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Beaded Candy Canes

15 Minutes: 2 and up: Holiday
Holiday Winter Christmas Crreative Craft Activity

Beaded Candy Canes

Holiday Winter Christmas Crreative Craft Activity
An Activity for Preschoolers:

These beaded candy canes are a treat to make!

Before You Begin:

To make these festive candy canes, all you'll need are pipe cleaners along with white, green and red pony beads.

Activity Goals:

To build fine motor and counting skills with a festive beading activity
To practice sorting and sequencing.

Furthermore:

To practice more complex sequencing, have children use 16 white beads, 8 of a second color and 8 of a third color. Challenge children to alternate between bead colors and continue using the same pattern throughout their candy cane.


Let's Get Started

STEP 1

Have each child count out 32 beads: 16 in white and 16 in another color such as green or red. This is a great opportunity for the children to practice counting and sorting.

STEP 2

Form a ball at one end of the pipe cleaners to keep the beads from falling off as they are added.

STEP 3

Begin stringing the pony beads onto the pipe cleaners in the desired sequence.

STEP 4

When finished, form another ball at the other end and bend the pipe cleaner into the shape of a cane.

STEP 5

Tie a piece of yarn to the top for an easy-to-hang ornament.

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