As the decorations around the house are changing, there is one item that makes an interesting science experiment: Ornamental Corn.
Corn is a domesticated grass. Corn is not found in the wild, but was developed from a wild grass called teosinte and grown by American natives. They planted it and made various corn dishes including corn bread, corn pudding, corn soup, and fried corn cakes. Voyagers traveling to and from the “new world” brought corn back to Europe.
Native Americans in North America introduced corn to early settlers, and saved them from starvation by trading with them, and taught them how to plant, and cultivate corn using fish for fertilizer. WOW!
Modern Ornamental Corn can be examined by the students. Take it apart to see the individual hard kernels. Soak the husks in water and fashion a doll. The bare cob is rough and could be used to wash things.
Soak a piece of the corn in water and watch it sprout. Chart its growth.
Ask the children what they think it needs to survive. This activity is a good one to use when teaching children how to journal. Write down what happens each day!