Inside: Work on counting skills with this Five Little Candy Canes activity. Fun for toddler and preschool circle time!
If you’ve been following Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds for awhile, you know how I love to use circle time to build skills.
Last week I shared my Christmas bells counting printable, where I displayed them on my flannel board while singing bell counting songs.
Whenever I can use visuals during circle time, I do.
Visuals grab young children’s attention, encouraging them to participate.
I talk about this in my most popular video, The Secrets to a Successful Circle Time.
When I found the song Five Candy Canes, I knew I had to not only share it with my toddlers and preschoolers, but make visuals to go along with the song.
This candy cane printable is a fun (and easy!) way to work on counting during the Christmas theme.
Five Little Candy Canes Activity for Circle Time
Music is a very important part of our toddler and preschool circle times.
Perhaps this is because I personally love music. While I didn’t inherit my sister Lauri’s vocal talent (oh, how I wish!), I love to sing with my students.
Before I became a teacher, I was very self-conscious of my voice.
Once I was in the classroom, I put that fear aside.
I even sing in front of parents, on stage! My younger self would have gasped at that.
So if you feel your voice doesn’t qualify for singing in the classroom, stop.
When I am planning for the week, I love to search for songs that we can use during circle time.
I keep them organized in a Spotify playlist, so I can pull out my phone and find what I need quickly.
Oh, wondering what my December playlist is?
Here you go:
While searching Spotify, I found the song Five Candy Canes by The Kiboomers.
I knew this would be fun for one of our December circle times.
And I knew that I had to create a visual, so… I did!
What You Will Need for this Candy Canes Activity
Five Candy Canes FREE Printable (Scroll Down Towards Bottom of This Page for Link)
Five Candy Canes Song
First, cut out the tree and place velcro on the back.
Then, place five velcro squares on the tree where the candy canes will go.
Cut out each candy cane and attach velcro to the back so that they will stick to the velcro on the tree.
Here’s an example from my 5 Little Pumpkins Jumping on the Bed prop:
Remember to use the hook side for the tree and the loop side to the backs of each candy cane, or the other way around. You do not want to use the same type of velcro (all loops or all hooks) or they won’t stick together.
The Circle Time Activity
Have your flannel board at your circle time area.
Stick the tree to the flannel board.
Invite the children to help you count each candy cane as you place it on the flannel board.
As you sing the Five Little Candy Canes song, you will count down from five to one, removing a candy cane each time.
Eventually all the candy canes will be removed from the tree.
Extending the Candy Cane Theme
Art: Paint candy canes with jingle bells.
Fine Motor: Press cotton balls onto paper to make cotton wool candy canes. (Crafts on Sea)
Playdough: Mix up a batch of peppermint scented playdough. (The Best Ideas for Kids)
Sensory: Explore the five senses with candy cane sensory tubes. (Teach Preschool)
Math: Work on patterns with this free candy cane printable. (This Reading Mama)
Literacy: Decorate candy cane letters with a free printable. (Kindergarten Connection)
Science: Grab a bag of candy canes, a bowl of warm water, and you’re ready to make candy cane stripes disappear. (Playdough to Plato)
More to Read
Christmas Learning Printables!
Keep your toddlers and preschoolers engaged with these Christmas Themed learning printables!
9 Activities (39 pages):
- Gingerbread Shapes Activity
- Gingerbread Count and Clip
- Gingerbread Pom Pom Color Matching
- Gingerbread Pattern Cards
- Ornament Counting 1-10
- Gingerbread Circle Time Props
- Gingerbread Color Recognition Activity
- Christmas Tree Playdough Mats 1-10
- Snowman Hat Matching Activity