Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Candy Cane Activity Day, Advent Day 3

magic candy canes

Our candy cane day started with finding some magic North Pole seeds that our Elf, Nicholas, left on the table.  The kids remembered getting these last year, but couldn't remember what grew, lol! 

grow magic candy canes

They quickly went to work planting and fertilizing the magic peppermint seed and set their bags on the mantel.  They ran to check them every so often through out the day. 

grow magic candy canes

It was the first thing they checked the next morning and they were over the moon excited to find candy canes growing.
candy cane play dough activities

I made a batch of candy cane play dough (standard recipe with peppermint extract added) and set out construction paper Christmas trees,  rolling pins, and some cookie cutters for them to play with.  It smelled wonderful and they really loved playing with it.

candy cane play dough activities

Sassyfras made ornamnets to decorate her tree and Juiciness made cookies.

christmas math activities for preschoolers

Sassyfras and Juiciness sequenced some red and white paper strips and then turned them into a paper chain for the Christmas tree.

christmas math activities for preschoolers

christmas math activities for preschoolers

Little J measured the chain for us and then decide whether it was longer or shorter than different things in the house...icluding all of us.

christmas ice cream recipe

We were really bad and made chocolate mint ice cream with crushed candy cane pieces.  Boy was this good!  We used the chocolate ice cream recipe here and then added peppermint extract (instead of vanilla) a little at a time.  In the end we added almost 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract.

chocolate candy cane ice cream recipe


Christy Killoran said...

So much fun. Your elf is so cute.

Sherri said...

I love all the candy cane fun!

Ticia said...

I totally forgot about growing candy canes! I need to remember to do this.

Amanda said...

What fun! We are having a candy-cane playdate next week. I may have to make up these "seeds and fertilizer bags" as a take-home gift for parents to make. I love the imagination =)

Anonymous said...

What a fun day!! Love the ice cream and the play dough!! :-)

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com said...

So cute! What a magical little surprise!


Heather J. said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling said...

What fun ideas! I love candy canes :)

Stopped by from Show and Tell.


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Sweet... In every sense of the word :)

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

I love all the crafty fun & how you took it one step further & added some learning with measuring - awesome!
Beth (TGIF)

Deb Chitwood said...

Wow! You have SO MANY amazing Christmas activities! I had to add them to one of my posts, but it took me awhile to figure out where to put them! I added your Christmas posts and the photo of your candy cane playdough activity to my December 2011 Family Activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/11/29/december-2011-family-activities/

Deb Chitwood said...

I had fun revisiting your post, Kelly! I featured your post and candy cane playdough photo at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/11/26/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-christmas-playdough-activities/