These candy cane name ornaments are some of the tried-and-true Christmas activities for preschoolers that my students love.
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In the craziness of the last week of school before Christmas break, I have often brought out the pipe cleaners and beads.
The children 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.
How to Make Candy Cane Name Ornaments
I absolutely love when we try something new in preschool and it is a success. What about you?
These candy cane name ornaments definitely qualify as a success. If we base this on the sheer number of beaded candy cane names that were made by my preschoolers!
Materials to Make Candy Cane Names
I know the traditional candy cane ornaments are red and white, but I included beads of various colors for the kids to choose from.
You can, of course, keep things super simple with your students if you prefer!
Here are the items we used:
Directions to Make Name Candy Cane Christmas Ornaments
Place the materials out in a tray or small bowls.
If you’re using a long table, I suggest having multiple sets of materials. This way, all of the children can reach what they need.
Show the children how to design their name candy cane ornaments on the table before using the pipe cleaners.
If needed, bring your students’ name cards over so they can ensure they’re spelling their names correctly.
This will allow them to make any changes before threading the beads.
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Once the students like how their candy canes are designed, you can have them grab a pipe cleaner each.
First, you’ll need to help the children bend over the edge of the pipe cleaner to prevent beads slipping off.
Then you can show the kids how to add the beads to the pipe cleaners.
Once all of the beads have been added, have the kids bend the opposite end of the pipe cleaner over. Again, this helps to prevent the beads from falling off the pipe cleaner.
Candy Cane Name Craft Video Tutorial
Here’s a look at how to make the candy cane names, as well as two other beaded name ornaments:
What My Students Did
During center time, I set out colorful pony beads, letter beads, and white pipe cleaners.
Then I sat down at the center with the kiddos and started to make my name as a candy cane ornament.
As per usual, the children came to see what I was up to.
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 name ornaments by the end of the day!
Some were done as patterns, alternating between letter beads and colored beads. We had a great discussion about what patterns are, how the letters have to be in the correct order to spell our names, and our favorite colors.
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.
Learning with the Candy Cane Bead Craft
It’s up to you to decide how you want to treat these candy cane names.
Do you want the children to choose how they make the ornaments? Or would you prefer that the candy canes focused on a concept like name spelling or patterns?
The sky’s the limit here, really. Here are some of the ways the children can create their own beaded candy canes:
- Using a random assortment of pony beads and/or letter beads
- Making patterns using the colorful pony beads
- Making their names with the letter beads
- Create patterns with both the colorful pony beads and the letter beads
- Making candy cane name ornaments for their friends and family members
- Sorting the pony beads by color and creating candy cane ornaments using just one color (they can make their names this way too)
Have you ever made candy cane name ornaments? If so, leave me a comment to tell me how did you and the kids made it!