Candy cane seeds

Growing Candy Canes

This is a fun, magical Christmas activity to do with your kids this holiday season. It is simple, relatively inexpensive. It doesn’t take any time at all to set up, but the magic and excitement last forever. Your kids will forever remember planting and growing candy canes.

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It’s really simple, really fun, especially when your kids are younger and still truly believe in the magic of Christmas.

What You Need:

  • tic-tacs – we have used white as pictures but we have also used red and white which were perfect for growing red and white candy canes
  • sugar
  • candy canes
  • a container to “plant” in

How to Grow Candy Canes

Fill up your container with sugar. Blake took the lead on this one while I sat back with the camera and enjoyed watching them plant their seeds.

They taste tested the seeds to see if they were good to be eaten like that, like pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, they were surprised that they tasted like mint.

Then take your seeds and start planting them.

They each took turns planting some seeds.

After they were planted we had to figure out where to put them for them to grow. They decided on the fridge. Where it is dark and cold, which is how they figured the North Pole is, where Santa, of course, is, and where Candy Canes must be.

This is a great chance to let your kids take the lead and their imagination grow.

Austin figured that because we were growing candy canes, the seeds must be magic, and she had no doubt that they would grow quickly.

Later that night, those seeds grew magically into seeds. We must have had really fast-growing seeds but yours don’t have to.

More Ideas

You can easily draw the growing of your seeds out. One way to do this is to use mints, that way the round tops look similar to the roundness of the candy canes.

You could bury candy canes in your container depending on the size of your candy canes and the size of the jar, and pull them up a little more each night to give the illusion of them growing.

How to Grow a Candy Cane Activity with FREE Printable

Looking for a fun Christmas activity for Kids? Kids will be amazed by this magical holiday activity for December where they will learn how to grow a candy cane! Toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students will be amazed as they are growing candy canes! This Christmas activities is great to start out the season, as a gift your Elf on the Shelf, or as an inexpensive gift for friends. Simply print pdf file with free candy cane seeds printable and you are ready for a memorable time.

How to Grow a Candy Cane

Amaze your kids as you teach them how to grow a candy cane with this simple Christmas activity that will capture the imagination of young kids. You can have your Elf on the Shelf bring the peppermint seeds and use our free printable growing candy canes, or just as a fun Christmas activity for kids during December. This is loads of fun for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, and grade 2 students.

Candy cane seeds printable

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Growing Candy Canes

I made seed packets, complete with instructions for the activity. My kiddos got one of these packages for our first advent activity. I also gave some away as gifts to my niece, nephew, neighborhood friends, and my daughter’s best friend. They were such a great Christmas gifts kids can make because they were are fun, creative, and inexpensive to make!!

How to Grow Candy Canes

All you need for this Christmas activity for kids are a few simple materials:

    , dirt, insta snow, or cotton balls. i
  • round peppermint candy
  • candy cane
  • small bags
  • Printable Grow a Candy Cane (see below)

Candy Cane Activity

The recipient of the present will pick a pot, container, bowl, or whatever to plant in. Start out by putting the “North Pole Potting Snow” in the pot.

Read the directions on the free printable seed container & plant the candy cane seeds in the potting snow. Finally, apply the “North Pole Fertilizer”.

Elf on the Shelf Grow a Candy Cane

Now it’s time to wait….magically (with Mom’s help) overnight the seed will grow into a candy cane!

Pretty cool, huh?! My kids though it was amazing! They are planning to try and leave the candy cane in the the ‘soil’ to see if it gets any bigger =-) I reminded them that plants only grow a certain height and then then they stop; but it doesn’t hurt to experiment!!

Print and follow the directions on the free printable Grow a Candy Cane Activity and you will end up with:

  • 1 bag of North Pole Potting Snow (fake snow)
  • 1 bag of North Pole Fertilizer (glitter/confetti)
  • 1 wrapped present for Mom from Santa (this is then candy cane with directions to swap out the round peppermint ‘seed’ with candy cane)
  • Magical Peppermint Seed Packet (round peppermint in seed packet with instructions for planting.

Christmas Printables

Looking for ideas for fun Christmas learning with free Christmas printables? Check out these fun resources:

  • Fun Christmas Playdough Mats to trace and erase
  • HUGE Pack of Christmas Worksheets for Preschool
  • Stringing Lights Christmas Math Activities learning Patterns with playdough
  • Free Christmas Tracing Sheets
  • Find the Letter Free Christmas Worksheets Puzzles
  • Cute Christmas Sight Word Worksheets
  • Free Christmas Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture Worksheets

Christmas Activities for Kids

Looking for more fun Christmas printables, Christmas Crafts, and Christmas activities to fill your holiday calendar? Check out these fun ideas!

Grow a Candy Cane

My girls were in awe over this simple christmas craft and couldn’t wait to do it again. Read on for the easy tutorial.

You can use sugar, soil, or “snow” to grow your candy cane. You can even use Oreo crumbles or chocolate powder. We already had planting soil on hand, so we opted to use that. The soil also made the “growing” process more realistic to an inquisitive three-year-old.


  • Rosie and Jewel began by filling their pots 1/3 of the way with potting soil.
  • Then, we added the “magic” candy caneseeds.
  • The girls filled the pots the rest of the way with soil and then excitedly watered their candy canes!

Growing Your Candy Canes

Rosie and Jewel were so eager for their candies to grow that I thought, “Why not twist this into a lesson in patience?”.

  • The girls checked on their candy canes about a million times and delighted in watering them.
  • After two days something started to grow.
  • By day three the candy canes had fully grown. I can not tell you how excited these little girls were to wake up in the morning and discover this!

They were absolutely tickled! They haven’t stopped talking about it- a magical holiday memory made! Rosie has already asked if we can grow another candy cane.

  • I used tiny pieces of a broken candy cane to sprout our canes on day two.
  • I left a tiny piece of the wrapper on the candy canes so that I could stick them into the dirt without getting dirty. Then, I took the pots into the kitchen to “uproot” them and magically got rid of the wrapper without the girls seeing.
  • You could just as easily rinse the dirt off or use chocolate powder or sugar in place of soil.
  • Make candy cane slime.
  • Make a candy cane disappear.
  • Make candy cane paint.
  • Make candy cane play dough.
  • Make beaded candy canes.
  • Make fizzing candy canes.
  • Make candy cane reindeer.
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