Tweezing Indian Corn

Picking kernels of corn off the cob is challenging and rewarding. It works small hand muscles and develops finger strength


Child they able to control the tweezers enough to get the kernels out




  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Eye-hand coordination


  • Indian corn
  • Tweezers
  • Small cup or bowl

Control of Error

Make sure to supervise at all times, watching that the kernels are not put in mouths.


Guides the development of children’s fine and gross motor skills​


Introduce new corn vocabulary words, such as “kernel”, “husk”, and “silk” using the Indian corn as a model.

Show the student how to safely use the tweezers to remove the kernels. Encourage them to try it on their own


Tweezing Indian 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.


Child enjoy observing is the attention span growing and motivation to clean off a cob. Immediately, when realizing the kernels were not easy to remove, they looked for tools to use so we also have “clippers” or tweezers for use in the bin, but most used their fingers to pick at the corn.

Place corn on a tray along with tweezers and a small cup for the loose kernels.

Explain that they are going to use tweezers to pull each kernel off the cobb, placing it in the dish.It might take awhile to get the hang of using the tweezers, depending if they’ve ever used them before.

Once they do, give them time to remove as many kernels as they’d like.


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.


Necklaces can be made from the tweezed corn by soaking the kernels in water for a few hours and stringing with a needle and thread.