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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By |2017-03-28T22:27:02+00:00December 12th, 2012|

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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. carolyn January 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Great activites, Iwould love too have your lesson plan for the candy cane activites. Iam a family daycare provider and I am always looking for ideals ors lesson plans .

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Caroline,
      Unfortunately, I don’t offer a written lesson plan. Please continue to follow along and use what you can from my blog. I hope it will be helpful to you!

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