Our candy cane day started with finding some magic North Pole seeds that our Elf, Nicholas, left on the table. The kids remembered getting these last year, but couldn't remember what grew, lol!
They quickly went to work planting and fertilizing the magic peppermint seed and set their bags on the mantel. They ran to check them every so often through out the day.
It was the first thing they checked the next morning and they were over the moon excited to find candy canes growing.
I made a batch of candy cane play dough (standard recipe with peppermint extract added) and set out construction paper Christmas trees, rolling pins, and some cookie cutters for them to play with. It smelled wonderful and they really loved playing with it.
Sassyfras made ornamnets to decorate her tree and Juiciness made cookies.
Sassyfras and Juiciness sequenced some red and white paper strips and then turned them into a paper chain for the Christmas tree.
Little J measured the chain for us and then decide whether it was longer or shorter than different things in the house...icluding all of us.
We were really bad and made chocolate mint ice cream with crushed candy cane pieces. Boy was this good! We used the chocolate ice cream recipe here and then added peppermint extract (instead of vanilla) a little at a time. In the end we added almost 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract.