To help parents and teachers adjust to distance learning, Texas Corn Producers (TCP) has gathered a variety of fun and easy educational experiments and activities to incorporate into home classrooms.
Educating youth in agriculture is a fundamental pillar of the structure of the TCP mission. To do this, TCP has supplemented classrooms around the state with materials and activities to ensure students are armed with correct facts that they will hopefully use when purchasing goods as a consumer. Now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and teachers are getting creative in incorporating activities into their new normal to keep students educated and entertained.
At TexasCorn.org there are free at-home resources to do with your learner. Turn your kitchen into a laboratory and your living room into an art space with these activities:
- Corn husk doll: A traditional DIY corn husk activity.
- Corn putty: Play with it like clay, and then watch it turn to liquid again.
- Corny experiment: Determine the effects of water on the popping ability of corn.
- Growing your own corn: Start your operation with this activity.
- Corn plastic: Bring the laboratory to your own kitchen and make corn plastic.
- Popcorn necklace: Make a statement with something fun and edible.
- Corn word puzzle: Get your pencil ready for this corny crossword puzzle.
- Maize maze: Help the pig get to his dinner.
Incorporating these materials into your home classroom can be fun and easy, as most of the needed resources to complete the lessons can be found without having to leave the safety of your home.
TCP Education Director Hannah Dast said these activities can be tailored to your learner’s experience and supplies around your home.
“Our Educational Resources page on the website has great stand-alone activities and experiments, as well as links to other resources, for all ages that require little equipment or preparation,” Dast said. “It’s perfect for parents and teachers while students are at home!”
TCP’s educational resources, as well as its complete elementary curriculum, are available online to help produce and progress a well-educated and ag literate youth.