These paint chip candy canes were completely unplanned, and came about when one little Hooligan wanted to do some cutting yesterday. He grabbed the scissors, and I flipped through the paint chips, and what with it being Christmas-time and all, I picked out several red chips for him to practice his cutting skills on.
I’ve mentioned before that a stash of paint chips is a great addition to any kid’s craft room. Little ones love to practice cutting along the lines, which is great for developing fine motor and scissor skills, and we’ve used them in lots of different crafts and activities. Our paint chip mosaics were one of my favourite paint chip projects to date.
Back to yesterday: the little guy is cutting away, and red strips are falling, and a thought occurs to me! Paint Chip Candy Canes!
At one point, when I realized this spontaneous craft session might be “blog-worthy”, I said ”Hey, this is really cool! Let me grab my camera!”. I ran upstairs to grab it, and returned to find that someone else was apparently going to be doing some blogging as well.
Today we made the candy canes again with the whole group.
Off topic for a moment, I want to share with you that one of my most enthusiastic little crafters right now is this little guy. At the beginning of the season he did not have the patience for crafting. He just wanted finish as quickly as possible, and get back to playing.
In 3 short months, it’s a completely different story: He often asks to craft, and he’s gone from not knowing how to hold a pair of scissors to being one of the best “cutters” in the daycare. Remember, he asked to do some cutting yesterday, and that’s how the whole candy cane craft came about.