Bubble Wrap Indian Corn

bubble-wrap-painted-indian-cornI love this craft because it adds a twist to our usual painting methods.  Painting on the bubble wrap is a fun sensory experience all by itself with an added bonus of looking like Indian corn when you are done!

For this project, you will need:

  • Bubble wrap
  • White or yellow paper
  • Corn Cob template (optional)
  • Washable paint (I used orange, yellow, brown, and white)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Brown paper for the husks
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape


Before I invited the kids to paint, I prepared our craft by tracing corn cob shapes onto our paper.  (I always do this first but it can easily be done after the paint has dried if you prefer.)  I cut pieces of bubble wrap slightly larger than the corn cob papers and taped them bubble-side-up to our craft table.  When I first introduced bubble wrap painting, we spent some time exploring the bubble wrap before bringing out the paint.  Since B and G are experienced with bubble wrap crafts, they jumped right into painting this time.

I let them paint freely with an occasional reminder to cover all the bubbles with paint.  Once they were satisfied with their paintings, I helped them lay the corn cob papers (blank side down) onto their bubble wrap and showed them how to press down gently so the paint would transfer.

We let the paint dry during nap time before cutting out our cobs.  B wanted to do most of the cutting himself and I was happy for him to have an opportunity to practice scissor skills.  (G was sleeping so I cut hers out this time).  We cut out some simple leaf shapes from brown construction paper and glued them onto the back of the cobs.

This Indian corn craft provided a fun sensory experience, fine motor skills cutting practice, and made a lovely addition to our Thanksgiving decor.

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