Who stole the candy from the candy cane jar?

I borrowed the simple rhyme “Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?” and changed it to “Who Stole the Candy from the Candy Cane Jar?” for a game we played together in circle time…

We played the game by inviting each child to take a turn leaving the circle to hide their eyes. Then one child was selected to quietly take a candy cane from the candy cane jar and hide it in his or her lap.  All the other children were reminded that they also needed to pretend to hide a candy cane in their laps…

Once the candy cane was hidden, the children would help me say, “Who took the candy from the candy cane jar?” And the child hiding his or her eyes would come back and begin guessing.  Each time the child made a guess and pointed to a friend, I would say, “Did (friend’s name) take the candy from the candy cane jar?”  And that child would reveal if he or she had the candy cane or not.  Sometimes, we would skip my second question, it just depended on how quickly the game was going. The child continued to guess until he found who took the candy cane…

The child who actually had the candy cane in his hand now went to hide his eyes and we played the game again. Of course, everyone took a turn to hide their eyes and guess who stole the candy cane from the candy cane jar.  We didn’t use real candy canes but you certainly could use real ones for the game…

My students loved the game and asked if we could play it again! Sounds like a good idea to me 🙂

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

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