Flint corn (also known as Indian corn) has a rich autumnal history. Indian corn has multi-colored kernels which are starchy when cooked, and not as sweet as the corn we are used to eating. Today, flint corn kernels are ground into flour, used in dishes like hominy, ground into cornmeal for humans and animals, and used for popping. In early American History, the Pilgrims would not have survived had the Native Americans not taught them how to grow corn as it could be stored for food throughout the hard winters. Share a bit of the history of Indian corn and learn through play with some fun Indian corn activities and crafts designed just for your own preschoolers.

Indian corn activities for preschoolers

Indian Corn Activities and Crafts for Preschoolers

We’ve gathered some of the best Indian Corn Activities and Crafts for preschoolers to help YOU find hands-on fall learning for your own kids in the classroom, in home preschool, or in childcare. Our thanks to the many teachers, early childhood bloggers, and others who shared their great Indian corn suggestions with us.

Indian Corn Paper Mosaic Crafts

Indian Corn Paper Crafts for Preschoolers

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Indian Corn Paper Mosaic Craft Materials:

  • One free printable Indian corn template – download and print below.
  • Scissors – (for preschoolers, Fiskars brand is, by far, our choice in scissors – see why here.)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Brown or White Construction Paper (for the corn)

Indian Corn Paper Mosaic Craft Directions:

Indian Corn Craft for Kids


  • Download and print the Indian corn template above – one per student or child.
  • Preschoolers can cut the colored squares from the template, and then cut smaller square shapes from each of the 3 colors – red, gold, and orange (for younger kids, the smaller squares can be cut prior to the activity).
  • Cut the green corn husks from the template and set aside.
  • Draw a large oval on the brown or white construction paper and cut the shape out (one oval for each child or student). It doesn’t have to be a perfect oval. Kids can draw their own and cut out, if desired.
  • Preschoolers should cover the construction paper oval with glue, and then press various colored squares onto the corn.
  • Glue the green leaves (husks) to the sides of the corn to complete the Indian Corn Paper Mosaics.
Indian Corn Craft for Kids

The Indian corn paper mosaic crafts make FUN fall displays at home, in the classroom, or in childcare.

More Corn Activities, Arts, and Crafts for Preschoolers

Flint Corn (Indian Corn) Activities, Arts and Crafts for Preschoolers

We invite you to try some of the amazing Indian corn activities, arts and crafts with your own preschoolers this fall.

10 Ways to use Indian Corn for Autumn Learning from Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids

Thanksgiving Paper Towel Indian Corn Craft from Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

Corn is Maize Yarn Craft from 3 Dinosaurs

Handprint and Footprint Indian Corn Craft from Meaningful Mama

How to Dye Corn Kernels PLUS a Rainbow Sensory Bin from Fun-A-Day

Indian Corn Magnets and Thanksgiving Games from Crafty Moms Share

Thanksgiving Art: Corn Mosaics from Fun-A-Day

Painting with Corn Cobs for Gorgeous Indian Corn Process Art from Natural Beach Living

Fine Motor Activities for 2’s and 3’s – Tweezing Corn from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Indian Corn Crafts and Activities (with a FREE Printable) from Still Playing School

All about corn in preschool

Your Preschoolers will also LOVE learning about the corn life cycle with free sequencing cards! Check out the many books on corn to read, too.

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