Friday, December 11, 2009

candy cane Christmas

We have really been enjoying our 25 Days of Christmas activities. The kids are SO EXCITED each day to eat their chocolate candy from our Hershey Kiss Countdown we made on Day 1. Why wouldn't they?? It's chocolate!! Mikayla asks at least twice a day to move baby Jesus a little bit closer to December 25th. And revealing the activity for the day is always anticipated. Earlier in the week, I shared some of the activities we had done over last weekend, so go take a peek if you want to see what else we've been up to!

On Day 8 (Tuesday) of our Christmas countdown, we had a little bit of fun with candy canes!

Activity of the Day:
Make candy cane ice cream and enjoy it
while reading "The Candymaker's Gift".

After bath time, each of the kids were given a candy cane, a Ziploc bag, and a hammer (kid toys worked well!).
Then it was time to whack away!

Next...stir up some vanilla ice cream to get it nice and soft. As Mikayla said, "Like a milkshake!" Happy faces -- they love ice cream!!

Time to pour in the crushed candy canes...
{Notice the mess of candy canes everywhere!? That's my boy!}


While the kids ate their yummy candy cane ice cream, I read "The Candymaker's Gift" to them.

This is such a great book! I purchased it at our MOPS Bazaar at the beginning of November. The authors were the ones selling the books, so they even signed the inside for Mikayla & Austin. It was so special to be able to read this to them for the first time. The story is about the legend of the candy cane and shares about the true meaning of Christmas and how much Jesus loves and cares for us.

Good to the last drop...wouldn't you say?!


On Day 9 (Wednesday) we had the special treat of going to visit Kim, Kenneth, Elizabeth, and Bradley. Our activity for the day was to create a gingerbread house with the Caldwell family. All four kids did surprisingly well sharing and enjoyed being together.


For more Countdown to Christmas activities, go visit Liz @ Sugarplum Creations.

P.S. I'm so happy to share that last year's neighbor Christmas gift was featured on Tip Junkie yesterday!


Kelli said...

I love the picture of them getting the very last drop! I will have to find and pick up that sounds great. And congrats on having something deserve it!

Dawn said...

oh yum, that ice cream sounds good!! I'm going to get some vanilla ice cream and candy canes and make that one of our activities. My husband always has to work late on Christmas Eve so this will be perfect to keep us busy that day!! Thanks for passing along all your wonderful ideas!!

Sorry I didn't get to participate in the monthly challenge-I'll be back next month!!

Rhonda said...

What a fun time at the Boo's house! I may be making candy cane ice cream for my punch. Sometimes it's hard to find. I've had to do that before.

Great pictures!

Kelli W said...

Yummy! Peppermint ice cream sounds so good...and easy to make too! The gingerbread house is so cute! We are going to do gingerbread houses when the boys get out of school next week!

Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

Such fun, Heidi! I love the idea of making peppermint ice cream. My girls would love that! We're planning on making a gingerbread house too :)

jennykate77 said...

SO cool that you were featured on Tip Junkie!! I love those little jars w/ Peppermint Bark! Great idea!! The peppermint ice cream sounds yummy! Love the pictures♥

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

Creekmore's said...

Yum!! My boys have those same P.J.'s, courtasy of who else - Grandma! I wanted to make sure you knew I was having a giveaway, come check it out! :)

Jen said...

Mmmm! Simple and fun! I love it!

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