Something Fun…Popcorn Earth Balls

The girls and I found a fun project to do together…Earth Popcorn balls. I was writing a Sunday School lesson and came across this little blessing, in the book “Food Fun Devotions for Children’s Ministry” by Dennis & Lana McLaughlin. The lesson is on Creation, but you could make these popcorn balls for a homeschool geography, astronomy, or a Bible lesson!

We only had a short time to try making the snack, so we didn’t do the blue and green food coloring and model an earth. I’m kind of glad that we didn’t, though, because I think we’ll adapt the project and make a pop-corn ball solar system for a homeschool project! I’m thinking you could also roll the sticky balls in decorating sugar to give them color (a sparkly yellow sun comes to mind).

At any rate, this was just too fun not to share! I’ll post the homeschool project later, but if you’re like us you may be experiencing some cabin fever at your house, and it’s always great to fight that with a fun project!

You’ll Need:
2/3 cups of popcorn (or two packages of microwave popcorn…we like the plain since it’s not greasy)
Cooking Oil Spray
1 10 oz package marshmallows, or 4 cups of mini marshmallows.
1/4 cup butter
food coloring (or decorating sugar)

You’ll Do:
Did you know you can pop popcorn in the microwave…in a lunch bag?!? This was just about the most exciting discovery we’ve made all month. Just get a brown paper lunch bag, put in 1/3 a cup of popcorn, turn down the open part of the bag several times, and pop for 2 to 3 minutes (listen carefully for the popping to slow down, because it burns fast!). It works like a charm! Popcorn with no additives, in minutes! Or if you’re using the store-bought microwave popcorn, just follow the directions on the bag. Spray a large bowl with the cooking oil spray, put the popped corn in the prepared bowl. Melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave, for two minutes…check and stir after one minute. For Earth Balls, prepare a separate bowl and put 1/3 of the popped corn in the other bowl. Separate 1/3 of the melted marshmallow mixture into a different bowl and mix a few drops of green food coloring in it. Pour the green mixture into the bowl with the smaller amount of popcorn and stir well, until the popcorn is coated. Repeat this with the other popcorn, but mix blue food color into the marshmallows. Have your kids spray their hands with the cooking spray, and use a globe or pictures of the earth to help them model their “worlds” with the blue and green popcorn.

Fun! I’m sorry I don’t have any colorful “world” pictures to show you…but we’ll post again when we do our little Milky Way project. I hope you get to try it…at the very least, the popcorn balls make an easy and fun snack! And, they’re Gluten Free, of course ;o)

3 thoughts on “Something Fun…Popcorn Earth Balls

  • January 29, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I used to love when Fall came and people made popcorn balls to hand out on Halloween and at autumn parties.

  • January 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Me too! When my mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I said “Remember those popcorn balls you used to make when we were little?” The next time she came over, she brought me some! Yummy molasses goodness.

    What a fun together project! Can’t wait to see the planets.


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