I don't know about you, but my kids get given soo many candy canes leading up to Christmas but don't actually eat many- thank goodness. At school we have been doing some fun candy cane inspired activities that are very simple and festive.
Candy Cane Wrapping Paper
This actually looks very simple but was quite a tricky for the 3 year olds. They needed to start at the top of the page and paint a stripe from the left hand corner to the right. ( An important pre-writing / pre-reading activity ) They then had to complete the pattern of red, white, red all down the page.
Candy Cane Playdough
Once you have made up one batch of playdough you need to divide it into two and add red colouring to one half. At this stage it is also a great idea to add a few drops of peppermint essence so the playdough smells just like a real candy cane. I then gave the children a ball of both red and white playdough and they began by rolling two sausage shapes and attempted to twist them together. This activity promoted fine motor development and reinforced the fact that by mixing red and white you can make PINK!
Candy Cane Fine Motor Activity
At the light table this week I put out different length pipe cleaners and encouraged the children to twist them together to form candy canes which made simple but very cute tree decorations.
All these candy cane activities and we didn't eat one!!