Hang on to those candy cane tubes!
Over my many years of teaching, I am finally at a point where I don’t save everything that I think I might use some day. For those of you who haven’t been teaching very long, you need to know that not keeping everything year after year is actually a major accomplishment. However, if there is one thing I do hang on to, it is my empty candy cane tubes.
There is a difference in candy cane tubes
When it comes to candy cane tubes that you will want to save, there is a difference in which ones you should look for. Avoid the super cheap candy-filled tubes that have an almost impossible to get off label. Check the quality of the tubes. Who knew that candy cane tube quality would be such a big deal! I am here to tell you that we play with our tubes every single Christmas and my good quality candy cane tubes have lasted me for several years now.
If you find a tube that has a seam down one of the long edges or the plastic is super flimsy, then keep looking. If you find a a tube that has a label stuck to it, be prepared to pry that label off. I found candy cane tubes that have a plastic cover that peels right off. You want to look for good quality candy cane tubes that will hold up for play. The cheaply made tubes cost about the same as the quality made tubes but the good tubes will hold up much better over time.
Save the cheap candy cane tubes for play dough
This week, we have been playing with our tubes at the light table. In past years, we have used the candy cane tubes in the water table, sand table, as a discovery tube, and at the math center. The children LOVE playing with these tubes and filling them with gems, buttons, sand, water, or whatever else will fit. I tried play dough once but couldn’t get the stuff out so you might want to save play dough for the cheap tubes so you don’t mind throwing them away.
As my students played with my good quality tubes today, they asked if they could take them home. I had to tell them “no way!” I might go and get some of those cheap tubes to keep around for take home play too but the good quality tubes have to stay in the classroom folks!
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