I posted this back in September, but thought about it again as I was getting my ducks in a row for this coming week. Our elf, Nicholas, comes to stay with us the weekend after Thanksgiving and stays until Santa picks him up on Christmas eve. This year I heard he was bringing magic peppermints that will grow big swirly candy canes.
Around Easter, I remember seeing a few posts for planting "magic" jelly beans and the next day they grew big swirly lollipops. I think this is such a cute idea and it got me thinking what else could we "grow". I thought it would be fun to have the kids plant magic peppermints in magic north pole dirt (aka fake snow) and have giant candy canes grow.
I think our elf, Nicholas, may bring this gift when he arrives shortly after Thanksgiving. He always leaves a letter for the kids, so he can include the "planting" instructions then.
I had one of those clear paint cans in my stash, so I filled it with fake snow. Then added a small cellophane bag with three peppermint candies labeled "Magic North Pole Seeds". Then another bag with some red glitter labeled "Magic North Pole Elf Dust".
Then using some ribbon, scrapbook paper, and punches I decorated the outside of the can.
Imagine how magical it would be for a kid to be able to grow his own candy cane out of magic candies from his North Pole elf?!