Grow a Candy Cane

Grow a candy cane this holiday and delight your little ones with the magic of the season.  My girls were in awe over this simple bit of MAGIC.

How to Grow a Candy Cane
HOW TO GROW A CANDY CANE - simple holiday magic for kids
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HOW TO GROW A CANDY CANE

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Rosie has been very fascinated with how things grow, and we already had planting soil on hand, so I opted to use that.  The soil also made the growing more realistic to an inquisitive three year old.  You could also use fake snow to grow your candy cane   Rosie and Jewel began by filling their pots 1/3 of the way with dirt

HOW TO GROW A CANDY CANE - simple holiday magic for kids


Then it was time to add the "magic" growing candy cane seeds

HOW TO GROW A CANDY CANE - simple holiday magic for kids

The girls filled their pots the rest of the way with soil, and then excitedly watered their candy canes

HOW TO GROW A CANDY CANE - simple holiday magic for kids

Then we set them in a sunny window.  Then it was time to wait.  Rosie and Jewel were so eager for their candies to grow that I thought this would make a fantastic lesson in patience.  Instead of letting the candy canes grow in full overnight we made it take a few days.  The girls checked on their candy canes about a million times a day and delighted in watering them.  After two days something started to grow

HOW TO GROW A CANDY CANE - simple holiday magic for kids

With the help of mommy a little candy cane stem had begun to bud.  The girls were ecstatic!  By day three the candy canes had fully grown.  I can not tell you how excited these two little girls were to wake up in the morning and discover this!

HOW TO GROW A CANDY CANE - simple holiday magic for kids

This was such a fun and magical activity and one we will definitely be doing again and again.  Rosie already asked if we could grow another candy cane.  I said of course, maybe a little closer to Christmas.  

Note: I left a tiny piece of the wrapper on the candy canes so I could stick them in the dirt without getting dirty.  Then I took the pots into the kitchen to "uproot" them and magically got rid of the wrapper without the girls seeing.   You could just as easily rinse the dirt off.  I used tiny pieces of a candy cane to sprout our canes on day two.
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