If you aren’t Chronically Online™ like some of us, you may not have seen the absolute best video of all time:
Or its song remake, which plays in my head at least 17 hours a day:
The original video and the song have gone WILDLY viral on Tiktok over the past month, inspiring a whole universe of trends and remixes and so much fun, even crossing into other forms of media. I’d be shocked if your youth and staff who are on social media haven’t seen at least one piece of corn-related content!
Viral trends can be a great opportunity to connect high-yield activities or on-the-spot fun to something positive happening in culture. And turns out there’s a lot you can do with corn! Here are some of my favorite ideas for corntastic activities.
Arts & craft activities are an immediate idea go-to. This link says preschool but ignore that, corn mosaics can work for any age. Youth can create more complex patterns and shapes the older they are. Consider showing some mosaics from the Mitchell Corn Palace, one of America’s best random attractions. 🙂
I also love this beaded corn cob craft. Show youth the incredible variety different breeds of corn can display before they make their versions.
Teens who are interested in creating videos can use either of the corn video sounds to make their own Tiktok! Consider making it a more in-depth project with components like storyboarding and editing by using activities from the Filmmaker badge on MyFuture. Make a Mobile Movie seems like an ideal fit.
These two spouting STEM activities teach youth about how seeds grow. I love the version using the full Indian Corn cob, but the kernel version is great too.
The fall season means candy corn is widely available in stores. Here are a couple of STEM activities using that sweet treat (even though it doesn’t have the juice (reference to the video if you didn’t watch it lol)). (Wow parenthetical WITHIN a parenthetical we are reaching NEW HEIGHTS!)
This blogger used pumpkins but regular candy corn would work too.
And finally, I love a Culinary program, so always like to include some recipes you could make with youth. Corn is a great base ingredient because it is widely available, inexpensive, and filling, and can demonstrate using one food item in a ton of ways.
Elote is obviously the first thing that came to mind! Also called Mexican Street Corn, it is so good and fresh.
These fritters look delicious and highlight a few different cooking skills. Just be careful when working with hot oil.
Flavored popcorn is fun and easy, and could serve as a fundraising opportunity for say Keystone or other group. They could make batches to sell to Club youth during a special event, or at community functions.