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Candy Cane

(Photo by Michelle Whary

Give the children candy canes and
 let them create letters using them.



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Good Behavior Candy Canes

Draw a large simple candy cane on poster board (with 4 white stripes and 3 red stripes). 
Color in the red stripes.  On the top white stripe, write... sticker, lollipop, and toy.  On the
second white stripe, write sticker and lollipop. Finally on the third white stripe, write only
 the word... sticker.  Then write each child's name on a separate clothespin.  At the
beginning of the week, clip all the children's clothespins to the bottom section of the
candy cane.... where it's just a blank white stripe.  Each time you see a child exhibiting
 good behavior, move his clothespin up to the next reward stripe.  At the end of the
 week, reward students whose clothespins are in the three labeled spaces with the specified
 treats;  stickers, lollipops, or inexpensive treats such as pencils or party favor toys. 

~ OR ~

Post a large white candy cane cutout.  Draw the lines on the candy cane but don't color
 them in just yet. Each time a child shows kindness, invite him/her to color a section
 of the candy cane.  After all the sections have been colored, celebrate with a special treat.


Candy Cane Gift Bag Decoration

Decorate a paper lunch bag. Fold over the top and hole
 punch 2 holes through it to slide a candy cane through.


Clearance Candy

Did you know that the end of December is the best time to purchase Valentine's
 Day and St. Patrick's Day candy? After the holidays,  clearance shelves are
 filled with red and green treats such as Hershey's Kisses and M&M candies. Stock
 up and use the red candy for Valentine's Day and green candy for St. Patrick's Day.


Candy Cane Story

"A long time ago, a candy maker in Indiana made the Christmas candy cane to tell the real Christmas
 story. He chose pure white candy for the virgin birth and to remind us that Jesus is sinless. He made
 the candy hard so it would remind us that all God's promises are solid and true. The candy maker made
 the candy in the shape of a "J" to remind us of Jesus' name. Then the candy maker added stripes.
Real candy canes have three small stripes for the blood Jesus shed for us before he went to the
 cross and a big stripe for the blood Jesus shed on the cross so we could have eternal life."

You can hand this story out attached to candy canes in your neighborhood while caroling.


Legend of the Candy Cane

According to the legend, there was a candy maker who wanted to invent
 a candy that was a witness to Christ. The result was the candy cane.

First of all he used a hard candy because Christ is the Rock of all ages.

This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble either a "J" for Jesus or a shepherd's staff.

He made it white to represent the Purity of Christ.

Finally a red stripe was added to represent the blood of Christ shed for the sins of the world and
three thinner stripes for the stripes He received on our behalf when the Roman soldiers whipped Him.

Sometimes a green stripe is added as a reminder that Jesus is a Gift from God.
 The flavor of the candy is peppermint which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is in
 the mint family and was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice.
Jesus is the Pure Lamb of God come to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

So the next time you see a candy cane, hear the Sermon it preaches: Jesus Christ,
 the Good Shepherd, is the Rock of all Ages who suffered and died for our sins


Letter J Candy Cane

Give each child a sheet of paper labeled with a large J.  Encourage each child to trace the letter
 with his/her finger and say the letter's name.  Have the child trim strips of red and white paper into
 small squares and then glue the squares to the letter J in an AB pattern.  When each child is finished,
 have children  turn their paper upside down to see how the completed project resembles a candy cane.


Candy Cane Crayons

Remove the wrappers from old red and white crayons and place them in a disposable aluminum pan.
 Then heat the pan in a 250 degree oven.  When the crayons are melted, remove the pan from the
oven and pour the wax into candy cane molds (found at craft stores).  When the wax is hard,
simply pop out the candy cane crayons.  If you heat the wax to long, the red and white will
 mix to much and you will end up with pink candy canes instead of red and white swirled.


Peppermint Present

This peppermint candy makes a great gift!  Place peppermint candy inside zippered plastic baggies.
  Have the children use wooden blocks to pound the peppermint candy while it's in the bags.
 Melt vanilla candy coating in a microwave or crock pot.  Pour the melted coating onto waxed
 paper, then have the children sprinkle the crushed peppermint over the top.  Allow the candy to
 cool and harden before breaking it into small pieces.  Divide the pieces among plastic bags or gift bags.





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