Friday, November 13, 2009
Have you ever plucked dried corn kernels from the cob? My four year old has been very industrious since last night... plucking row after row of corn. It was the first thing she wanted to do when she woke up. It's one of my favorite November projects for young children. The extraction of each little piece is thoughtful and meditative. It also strengthens the muscles in little early writing fingers. Sort them, count them, collage them... you get the idea. We buy decorative corn from a farmer nearby. Being surrounded by cornfields has some advantages. You can also buy it at most supermarkets, pre-Thanksgiving.
My daughter thinks of them as jewels... and they most certainly are. As soon as she's done with the plucking, we'll soak the kernels in water over night. Then (with a little help from mom , a sturdy needle and thimble) she'll string them into harvest jewelry. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!