could save them from year to year and reuse. Save a few trees, right. After I have handed everything out, I simply allow them to sort their baggies onto the pictures.
If you want to take it further, you could have them count them and graph how many were in their baggie. You could even have them then count them together to find out how many in total they had.
Further extension, would be to have the students compare who had the same, the most, and the least. You could even divide up the students into groups of who had 5 or who had 6 pumpkins, and then see which number had the most students. This activity is so simple, yet can be altered to work with counting, graphing, comparisons, sorting, and even simple addition. All very valuable math skills for preschoolers.
Need: Graphing paper of some sort. Included in my Candy Corn Unit on Teacher Pay Teacher.com, is a graph specifically laid out for this purpose. Crayons.
Have each student walk around and ask students in their class, or another classroom to taste both the pumpkins and the candy corn, and then tell them which is their favorite. Then Color in the square above that picture. I make sure to leave a column for those who like both, or none. This way it is fair across the board.
Dissolving Candy Corn
Need: Candy Corn, clear plastic cups, water, vinegar, and soda.
This project I like to do at the beginning of the week. All you do is fill one glass with water, one with vinegar, and one with clear soda(7up) and then drop a candy corn into each cup.
I do this at the beginning of the day so that we can observe it through out the day. Then I have them fill out an observation page in their Science journal. I continue to do this all week, so that they can compare each day to see the changes.
Candy Corn C’s
Need: A large copy of the letter C for each student. Elmer’s white glue, and Candy Corn.
Have the students first trace the letter with the glue. This is great fine motor. Then have them stick the candy corn on one at a time to make a Candy Corn train that follows the C. If you need a copy, I have one available with my unit printables on Teacher pay Teacher.com.
This activity could be extended to include tracing shapes and other letters. If you don’t want them to glue them on. You could also laminate a few letters and place them in the sensory bin with Corn and Candy Corn. Then after they found the Candy Corns they could trace the shapes or letters you provided in the sensory table.
LES( dissolving candy corn)
Need: Graphing Paper, and Markers.
This is another simple yet very effective way to help teach writing. An LES is simply a Learning Experience Story in which they can tell what happened, and watch you write it down on giant paper or construction paper.
I talk to myself as I do it so that they see what I’m thinking when writing.
For example, I am going to indent because this is the beginning of a paragraph. Now I am going to put a capitol letter because it is the beginning of a sentence. A sentence is one complete thought. I will now include a space. Finally, after you are done with the first sentence, “Now I am going to put a dot, also known as a period to finish my thought, or sentence.” This helps them to hear the parts of speech and see you writing left to right, and following correct punctuation, etc.
As a special thing, I used to put their names in a special color next to their sentences that they gave me. First, this help parents see what their students are contributing. Second, it helps me keep track of who has had a turn, to make sure everyone gets to contribute.
Julius’ Candy Corn by Kevin Henkes
Candy Corn: scratch n sniff by: Bea Sloboder.
Candy Corn by: Kelly Asbury
Count Candy Corn by: Ruth L Brugger
Field Trip to Candy Makers:
I was lucky when I was teaching, I was just across the border from Kenosha. Kenosha, Wisconsin, has an awesome place called the Jelly Belly Factory. It was a perfect place for little kids. It was a short tour, that ended with a bag of candy. The kids got to take a train ride and learn how candy was made. They even got to take home a cool hat. I highly recommend this. However, any candy store would be a great place to visit. I look for some place that makes their own candy, so that they can see the process, even if it is not Candy Corn. What kid wouldn’t be excited about visiting a Candy Store.
Why Candy Corn Came to be?
Need: a Computer hooked up to a smart board, or a t.v.
I watch the video on youtube, entitled Candy Corn Unwrapped. This is done by Food Network and is very information, yet short and too the point. Perfect for little learners. This could also replace a candy store field trip because it talks about how Candy Corn is made too. If you do not have time to go on a field trip during this week, I highly suggest this video.
Sharing, Please and Thank you
I would hope that this unit would be used in the fall around Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Although, it could be used any time. I feel like these are great times to practice Please and thank you. We want to remember to say Trick or treat “PLEASE”, and “THANK YOU” when we leave. Thanksgiving is also another time in which we say “PLEASE” pass the potatoes, or “THANK YOU” for passing me the turkey.
To help teach this I made up a game called, ” Please and Thank you Bop.” First I give each child 5 Candy Corn. Then we pass an item around the circle as fast as we can, but we have to remember to say Please and Thank you, if you forget, one of your Candy Corn gets taken away.
Need: Cash register, Signs for Candy Store and different Candies, with prices, fake money, and a display case or area. (Chocolate heart boxes, and Chocolate play dough are also amazing touches.) For suckers I use, Styrofoam balls connected to sticks with cellophane paper around them. Blocks with aluminum and paper wrappers. Jewels for hard candy.
For those of you who make Stews with your kids, it could be awesome to include a center where they can make up Candy Bags for customers by including the right number of Candies in each bag.
Candy Corn Jello
Need: Orange jello on the bottom, lemon jello in the middle, and whip cream on the top. You also need clear Cups. (Parent helpers are especially nice for this project.)
I start this in the morning, with having them help make the orange jello.
Later in the day after the first layer has cooled a while, I have them make the yellow jello and add that.
Finally, I let them squirt on the whipped cream to make the white topper.
Candy Corn Ring Toss
Need: Dollar Store orange cones, yellow and white spray paint, and small round pumpkins.
Prep: I spray paint the cones to look like Candy Corn. First I do the Yellow int he middle. Then I spray paint the tops white. If the colors blend together a little bit that is fine, because it looks even more like Candy Corn.
Cut the Centers out of the Cool whip Covers to create rings to use in the ring toss game.
I had some rings from another ring toss game that I used. However, as I was trying to come up with another idea, I thought that the cool whip covers would be the right size. However, you if you wanted it to be more challenging, you could also use the medal rings that come on the Large mason jars. They would work well as well.
Candy Corn tight rope Walk
I connect two of the candy corn cones, with orange electric tape. Then the kids have to tight rope across from one candy corn to the next. This is super fast and easy. It is great to alternate, by going side ways, backwards, and of course forwards.
Tracing Candy Corns
Tracing C for Candy Corn
Candy Corn and Pumpkin Hunt
I fill the Sensory Table with a bunch of Field Corn, then I add a bag of Candy Corn, and a bag of Candy pumpkins. Then bury them so that the kids can use scoops and sivs, to sort through the corn to find the Candy Corn. Obviously, please do not let them eat the candy corn after it has been in with the field corn. It is probably ok, but better safe than sorry.
Candy Corn and the Trinity
This is the Bible lesson where Jesus goes to see his cousin John the Baptist to be baptized. John points at him and says,”look the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” At first John refuses to baptize Jesus because he felt Jesus should be baptizing him instead. Jesus said I am doing my Fathers will. Jesus was baptized, and after God the Father spoke from the heavens, and the Holy Spirit came from heaven and landed on Jesus’ shoulder who is the Son of God.
Project: we make candy corn because like Candy Corn, the trinity is made up 3 persons in one God head, the candy corn is 3 colors one Candy Corn.
This unit could be used for thanksgiving, harvest, or Halloween. The only recommendation I have is do it during the fall when you can find candy corn and pumpkins. After a certain time those seem to disappear from the store shelves. This unit is kind of time sensitive, but a joy to use. I hope your kids enjoy it as much as mine. Any ideas you would like to add to my candy corn fun. I would love to hear some of your activites you’ve done. Thanks for visiting. I hope we have kicked off some new ideas for you.