Candy Cane Hunt

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The weather was so pretty yesterday! The mild temperatures and bright blue skies were calling us outside. How could we resist! Normally the children have the best time dreaming up all kinds of pretend play while I rake endless piles of leaves but I wanted to do a little something extra for fun. We picked up a box of candy canes on our grocery run Sunday night and I pulled them out to play a fun game we’ve played for a couple years now- Candy Cane Hunt!

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It’s sort of a twist on the Easter egg hunt tradition. Instead of hiding eggs I hide candy canes throughout the yard, hanging on low tree branches, or toys. The girls had a blast finding as many as they could! My little man was content to break open and eat the first one he saw. :)

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This is such a cozy time of year. The house is so warm and inviting to stay snuggled up but we’ve wanted to get out more. Soak up the Winter sunshine and expend all the energy we can. If you’re looking for a fun way to get out and play this would be such a fun idea! Normally I’ll go out and hide the candy canes while they nap and then it’s a super fun surprise when they wake up!

How are you getting out to play lately? Or what are your favorite holiday games? I always love hearing your ideas too!

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Pumpking BINGO

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I really think some of the best learning happens when they have no idea that’s what they’re doing! Yesterday we played pumpkin BINGO and had a blast- they didn’t know it but while playing they were also practicing color and shape recognition! Not to mention they practiced fine motor skills and problem solving as we put the game together! This activity is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners too!

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It’s a simple print and play activity with very minimal prep! Grab the scissors and glue, add a little candy corn and you’re all set! Here’s how to play:

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Start by cutting out the pumpkin shapes. Then let your littles have fun covering the BINGO grid and gluing down the pumpkins. This makes each board an individual card with varying possibilities for winning the game. Now, the real fun begins! I added an extra set of pumpkin shapes to a mason jar so I could pull from them to call out pumpkin shapes.

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The girls had a great time covering the shapes they had with candy corns and go SO excited when they could call out BINGO! This BINGO grid is intentionally smaller than an average board. The frustration ceiling for preschoolers is typically lower than a 5x5 grid so I simplified it as they learn the game. As they grow we’ll try bigger boards. To win BINGO all they had to do was get one straight line. Simple and easy enough to win while keeping them engaged and learning!

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You’ll find this activity and so many more pumpkin themed play and learn fun in this month’s calendar. Click the button below to find out more!