Candy Cane Misc. Ideas & Links
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.
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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.
Did you know that the end of December is the best time to purchase
Day and St. Patrick's Day candy? After the holidays, clearance
filled with red and green treats such as Hershey's Kisses and M&M candies.
up and use the red candy for Valentine's Day and green candy for St.
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
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
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
the mint family and was used in the Old Testament for purification and
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
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
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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I do not claim any of these as my own ideas.
They are shared from friends and fellow group
Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!