‘Tis the season for homemade gifts kids can make and there is certainly no shortage of people who are on your list. Why not incorporate a bit of leaning into gift making this season with a fun science lesson! This activity melts peppermint candy together in cookie cutters to make candy cane ornaments! This is an easy activity for young hands with items you may already have in your kitchen.
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Cookie cutters
- Round peppermint candies
- Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place cookie cutters on parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray (this part is important – it helps for the ornaments to come out without breaking!)
Place candies inside each cookie cutter – they don’t have to be totally full.
Bake for 10-15 minutes but watch carefully because timing depends upon the cutters you are using.
Let cool a few minutes before punching holes if you wish to use as an ornament. Be sure to do this before they become hard. Also, make a bigger hole than you expect you will need – the holes will fill a bit as they harden, like ours did. It was not big enough, then, to insert a string to hang once they were hard without breaking them.
Hang on your tree or for decoration!
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Photos & content by: Heather Kucenski