In this art activity, your toddler paints a Kwanzaa place mat with a corn cob.
Corn is a traditional part of the Kwanzaa celebration. Fresh corn is difficult (or impossible) to get at this time of year, so use a dried corncob for this activity.
- Flat box (the kind a 24-pack of soda comes in) or large baking pan
- Red, green, and black liquid tempera paint
- Flat container for paint (big enough to fit the corn)
- Corncob (husk removed)
- Clear contact paper (optional)
- Place a sheet of paper in the flat box or baking pan.
- Pour the liquid tempera paint into a shallow, flat container.
- Place one whole corncob into the paint. Roll the corncob around so that it is completely covered with paint.
- Place the paint-covered corncob in the box with the paper and let your child rotate the box around so that the corncob rolls from side to side.
- If you like, use another corncob in a different color paint and repeat the rolling process until your child decides he is done.
- Let the painting dry.
- If you like, cover with clear contact paper and use as a Kwanzaa place mat.
- For variety, use only red and green paint on a piece of black construction paper.