The Beaded Candy Cane Ornament one of the easiest crafts you can make with your kids and one of my favorites that I remember making as a child. This Christmas ornament is great for teaching basic AB pattern along with building some of those fine motor skills. This is a super simple activity that your family is sure to love!
Some of the things that I love about this beaded candy cane ornament is that it doesn’t require much. Set up is simple and once made these ornaments are pretty indestructible. Considering that my two year old has been at war with our Christmas tree since it went up (and after the three or four times it has gone back up…) Christmas ornaments that aren’t going to shatter glass everywhere are pretty important for us.
Materials Needed for a Beaded Candy Cane Ornament:
These items are super easy to find and a must to have on hand when you will be crafting with kiddos =)
Directions to make a Beaded Candy Cane Ornaments:
Give each child their own pile of materials. If using this activity to learn about patterns, explain to the child what an AB pattern is and lay out a couple of beads in front of them as an example. Challenge older children with a more complicated pattern or encourage their creativity in having them create one of their own!
Once ready to bead tie a knot on one end of a pipe cleaner. This can be tricky- I struggled with getting one tied when my daughter asked for help. One thing she came up with that might help if you too struggle with this is instead of tying an actual knot, twisting the pipe cleaner into a ball.
Add the beads.
Once the pipe cleaner has been filled with beads tie a knot on the other end and twist the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape. And you’ve got yourself a cute ornament to hang on the Christmas tree or hand out as a gift!