Colorful Corn Ring Toss

Colorful Corn Ring Toss lesson plan

Want to review spelling words, math facts, or science vocabulary? This ring-toss game adapts to almost any curriculum area-and it's fun to make and play!

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    Do you want to review science vocabulary, spelling words, or math facts? Make a game to help students remember! The game described here is for math and has a fall theme. It can be adapted to any theme and for any school subject. Students work in groups to create the game and play with classmates.

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    On construction paper, use Crayola® Colored Pencils to draw at least three large ears of corn, including the husk. Draw at least three large rings on cardboard. Make sure rings are wide enough to fit over the ears of corn. Cut out the rings with Crayola Scissors.

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    Cover the area with recycled newspaper. Place several colors of Crayola Washable Finger Paint on a foam tray or paper plate. Mix the paint to get the Indian corn colors you like. Students press their thumb into the paint. Make thumbprint kernels on the ears of corn. Scatter the colors around so there is space for other colors. Rinse off before using another color. Repeat until corn cob is filled with colorful kernels. Wash hands.

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    Paint three cardboard paper towel tubes, three rings, and the outside of a shallow cardboard box. Air dry. Paint the other side of the rings and air dry.

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    Fill in the corn husk using Crayola Washable Tempera. Air dry.

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    Paint a large numeral (or word) in the center of each corn cob. Air dry.

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    Cut out corn cobs. With Crayola School Glue, attach one ear of corn to each cardboard tube. With the painted side of the cardboard box turned up, glue on each ear of corn. Leave space for the rings to fall between each ear. Air dry.

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    Students make up the rules to the game and write them down on paper. Ready, set, and play Colorful Corn Ring Toss!


  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Students can use this home-made game as a study technique for any academic area.
  • What is Indian corn? Why does it have so many interesting colors? Students research the history of Indian corn and prepare an electronic presentation for classmates to view.
  • Using the game format, students build a toss game out of items associated to a season or topic, such as snow sculptures in winter and tulips in spring.