In the craziness of the last week of school before Christmas break, I brought out the pipe cleaners and beads. This is one of those tried-and-true activities that my preschool students love. They work their fine motor skills, create, and have a blast while doing so. This time, I added a little twist to create a candy cane craft with the kids’ names.
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What we did
During centers one day, I set out colorful pony beads, letter beads, and white pipe cleaners. I sat down at the center with the kiddos and started to make my name as a candy cane ornament. Watching me do so led to a variety of children wanting to make their own, of course!
We ended up with a variety of candy cane names by the end of the day! Some were done as patterns, alternating between letter beads and colored beads. Others were strings of random letters, while still others were made just of the letters in the kids’ names. No matter how they turned out, though, the kiddos had a blast with this easy candy cane craft.
I was so entertained with the idea that I made a name candy cane ornament for each of the children in my class. Of course, with the hustle and bustle of the last week of school, they didn’t make it home with the kiddos! Hopefully they’ll still like the name candy canes when they come back from break.
Other ways to play and create
Children can, of course, just use the beads and pipe cleaners to create candy cane ornaments however they see fit! They can also make patterns with the colorful beads, create name ornaments for family and friends, and sort the beads by color. Basically, the sky’s the limit with this easy peasy candy cane craft! Lots of fun and learning with some very simple materials.
Have you ever made a name candy cane craft before? If so, how did you and the kids make it?
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