Another Sensory Activity – Popcorn Kernels! Shiny, cool, and smooth, popcorn kernels are the perfect item to use for a sensory activity. We basically did the same thing as the water beads – talked about what they looked liked and felt like (language), pretend play (imaginary cooking), and counting. Â We picked them up one by one, as well using a spoon to scoop when counting (fine motor skills.) Activities like this can get a little messy, but itâ€™s always worth it and fun to watch them explore, play, and pretend with new items.
I got Penny involved, plunging her hands into the kernels, she loved the cool and smooth sensation. Overall a success, and easy to do, this will definitely be a go-to for us. Â
Where to Buy Popcorn Kernels?
Well, they are pretty easy to find, I buy mine just from our local Vons, but you can get them at the grocery store or Amazon.
You can purchase kernels in bulk – if your feeling really ambitious you can do a whole sensory binÂ
SAFETY NOTE: Popcorn kernels are safe for touching and playing ONLY. Do not let your child eat. Supervise very closely.
To avoid a mess I recommend setting up outside where you don’t mind kernels being spread out or set up of on a large sheet for easy cleanup.
Set out a few bowls and spoons, and other utensils to stir and scoop the popcorn kernels in and out of. Â
Simple Sensory Play and Exploration
To start off, simply just enjoy plunging your hands into the bowl of popcorn kernels.
Talk about what they look like, what colors you see, how they feel – cool, smooth, dry, soft…(language skills)
Pick up and count the popcorn kernels, drop them into other cups or other bowls. (fine motor skills, math skills)
Scoop and pour the kernels in and out of bowls. (fine motor skills)
Sit back and let your child enjoy the soothing sensation of the kernels, allowing them to explore, play, and pretend. (As previously noted, keep a close eye on them as they play “alone”)