Paint Chip Candy Canes – easy Christmas craft and cutting exercise for toddlers and preschoolers…
These paint chip candy canes were completely unplanned, and came about when one of our preschoolers wanted to work on his scissor skills yesterday. He grabbed the scissors, and I sifted through our supply of paint chip sample cards, looking for Christmas colours.
I’ve mentioned before that a stash of paint chips is a great addition to any craft room. They can help young children develop their scissor skills. They provide an opportunity to talk about colours, and they’re handy for crafting with! Check out our gorgeous paint chip mosaics to see what I mean.
Back to yesterday: the little guy is cutting away, and red strips are falling, and a thought occurs to me! Paint Chip Candy Canes!
Our candy canes turned out so cute, we’ve been making them all week!
Supplies for paint chip candy canes:
- paint chip sample cards (just ask at your local hardware/paint & paper store)
- white cardboard (or you can paint a cereal box white)
- glue stick
The hooligans cut their paint chips into strips, and glued them to their candy canes.
A child who didn’t like to do crafts:
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 regularly 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. He also proudly exclaims, when he’s finished his work “I’m a real little CRAFTER!”. He’s really proud of his creations, and I’m so thrilled to think that he’s found his creative side in his short time with us.
Here are our finished paint chip candy canes. Depending on the size of yours, you can turn it into a tree ornament or a decoraton for your front door.
We glued magnets (recycled fridge magnets from various businesses) to the back of ours, and the Hooligans took them home to put on their fridges.