The Candy Cane poem is a great way to share the birth of Jesus with little kids!
Look at the Candy Cane, what do you see?
Stripes that are red like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior Who's sinless and pure!
"J" is for Jesus My Lord, that's for sure!
Turn it around and a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd was born for Me!
The Legend of the Candy Cane
To introduce this poem and activities you may want to read The Candy Maker's Gift: The Legend of the Candy Cane by Helen Haidle.
There are other candy-cane stories with similar plots.
Printables are free for family use or with an active ABCJesusLovesMe License.
Salt-Dough Candy Canes
Using a salt dough recipe, make J's or candy canes with a cookie cutter or roll small amounts of dough into candy-cane shapes. Use a straw to make a hole for tying a ribbon. Paint red lines on the candy cane. Air dry for 24 hours turning one or twice to reduce curling. Tie a bell and the Candy Cane poem to the candy cane with ribbon. Give as gifts.
Warning: Children under the age of three should not participate in activities in which small pieces are involved.
Candy Cane Hunt
Just like an Easter Egg hunt, hide candy canes outside or in a large area for a child to find.