Candy canes on the flannel board in preschool

I made this simple candy cane flannel board activity with colorful pieces of felt and set it out in a basket on the floor for the children to play with….

I added felt color strips for the candy cane stripes.  Originally, I was only going to make red and green stripes but in just about every holiday activity we have done so far, my students have asked me for a “pink marker” or a “purple crayon” and so I realized that I need to be more open minded about colors during the holidays…

After all, a yellow, green, purple, and red candy cane is far more fun to make!

Some of the children carefully placed their candy canes on the board in a clear pattern and others preferred a more free approach to this activity…

This is the type of activity I leave up for several weeks. My felt board is always on the wall for the children to stop by any time they wish and give it a try….

Some of the children will come back to the felt board over and over again and other will try it once and never come back.  I switch out the felt board activities regularly but I also leave them there long enough for the children to have plenty of opportunity to explore at their leisure…

The candy cane felt board has been very popular over all…


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By |2011-12-12T20:00:24+00:00December 12th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Little Wonders' Days December 13, 2011 at 6:13 am - Reply

    This is so fun and easy. My kids would probably be at the felt wall quite often…I may have to try one at home.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      I love my felt wall 🙂 By keeping it on the wall, I remember to use it more often and change it up!

  2. Joan December 13, 2011 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Love your ideas with candy canes! I went to the Dollar Tree and bought my plastic ones yesterday and happened to see gift boxes that when placed together looked like a little village of houses. Voila !! Put some white felt on the floor for snow – get your cars ready – and drive around the Christmas village! Thanks for all your great ideas, Deborah! You make my job so much easier and I have to check each AM to see if I can use your idea of the day in my preschool class!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Oh, what a terrific idea! I love the idea of a snow village!! I may have to borrow that one for my class!!

  3. Scott December 13, 2011 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I have really been enjoying your posts the past few weeks. (Well, I always enjoy your posts, but these have been especially enjoyable.) This activity is why. It’s fun; kids can explore in their own ways for as long as they choose; it allows experimentation and self-expression. Thanks Deborah!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Scott!! That means so much to me that you enjoy the ideas I have been sharing. Super cool for telling me that:) See me smiling:)

  4. Lisa Marie Mary December 13, 2011 at 8:26 am - Reply

    The candy canes are wonderful – I love the idea! And I especially love that you were able to be open-minded about the colors. It can be hard to let go of ‘what the colors should be’ when working with munchkins. For me, though, once I did, it was so freeing – and I wanted to color everything ‘wrong’! Ha!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      Oh, I am terrible about wanting the right colors for each season. But my students are teaching me to lighten up! I love your attitude about it all and agree, it is not only freeing for me but the kids. No arguments about pink snowmen and orange Christmas trees any more. Life is too short!

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