Reading “The Popcorn Book” by Tomie dePaola and more popcorn action

The bloggers of the Virtual Book Club are celebrating the works of Tomie dePaola this month and so my class has been reading a few of his books including our most recently read book titled, “The Popcorn Book”….

“The Popcorn Book” by Tomie dePaola has two stories going on at one time.  One story is about two children going through the process of making a bowl of popcorn and the second story is about the history of popcorn….

I focused more on reading the story of the two children making popcorn and as we read along, we stopped along the way to take a picture walk on the history of popcorn…

Popcorn is such a wonderful resource to read about and explore in the classroom.  To extend our reading of “The Popcorn Book,”  we had popcorn for snack and we filled our sensory table with popped popcorn as well. We had lots of popped popcorn – just like the children in the story did…

Some of my students used the measuring cups and bowls to scoop and pour popcorn and many of my students also chose to  create their own popcorn sensory bottle to take home with them…

In addition to exploring popped popcorn, my students also explored unpopped popcorn…

At the discovery table, my student enjoyed exploring and picking off the kernels of corn from the corn cobs we set out…

Trying to get the corn to come off the cob took some figuring out for the children. They tried scissors and tweezers and their fingers and finally decided that the best way to get the corn seeds off the corncob was to start by breaking the cob in half…

Once the corn cobs were broken in half, the corn seeds were much easier to pluck off the cobs….

And as a fun addition to the reading of “The Popcorn Book” by Tomie dePaola, we also learned a little popcorn fingerplay which goes like this…

Five little popcorns sitting in a pot

One got hot and it went POP!

As the children count down from five to zero, they all jump up on the word “Pop!”

We end with…

No more popcorn sitting in the pot

They all got hot and they all went “POP!”

So this was our fun day of exploring “The Popcorn Book” and real popcorn in our outdoor classroom centers. Don’t go away – see the linky at the end of this post for more great Tomie dePaola books and activities!

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Up and coming authors that will be shared in the Virtual Book Club include the following…

  • November 19th- Tomie de Paola
  • December 17th- Jan Brett
  • January 21st-David McPhail
  • February 18th-Dr. Seuss
  • March 18th-Julia Donaldson
  • April 15th-David Shannon
  • May 20th-Leo Lionni
  • June 17th-Gail Gibbons
  • July 15th- Jez Alborough
  • August 19th-Donald Crews


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By |2012-11-25T06:00:26+00:00November 25th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Susan Case November 25, 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Such wonderful activities and Blog Hop. We had a dog once that loved popcorn. I’m sure there are many critters who enjoy the smell, taste and texture of popcorn – and it’s an inexpensive food for adults. This post is making me want to pop some now and sprinkle cheese on it. Yummm.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 25, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

      My dog loves popcorn – we have to keep her out of the bowl:)

  2. Bari November 25, 2012 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Lovely idea. Enjoyed reading this and seeing your
    Pics too. The finger play song is very sweet and
    Reminds me a little of five little pumpkins which
    The children adore. I was also writing to let you
    Know we have a song called “pop” which is
    Pretty popular with the children. They can
    Also dance and pop like popcorn during the chorus.
    But I was happy to see you incorporating your
    Music into this. I will try that finger play. Thanks!
    Best 🙂 bari

  3. mary November 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    We made popcorn for snacks. I placed a sheet in the middle of the floor, while the children sat on the edge of the sheet. We then talked about the unpopped corn as I turned the popper on, (without the top on the popper) and asked questions, what does it smell like?, can you hear it? Then to their complete surprise the popcorn started flying out of the popper. This was such a huge hit!!! The children would still be talking about it months later. I would warn the children not to touch the popcorn until the popper had stopped popping.

  4. Laura November 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    This is a great post! Our kids really love the “Popcorn” song by Greg and Steve. It has a great disco sound, and we get down and pop up during the chorus. I am usually out of breath and sweating by the time we are done! Now we have a book and activities to go with the song. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      Haha – I forgot all about the Greg and Steve version – now I have to remember that for next year (that is if I am up for working up a sweat too!:)

  5. Tara November 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    This is an adorable activity, but popcorn is a serious choking hazard for children under 5. I’m not sure how old your students are, so perhaps they are old enough for it. I’m not trying to be a downer (love your site), or a nervous nellie, just want to offer this information as a precaution.

  6. Jackie Higgins November 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I love your popcorn bin! My boys would love playing in that. They would probably eat the popcorn but maybe they’d play for a little bit 😉 I’m going to try it!

  7. LaQuetha December 3, 2012 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I did this activity last Friday with the kids in my class. It was a huge it. I also added popcorn at the art table with droppers and food coloring. It was a lot fun and we topped it off by eating popcorn. Thank you so much for such a fun activity.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 3, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Yay! I am so glad you stopped by to share your fun with me!

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