Candy Cane Activities



With cold weather finally sounding like it is headed our way, I am always asked for suggestions on how to keep our little ones busy with fun activities. I found some fun tasks that involve Candy Canes which everyone sees a lot of around the Holiday season.

I call it Fun With Candy Canes!


First start out by bringing home some Candy canes and examining them.

  • Show the kids a candy cane.
  • Have them describe what they see.
  • Noticed the stripes, the colors, the shape, and how it looks like a letter J upside-down, and like a shepherd’s staff right-side-up.
  • Let the kids eat a piece of the candy cane and describe the taste.

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  • Print a blank candy cane on a sheet of white paper and then pour a small amount of red paint onto a paper plate.
  • Give the kids a Q-tip or paint brush and let them add red stripes to their candy cane.

Candy-CanesMake a Candy Cane Bead Ornament

  • Set out a bowl of red plastic beads and a bowl of white plastic beads.
  • Get a pile of red or white pipe cleaners
  • String one bead and twist at the bottom (to keep the other beads from sliding off.)
  • Talk to the kids about the pattern on candy canes … red, white, red, white.
  • Ask them to string a pattern of beads on their pipe cleaner to make a candy cane.
  • Twist the last bead and have the kids bend their ornament into a candy cane shape.
  • Hang on the tree!

Candy Cane Playdough

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  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring

Heat the oil in a pot. Remove from the heat and add *food coloring and water. Stir in all other ingredients. Continue to cook over low heat until mixture is firm, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat, and set clay mixture on wax paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.

(*Add peppermint extract, red food coloring and glitter to the warmed water and oil (before adding the dry ingredients) to make it extra special.)

  • Make a batch of red and a batch of white playdough.
  • Give the kids a small ball of each color.
  • Show them how to make a long, skinny snake with each color, then twist them together to make a candy cane.

NOTE: Little hands will smell like candy canes when you are finished!

Thanks to the following websites for these great activities!

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