How to Make Popcorn for Kids

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Want to know how to make popcorn for kids? Want your kids to learn how to do it themselves? Check out our recipe to see how even a 3-year-old can make this tasty snack! Check out our full list of cooking recipes for kids, too.

We made popcorn on the stove top for the first time today. It was so fun to watch the kernels turn into popcorn. William, my 3-year-old was able to complete almost every step (with just a little help from me). Our favorite part was waiting for those first kernels to transform. It felt like it took ages, but when it finally happened, we were really excited.

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How to make popcorn for kids

Start by heating a bit of oil on the stove top with 2-3 popcorn kernels. 

Once the first kernels pop, add the rest of the popping corn and shake, shake, shake the pot. Make sure you have a lid on your pan!

The shaking is a bit of work, but well worth it to watch the corn pop.

Once the popcorn is finished, mix it up with melted butter and salt. Make sure to add a little bit of salt at a time. You can always add more but there is not much to do if you oversalt your popcorn!

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Enjoy your homemade popcorn as an afternoon treat or for movie night!

Stovetop Popcorn

Aileen Clark
Teach your kids how to make their own stovetop popcorn with this easy and fun tutorial.
4.50 from 2 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snack Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 90 kcal


  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 cup popping corn
  • salt and melted butter to taste


  • Coat a large skillet with the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Place three corn kernels in the pan and cover. Once the kernels pop, add the remainder of the popping corn. Cover and shake the pan until all of the corn pops.
  • Pour the cooked popcorn into a bowl and drizzle with melted butter and salt. Stir and enjoy.
  • Alternately, you can add cooked popcorn, butter, and salt to a paper lunch bag and let your kids shake it up. Then, they can eat it straight out of the bag.


Calories: 90kcal
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Our kids loved making popcorn on the stove. We hope yours do, too!

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  1. I have to say I find it a little irresponsible advocating a 4 year old help make popcorn. The AAP considers popcorn to be among the greatest choking hazards for CHILDREN UNDER 4, on par with hot dogs, whole grapes and some candy.

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  3. I haven’t cooked popcorn on the stove in years. My grandchildren would love seeing popcorn pop in a pan. Thanks for sharing. Please share your recipes on my Sunday’s Best Linkup. Starts every Saturday.

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  5. We LOVE popcorn on the stove. It’s so much better than the bagged kind! I love to make it for playdates for something new and fun!

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