Looking for an easy activity to setup for kids while you’re busy with a task? Do you have candy canes on hand? For this activity, that is about all you will need! With a few minutes in the oven, kids can shape melted candy canes into shapes they desire.
- Candy canes (a variety is more fun)
- Cookie sheet/parchment paper
- Optional: sticks, pencils, chopsticks to handle the hot candy canes when out of the oven
Set the oven to 250 degrees. Unwrap the candy canes, place them on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Set timer for 10 minutes.
When taken out, candy canes should look slightly puffy but holding their shape. We found it depended on the candy cane as to how much they melted, so we recommend trying a variety (and for fun experiment sake too – does one do better than another?)
While the candy canes are warm, bend them into shapes. We twisted ours, made one into a heart. We discovered the more time that lapsed the harder the candy cane would become and they would not bend (they would snap!)
If you have an abundance of candy canes, this is a perfect activity to do experiments with!
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Photos & content by: Heather Kucenski