Do you know that popcorn has its own website? That is right, popcorn. The site is called www.popcorn.org. My kids and I had so much fun reading through the funky and interesting facts about popcorn. October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, which makes a great time to learn all about popcorn in your homeschool – and of course, pop some popcorn.
My eldest daughter is the best; she is the apple of my eye. Yet, there is one thing about her I will never understand. She hates popcorn! What is wrong with her, right? I have been trying to figure this out for years. I guess we can’t please everyone, but “popcorn?” How can one not like popcorn?
If your kiddos are like my young ones (not the eldest) who love all types of popcorn, then they’ll enjoy celebrating National Popcorn Poppin’ Month.
What do I love the very most about popcorn? It’s that compared to other snack foods, popcorn just so happens to be low in calories. If you air-pop popcorn, it has only 30 calories per cup. When you oil-pop popcorn, it is still only 35 calories per cup (we like to use coconut oil to make it more healthy!).
I mean, can it get any better than that? I love chocolate covered popcorn as well, but I figure they cancel each other out. Isn’t that how it works? Maybe not :-).
Did you know that, according to popcorn.org, Americans consume over 14 billion quarts of popcorn per year? Popcorn is a whole grain and good-for-you treat. It is a type of maize (or corn), and a member of the grass family. These aren’t the only cool facts about popcorn.
Here are some facts about popcorn that you never knew you needed to know:
- The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall.
- Popping popcorn is one of the #1 uses for microwave ovens; that is why most microwave ovens have a “popcorn” control button.
- Popcorn usually comes in two different shapes, either snowflake or mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks as it pops bigger than the mushroom shape. The mushroom-shaped popcorn is used for candy since it doesn’t crumble
- According to Guinness World Records 2015, the world’s most massive popcorn ball was created in 2013 and weighed in at 6,510-pounds, 8 feet in diameter. Wowzers!
- Popcorn is available as non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and is naturally low in fat (and calories, of course).
- Popcorn is budget-friendly, as it costs as little as 15 cents per quart.
Grab these printable resources all about popcorn for National Popcorn Poppin’ Month:
Coloring Sheets & Activities & Popcorn Games |Popcorn.org
Power Pops poster! | Popcorn.org
Popcorn Worksheets (Language Arts, Reading, and Math)| Popcorn.org
FREE Popcorn Counting Printable For Preschoolers | Raising Whasians
Kindergarten Pre-Primer Sight Words: Popcorn Word Printables & Game! | Curriculum Castle
Rewarding Children for Their Efforts: FREE Popcorn Themed Reward Chart | Only Passionate Curiosity
Popcorn math printable | Simple at Home
Popcorn Letter Reversal Worksheets | 123Homeschool4Me
Popcorn Counting Mats 1-30 | KookyKinders
Math Counting Mat | Kids Small Planet
Pop Measure – Let’s Weigh & Compare Popcorn! | From the Pond
Popping Popcorn: Chemical or Physical Change? Problem-Based Learning Activity | Rebecca’s Resources
Popcorn Words Activity Pack | Crayon Box Classroom
Popcorn Word Activity | Making Learning Fun
Popcorn Blends Match-up | A Dab of Glue will Do
Mean, Median, And Mode: Popcorn Ativity| The Primary Gal
Popcorn Word Families | Playdough to Plato
FREE Printable: Corn vs. Popcorn Graph | A Little Pinch of Perfect
My Five Senses and Popcorn- Preschool Observation Mini Book Printable | I Heart Crafty Things
Popping into Summer! (List of FREE awesome popcorn printables) | The Curriculum Corner
Syllables Popcorn Sorting Activity | Totschooling
BONUS POPCORN FUN!
Popcorn Slime Recipe with Contact Solution | Natural Beach Living
Popcorn and Salt Science Experiment | Awe-Filled Homemaker
Shark Party Printable Popcorn Holder | Creating Creatives
Mermaid Popcorn Holder with FREE Printable | Creating Creatives
Popcorn Recipes Just for Kids | Popcorn.org
Science Fair Projects with Popcorn | Popcorn.org
Popcorn and Salt Science Experiment | Awe-Filled Homemaker
Rainbow Party Popcorn | Diary of a SoCal Mama
Alien Popcorn Balls | Sonshine Mama
Your kids will enjoy these books all about popcorn:
Tomie dePaola’s The Popcorn Book (40th Anniversary Edition)PopcornPopcorn! (Charlesbridge)Popcorn (First Step Nonfiction _ Changing Forms)Pete the PopcornThe Popcorn PrincessPopcorn!: 100 Sweet and Savory RecipesPopcorn Country: The Story of America’s Favorite SnackPopcorn (Green Light Readers Level 1)The Popcorn Book
Who says learning has to be dull? Incorporating things your children love (like popcorn) in your homeschool learning experience can make learning fun for them. Start some learning and yummy fun with these popcorn resources to help celebrate National Popcorn Poppin’ Month.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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