Remember when your child started their first year of kindergarten? You’re so idealistic about volunteering for this, and getting involved in that. Actually I wasn’t, I was more realistic than idealistic. I knew being a working, travelling parent I wasn’t going to be able to commit to much. But the one event I was sure to sign up for, during a week I knew I would be in town for, was my daughter’s VIP week. (This post contains affiliate links)
It’s the week all about them. They get to make a poster about themselves, sing a song about their favorite things, and have someone special come to class with them on Friday. My daughter’s VIP week was in the beginning of December. Perfect for doing a fun holiday craft with the kids on Friday!
My sister in law had actually come up with the idea for candy cane reindeer for another event, but when my daughter and I were trying to think of something for her VIP week, she fell in love with the idea. I managed to find all the materials very readily at Joann Fabrics, but now that I know what to get I would probably just order it all on Amazon.
After acquiring the materials, we did a few test runs at home before trying it at school. It went very well, and my five year old was able to assemble them no problem. I WILL say that helping 23 five and six year olds finish the craft in 15 minutes was a little intense, but everyone managed to go home happy with a fully assembled reindeer.
How to Make a Candy Cane Reindeer Craft
Here’s what you’ll need:
(Maybe a glass of Holiday Cheer for mom/dad as well)
First you’ll want to cut the pipe cleaners in half.
Then take some of the halves, and cut them into thirds, this is for the sticky outy parts of the antlers (yes that’s a technical term).
Now twist the halved pipe cleaner around the crook of the candy cane.
Then take the smaller pieces, and wrap one around each antler.
Now stick the googly eyes on the candy cane. Heads up, peeling the back off of the eyes was a little tough for some of the kiddos to do on their own.
Then put a big old dollop of tacky glue towards the end of the candy cane, and stick a red pom pom on it. The glue will squish out but it will dry clear. It takes a little longer to dry, but you’ll want to make sure and use a healthy amount of glue. I didn’t use enough the first time and the nose came off quickly even after drying.
Aren’t they cute?
The kids had so much fun that day, I’m so glad I was able to go. Our Christmas Tree is now filled with cute little candy cane reindeer