While popcorn is popping on the apricot trees, we are eager pop as well. I love to get out the ancient popcorn popping machine and pop corn from scratch.
When I did this activity for my Kindergarten students, they didn’t know what this machine was. I grew up on real popped popcorn, so I forget that we live in an age where the microwave is king. We eat lots of microwave popcorn too, but my kids think it’s the most fun when we pop it ourselves.
We watch the corn kernels get poured in and how they whir around. We see it start to form as it gets hotter inside, and out it POPS into the bowl. (Remember not to touch the hot kernels that go flying.) Sometimes we will sing “Popcorn Popping” until it starts to pop.
We melt some butter and spread it around the fresh popcorn, then sprinkle a little salt to taste. We fill up our popcorn boxes and start to eat the goods. I suggest purchasing a popcorn popper from almost any store for usually under $20. It makes delicious popcorn and is a fun activity for the kids.