Torn Paper Candy Corn
Build fine motor skills with this sweet treat of an activity! Ripping small construction paper squares is a great way to build dexterity, and it provides unique sensory stimulation. Gluing the pieces together onto another sheet of paper will help with categorizing and color recognition as well.
Set Up Ideas
For a little inspiration, share a little candy corn snack! Candy corn can sometimes be found in different colors. If possible, bring some in and review the different color combinations.
Let’s Get Started
For this activity, you may work with construction paper or foam sheets. Whichever you use, you'll need sheets in black, orange, yellow and white. If using foam sheets, you may find that cutting shapes with scissors works better than ripping. You'll also need glue to adhere the various colors to the black sheet.
Rip a sheet of white construction paper into small squares, roughly an inch wide, but varying in size and shape.
Repeat step 1 using a sheet of yellow construction paper and a sheet of orange construction paper. Keep the different colors of paper separate
With a white crayon, draw the outline of a piece of candy corn. The shape should resemble a cone with rounded edges.
Glue the ripped pieces of construction paper inside the drawn shape with yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle and white pieces on top.
Candy corn is one of the most popular treats around this time of year. Discuss what other treats children enjoy receiving at Halloween. You'll probably hear a lot about candy, so now might be a good time to suggest some healthy alternatives to sugary sweets.
Tips and Tricks
Candy corn can now be found in a variety of colors, so feel free to let children experiment with their own unique color combinations.
For an alternative approach, try cutting foam sheets rather than ripping construction paper.
Follow up Activity
Share a healthy snack with the children that can serve as an alternative to sugary sweets like candy corn. With a few additions, you can turn fresh fruits and vegetables into Halloween-themed treats.