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The Letter P Popcorn Balls
Grade Level(s): K
By: Amy, Kindergarten Teacher

To learn about the letter P and things that start with the letter P.


Ingredients for Popcorn Balls :
  • 16 Cups popcorn
  • 1 pound chocolate coated candies
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 1 package (1 pound ) of marshmallows
  • measuring cup
  • medium size saucepan
  • large mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • baking sheet
  • hot plate


  1. Read the book listed above.
  2. Go through the book page by page talking about each picture. Talk about how the letter p is the first letter of the word popcorn. What sound do they hear? Do they hear the sound anywhere else in the word.
  3. For a treat, make popcorn balls with the kids.
  4. Melt oil and butter in saucepan over medium heat on the hot plate.
  5. Add marshmallows and stir with wooden spoon until completely melted. (We sometimes count the marshmallows - this helps with participation. I do not let the children come up and stir because of the hot plate)
  6. In large mixing bowl, pour melted marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix well to combine.
  7. Add the candies (which are optional).
  8. Using a large spoon or your hands, scoop out 1 cup portions of the popcorn mixture onto baking sheet.
  9. Let cool.
  10. I also have used waxed paper and given the children their own cup portions on the wax paper to mold into whatever kind of creature they choose.


See the next lesson: Letter P - Popcorn Book: Growing Popcorn

Related Pages:

The Letter P - Growing Popcorn ( K )
Learn about things that start with the letter P and grow a popcorn plant from a kernel.


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