Make a collection of paper candy canes to decorate your house, hang on your tree, or feed to some reindeer.
What You’ll Need:
- White paper
- Crayons, colored pencils, bingo bottles with paint (any decorating medium that dries quickly)
Step 1 – Decorate the paper
Cover the paper with color. Use markers, crayons, whatever you choose—just make sure to get lots of color on the paper. If you’re using a messier medium like paint, you might require some extra drying time, so you might have to do the next step tomorrow.
*Tips for Parents: Younger children may make a few marks on the paper and be finished. Encourage these kids to use their bodies to make big marks that cover the whole paper. Talk about movements. Can you move the marker quickly? Slowly? How many lines can you make? Older children (age 2 and up) may have fun drawing patterns. Model how to draw a line (we often make up little songs or rhymes—“Start at the top, and fall to the bottom”). Draw another line next to that one. Keep on going. Or draw a curvy line with lots and lots of squiggles. Color inside the random shapes made by the squiggles.
Step 2 – Roll the paper
Flip the paper over on the table so the patterned side is facing down. You’ll use a marker to roll up the paper into about a 1” tube. Place the marker diagonally across one corner and begin rolling. Secure the end with tape.
*Tips for Parents: Little ones may need help with this step. Encourage them to use a flat hand and feel how the paper rolls under their hand. Give them a little help by holding the tube tight while your child uses his or her hand to roll it.
Step 3 – Shake out the marker
Shake the tube until the marker comes out.
*Tips for parents: Don’t neglect this step—this is one of the most enjoyable parts of this project for some kids! Shake, shake, shake until the marker comes out. If the tube is rolled too tightly, you might have trouble getting the marker out. Encourage your child to try different methods until he or she finds a solution.
Step 4 – Make the candy cane curve
Place the marker perpendicular to the candy cane at the very top end. Flatten and roll the paper tube around the marker. Remove the marker and shape the curve to make a candy cane. Make a bouquet of candy canes and place it in a bucket for your holiday dinner centerpiece.
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