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Candy Canes are everywhere. They are used as decorations on Christmas trees and are one of the most popular of all Christmas treats. I have heard several stories about the history and meaning of the candy cane. I don't know if they are true, but I do think that the candy cane can teach us a few things about the true meaning of Christmas. And while we are at it, I've added a lot of Christmas Party game ideas you can play with Candy Canes as well. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Object Lesson - Candy Cane Christmaswww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Candy Canes are everywhere. They are used as decorations on Christmas trees and are one of the most popular of all Christmas treats. I have heard several stories about the history and meaning of the candy cane. I dont know if they are true, but I do think that the candy cane can teach us a few things about the true meaning of Christmas. And while we are at it, Ive added a lot of Christmas Party game ideas you can play with Candy Canes as wellwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

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Games using Candy Canes

Candy Cane Connection Youll need miniature size candy canes broken in half. Use this game to break your group up into pairs as a mixer. Mix up the halves of the candy canes and hand them out to participants. When everyone has arrived, have participants try to find the other half of their candy canes!www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Kissing Candy Canes Divide the participants into two teams. Give each team five small candy canes. On signal, the team members pass their canes to the end of the line (one at a time) and back again using toothpicks stuck in their mouths.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt Each youth is given a piece of paper and a pencil and asked to find X number of candy canes around the room. Youll need to hide each candy cane around the room some should be easy to find and some more difficult. The person to be the first to find them all and correctly list the locations wins.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Candy Cane Conveyor (adapted from Minute-to Win_It) You will need Christmas ribbon and Candy Canes. Tie 30 feet of ribbon into a loop and place each player inside of it at their waist to form a conveyor belt. One player must place one candy at a time on the conveyor belt and they must spin in unison to convey the candy cane towards the other player who then picks it up and places into a basket or holding area. Once the candy cane is removed by the second player the first player starts the cycle again. The first team to successfully transfer 3 candy canes wins.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Candy Cane Face Off Place a small candy cane on the forehead of each participant. Instruct the participants to move the candy cane down their face to their mouth using only their facial muscles and head movements. The first person to eat the candy cane wins.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Candy-Cane Fencing Give each youth a wrapped candy cane; the thicker the candy cane, the better. One person from each team battles a dueling partner from the other team, fencing with the candy canes. The first person with a broken candy cane loses the battle; the winner goes on to another round. The winner is the one who makes it through the most rounds without breaking his or her cane. Encourage the youth to keep the blows limited to the canes, rather than hitting one another with the candy canes.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Candy Cane Handshake Relay Line up a group of players into two straight lines. Give the first player three canes (Normal size, not the mini ones). Youth cannot hold the Candy Canes in the palms of their hands. They need to be stuck between their fingers one between the index and middle finger, one between the middle finger and ring finger, and one between ring finger and the pinkie! The players must pass the candy canes into the next players hand, in the same position, without using their thumbs or any other hand. Youll need some extra candy canes as there will be some which are dropped and broken.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Candy Cane Hockey Youll need miniature size candy canes, candy goal markers, and a candy hockey puck. Make a goal at each end of a table using markers attached to the table. These markers can be a piece of candy or even candy canes stuck to the table with some blue tack adhesive. Make the goal posts about 4 inches apart. Use a jelly bean for a hockey puck. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

(It moves but doesnt roll off the table to easily) Using the candy canes as hockey sticks try to shoot the jelly bean through the net of the opponent. The opponent is allowed to block the shots, but only with the candy canes. If at any time a body part touches the bean or your opponent, its an instant disqualification. The first to a set number of points wins. You can also determine the winner by who has the most points after a predetermined amount of time.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

Candy Cane Horseshoes Candy canes and a stick. Be sure the candy canes are wrapped in plastic as they are almost guaranteed to break into a number of small pieces during game play. For indoor games you can either drive a nail into a flat piece of wood or turn a table or stool over and use one of the legs as the post. In the manner of playing horseshoes, the objective is to take turns to toss the candy cane at an upright stick. Place a stick vertically somewhere in the ground. Then participants take turns throwing candy canes (underhand) at it. A game is divided into rounds and each round constitutes the pitching of two candy canes by each contestant. In each round, the one with the highest score goes first. The objective of the game is to get your candy cane closest.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com

A candy cane must be within six (6) inches of the stake to score. A candy cane that first strikes the ground outside the target area or rebounds from behind the stake cannot be scored, nor can any candy cane thrown from an invalid position. A ringer (3 points) is a candy cane that encircles the stake so that a straight edge could touch the two prongs without touching the stake. The closest cane from each pair scores 1 point. A leaning shoe has no value over one touching the stake. The points are scored according to the position of the shoes at the rounds end, that is, after the contestants have each thrown two candy canes. This means it is possible for the second player to knock the opponents candy canes either away or closer to the stake.www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.comCandy Cane Nut Stacker Suite Youll need 7 larger sized nutsas in nuts and bolts (Check the size to make sure a candy cane could fit through the hole) Hold the candy cane in one hand by the hook. Using ONLY the straight end of the candy cane, pick up the nuts and place them one on top of another as high as you can. The goal is to reach 7 nuts high.

www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.comCandy Cane Pass This Christmas party game idea is played like the traditional game known as Hot Potato. A candy cane is passed from person to person around the circle while someone plays Christmas music. The candy cane is passed to the youth right next to you who then passes the candy cane to the youth next to him or her. You can choose to play clockwise or counter clockwise. When the Christmas music is paused, the youth holding the candy cane is eliminated from the game. Throwing the candy cane after the music stops does not count.

www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.comBut as a parting gift, the youth gets to keep the candy cane he or she was holding so that everyone is a winner in this Christmas game. The youth must then sit out of the game until everyone has a candy cane. Continue starting and stopping the Christmas music until all but two are out. Last youth to NOT be holding the candy cane when the music stops wins. You might want to have an additional Christmas prize for the last remaining youth. If you want to add a little more challenge to the game you can call out the word CHANGE from time to time and change the direction in which the candy cane is passed.

www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.comCandy Cane Pick Up Place a pile of candy canes on a table and provide a tray or basket for each player. Give each player a candy cane to put in his mouth with the hook end down. The player must use the candy cane hook to pick up the other candy canes and move them to the basket. The player with the most candy canes in their basket after one minute wins!

www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.comCandy Cane Pick-Up-Sticks Youll need candy canes, wrapped or unwrapped, stacked into a pile. You can use some candy canes of a different color and give them a higher point value. Traditionally, there are Blue Sticks 50 Points, Green Sticks 40 Points, Red Sticks 25 Points, Yellow Sticks 10 Points. Change this according to the frequency of colors and rarity for your candy canes.

www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.comPlayed like traditional pick-up-sticks, the objective is to remove one candy cane from the pile without disturbing the remaining candy canes. Use a small stick such as a kebab skewer or chopstick as a tool in picking up the candy canes. The first player picks up candy canes, one at a time, until he causes any other candy cane to move besides the one he is attempting to pick up. The other team then gets its chance to do the same.

www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.CreativeChristmasIdeas.comCandy Cane Relay Divide the youth into two teams and give everyone a chopstick. (The cheap, disposable wooden ones work fine.) Each team forms a line, and each player holds his or her chopstick in front of him or her. Place a candy cane on the chopstick of the f

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