Corn Art Project

Fall is a great time to do arts and crafts projects with your kids! This Indian corn art project is easy and can be made with paint and a wine cork. It’s perfect for preschoolers and makes a great fall craft.

Your kids will love this fun project that celebrates the autumn season. The finished product is colorful and festive, perfect for hanging up in your home.

Get started on this fun fall project today by following the step-by-step tutorial below!

What is Indian Corn?

Indian corn is a type of maize that is grown in the Americas. It is also sometimes called “flint corn” or “calico corn.”

Indian corn has a hard, flinty kernel and comes in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, blue, purple, and red.

The kernels are arranged in rows on the cob and are used for both decoration and food.

What does Indian corn taste like?

The kernels of Indian corn are smaller and harder than those of sweet corn. They have a nutty flavor that is similar to popcorn.

Indian corn can be eaten raw, roasted, or ground into flour.

Are there other colors of Indian corn?

Yes, there are many other colors of Indian corn. In addition to the traditional white, yellow, and blue varieties, you can also find purple, red, and black corn.

Recommended Corn Books for Kids

There are a variety of children’s books that explore the topic of corn. Each book has its own unique way of teaching kids about this versatile vegetable.

They will learn about how to make Indian corn, what it tastes like, and why it is such an important part of autumn harvest celebrations.

After reading one or more of these books, your preschooler will be ready to make their own corn art project.

From Kernel to Corn – How does a corn seed become corn on the cob? Follow each step in nature’s cycle―from planting to picking and eating―in this fascinating book!

Corn – Find out everything about this versatile and important grain—its history as a crop, the four main types, and how we grow and use it to make everything from food to paper to medicine!

Corn is Maize – Aliki tells the story of how Native American farmers thousands of years ago found and nourished a wild grass plant and made corn an important part of their lives. They learned the best ways to grow and store and use its fat yellow kernels. And then they shared this knowledge with the new settlers of America.

Corn Activities for Preschoolers

Get this printable corn-themed footprint keepsake template for another fun fall art project. Or, make a simple corn suncatcher to hang in the window throughout the fall months.

Corn Art Project Supplies

  • paints in autumn colors such as red, orange, yellow, green, and brown
  • a paper plate
  • a cork
  • paper

Indian Corn Art Project

Pour a quarter-sized dab of paint on a paper plate or in a plastic paint palette. Kids can use all of the fall colors or just a few. Let them use their creativity to decide.

Using a cork, begin to shape the green husk of the corn cob. To make it easy for little ones, you can draw a simple U shape on the paper for them to follow.

Now, ask your preschoolers to begin stamping, using one color at a time, to fill in the ear of corn. Let them use whichever colors they want in any combination they choose.

Allow the art project to dry completely before hanging it up for display.

Corn Art Project

Corn Art Project

This autumn project is perfect for kids of all ages. It's simple enough for preschoolers to do, but older kids will enjoy it too.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • paint for kids
  • wine cork
  • paper plate
  • craft paper


    1. Pour a quarter size dab of paint in each color
    onto a paper plate.

    2. Using a cork, begin to shape the green husk of
    the corn. To make it easy for little ones, you could ask them to stamp the shape of a U onto the paper.

    3. Now, ask the artists to begin stamping, using one color at a time, to fill in the ear of corn. Ask your artist to use each color several times.

    4. Allow to dry and display.

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