A number of autumn activities are only appropriate before or on Halloween. Montessori teacher Andrea Coventry has ideas for two Montessori practical life activities using flint corn (Indian corn) that are fun and effective throughout the fall season.
Scrubbing Flint Corn
Practical life activities provide benefits far beyond the eye-hand coordination your preschooler gains. Setting out materials in an orderly fashion, following a sequence of steps in completing the activity, concentrating on the activity, and cleaning up and putting the materials away are important in helping your child develop a sense of order and the ability to concentrate for increasingly longer periods. In addition, there’s the important sense of pride and independence children gain as they learn new skills.
UPDATE: Andrea’s original article is no longer available.
Tweezing Flint Corn
Tweezing flint corn is especially helpful in developing coordination and control of movement. Again, there are many other skills besides coordination your child will develop through the activity.
Note: if your child finds it too difficult to use tweezers yet, it’s fine for your child to use his or her fingers to pick the kernels of corn out of the cob. Using tweezers can be an extension for a later stage of development.