Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Grow a Candy Cane Activity {with FREE Printable}

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Here is a fun Christmas Activity for Kids. It works great to start out the season, as a gift your Elf on the Shelf brings, or as an inexpensive gift for friends.
Grow a Candy Cane Christmas Activity for Kids with Free Printable

Grow a Candy Cane Activity

The original idea for this super cute activity came from the very creative Wonder’s Days. We didn’t have an Elf on a Shelf when we planned this activity, so I tweaked it slightly.

I made seed packets, complete with instructions for the activity. My kiddos got one of these packages for our first advent activity.  I also gave some away as gifts to my niece, nephew, neighborhood friends, and Minnie’s BFF. They were such a great gift kids can make because they were are fun, creative, and inexpensive to make!!

Candy Cane Activity Supplies

Here is what you need:

  • fake snow
  • glitter/confetti
  • round peppermint candy
  • candy cane
  • small bags
  • {FREE} Printable Grow a Candy Cane (see below

Grow a Candy Cane activity Supplies Needed

How to Grow a Candy Cane

The recipient of the present will pick a pot, container, bowl, or whatever to plant in
Grow a Candy Cane Christmas Activity

Put the North Pole Potting Snow in the pot

Grow a Candy Cane Christmas Activity

Read the directions on the seed container & plant the seed in the potting snow

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Apply North Pole Fertilizer

Grow a Candy Cane Christmas Activity

and wait….magically (with Mom’s help) overnight the seed will grow into a candy cane!

Grow a Candy Cane Christmas Activity

Pretty cool, huh?! My kids though it was amazing! They are planning to try and leave the candy cane in the the ‘soil’ to see if it gets any bigger =-) I reminded them that plants only grow a certain height and then then they stop; but it doesn’t hurt to experiment!!

FREE Printable for Grow a Candy Cane Activity

Grow a Candy Cane Christmas Activity

Print and follow the directions on the free printable Grow a Candy Cane Activity and you will end up with: 

  • 1 bag of North Pole Potting Snow (fake snow)
  • 1 bag of North Pole Fertilizer (glitter/confetti)
  • 1 wrapped present for Mom from Santa (this is then candy cane with directions to swap out the round peppermint ‘seed’ with candy cane)
  • Magical Peppermint Seed Packet (round peppermint in seed packet with instructions for planting.

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  1. THIS is a wonderful idea!!! It reminds me a lot of the Lollipop Tree my mom made me when I was little based on the old Burl Ives song. Of course, it wasn't until 2nd or 3rd grade that gullible little me didn't realize it was fake :)

  2. Love this, Beth! The printable is so cute. Isn't it fun to see their reaction? We did gingerbread houses the other day and they wanted to know if the peppermints were magic or not. Thanks for the nice blog mention.
    Little Wonders' Days

  3. Cute!! Love the smile in that last picture!

  4. That is SUCH a cute idea! Love it! We will use it next year in our countdown for sure!

  5. That is great! I'll have to try that. Adelle would get such a kick out of it.

  6. Thanks for this great printout! I had to use it a little bit differently then you did but it was perfect for helping us deal with our elf on the shelf mishap


  7. Thanks for sharing the printables. I have happily downloaded and printed them.

  8. That is so wonderful! I would LOVE for you to come link this up in my new linky called Homescholing on the Cheap! It isn't just for people who homeschool but for ideas such as this that is cheap for kids to do and something with which they can learn & grow. This is perfect for the linky.

    It is new every Thursday but the link stays up all week. Hope you stop in and share!

    THanks, Kelli

  9. This is a really cute idea! Thanks for sharing - found you via live life intentionally :)

  10. SUCH a cute idea! I my girls would think this is GREAT! Thanks for linking up to Fun Stuff Fridays on Toys In The Dryer!

  11. Haha, this is such a cute idea.:) What fun to do with your kids.

  12. This is really a great idea! My son would love it.

    I hope you will link this post to my Christmas Traditions Link Up in the Other or Crafts category. It starts tomorrow!

  13. Fun idea! I bet your kids will remember it for a long time. Thanks for sharing at Monday Madness.

  14. How cute!!! I might just do this with my little guy on Christmas Eve. What a fun surprise to see a full grown candy cane on Christmas morning.

    Happy to have found your site through the TGIF Linky Party!

    Pamela @ Learn Mommy Learn

  15. Thanks for the cute printables. Our elf left my son some supplies to grow a Magic Peppermint seed. He loved it.


  16. Love this idea! We plant a magical jellybean on Easter Eve!

    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

  17. Beth,
    Thanks so much for sharing this. We used it yesterday. Boogs loved it!

  18. This is one of the most adorable activities!!!! I think I pinned this already but I will double check...Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday!! Hope you had a fantastic Holiday Season!

  19. what a cute idea-my kids will love this!!

  20. So fun! I love this idea & will be doing this with my son for sure! Thanks for sharing your cute idea!

  21. I can't get it to download...can you help me? Or if anyone else got it to download, would you email it to me? hyankovich1@gmail.com I've now downloaded 4shared.com & another program where this is but I can't get the pdf.

  22. Photosnappinmama -
    Thanks for catching that was one of the few remaining files I had on 4 shared. I just moved it to Google Docs. Link has been updated!

  23. My son would have loved this idea!

  24. What a cute idea! Trying to decide if my children are too old!Found you through #GoingGreen!

  25. This is such a cute idea!! My girls would go nuts over this! Thanks for sharing the free printables!

  26. This is a very cute idea! Thanks for including the free printable. :-)

  27. Had a twist to your candy canes with my little one...we got our growing a candy cane with letter from santa asking for help..also giving us planting soil (hot cocoa powdered sugar and cinnamon.) We added sprinkles each evening that magically changed colors each day with mini marshmallows and mini m&ms over 4 days with our candy canes fully grown a note from santa telling her hot chocolate was the magic ingredient that made her candy cane grow. She loved all the magical changes each day and the wonder of how her candy cane grew. Thanks so much for the post and printables. Love all your ideas.

    1. How FUN! I love how everyone can put their own little twist on projects!! Thanks for sharing =)

  28. It is adorable! I'm going to try it with my girls!