These sweet ornaments are always a hit with parents and very simple to create! Take a holiday picture of each student. Print the pictures out on card stock or heavy, stiff paper. If you are unable to print the pictures directly onto heavy paper, print them on photo paper and then glue them onto heavier paper. The paper needs to be thick and stiff enough to hold the candy canes.
Give each student their holiday picture and have them glue 2 candy canes in the shape of a heart around their face. I do a demonstration of this beforehand so they know where to put the glue and how much to use.
After the glue dries, use scissors or an exacto knife to trim the excess picture around the candy canes. Attach a loop made of ribbon on the back.
Students can sign their name and write the year on the back if you wish. And there you have it! An adorable parent Christmas gift!
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This idea reviews patterns and makes a sweet holiday classroom display! Candy canes are a festive and fun way to review patterns with students. Give each student 2 candy cane patterns (one with the “hook” facing right and one with the “hook” facing left). You can use blank ones or ones with lines for younger students. I couldn’t find a blank candy cane pattern so I used a bubble font letter J for a pattern. Have the students color each candy cane in a pattern. I give the students the freedom to choose any colors they wish as long as they make a pattern. Some choose to use 2 colors, some choose to use 4 colors, some make both of their candy canes the same, others make each one different.
Glue a picture of each student in the middle of a green heart cut out shape (to make the heart pattern, I put 2 of the candy canes together to form a heart and traced around them). Have the students glue their candy canes onto their heart to form a heart shaped frame.
Hang the candy cane hearts on a bulletin board entitled “Have a SWEET holiday”. I used a candy cane font I found on dafont.com.
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