Grow a Candy Cane

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Grow a candy cane this holiday, and delight your little one with the magic of the season!
My girls were in awe over this simple Christmas craft and can't wait to do it again.
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You can use sugar, soil, or "snow" to grow your candy cane.  You could also use Oreo crumbles or chocolate powder.  We already had planting soil on hand, so I opted to use that.  The soil also made the "growing" process more realistic to an inquisitive three-year-old.

HOW TO GROW A CANDY CANE

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Method
Rosie and Jewel began by filling their pots 1/3 of the way with potting soil.
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Then, we added the "magic" growing candy cane seeds.
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The girls filled their pots the rest of the way with soil and then excitedly watered their candy canes!
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Then, we set them in a sunny window.  
It was now time to wait.... 

Rosie and Jewel were so eager for their candies to grow that I thought, "Why not twist this into a lesson in patience?".
Instead of having the candy canes grow overnight I made it take a few days.  The girls checked on their candy canes about a million times and delighted in watering them.  After two days something started to grow.

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With the help of mommy a little candy cane stem had begun to sprout.  The girls were ecstatic!  

By day three the candy canes had fully grown!  I can not tell you how excited these little girls were to wake up in the morning and discover this!

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They were absolutely tickled!  They haven't stopped talking about it either, a magical holiday moment made!  Rosie has already asked if we can grow another candy cane.  I think that says it all.

Note: I used tiny pieces of a candy cane to sprout our canes on day two.  I left a tiny piece of the wrapper on the candy canes so that 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 or use chocolate powder or sugar.  
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