This is a healthy snack craft along with a really nice cultural lesson and story for teaching your kids the origin of peppermint candy.
My son loves peppermint candy so I implemented a fun way to make peppermint canes healthier so he can eat them all the time. You can make this healthy treat, making either peppermint canes or circles while teaching the story. However, the story goes best with the peppermint cane.
In Germany, origin of the Christmas tree, a German, not a saint, but a very clever man nonetheless, created the peppermint cane as a multifunctional teaching tool about God while also being a decorative for Christmas trees. There are other beliefs and ideas as to the creation of the pepper cane today but along the way it has turned into a four leaf clover, of sorts, for teaching about Christianity. After teaching my son the cultural beginning of the peppermint cane, below is what I also talk about and teach my son.
The shape: J is for Jesus
The shape: Upside down it is the shape of a shepherd’s staff to lead flock
The color: Red & White= Represent Christ’s blood and purity
Red for the blood of Jesus who cleanses our sins white as snow
3 Red Strips: sometimes seen in peppermint canes, like St. Patrick, is used to teach the Holy Trinity: God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit
The hardness: represents the strength of the Church’s foundation.
The flavor: represents the minty aroma of hyssop, an herb spoken about in the Old Testament
Cut up strawberries and bananas (I let my son cut the bananas)
Form the shape of a candy cane or a candy circle
You can see in the picture that I printed up example pictures and then just let my son follow to create on his own. I try to do this as often as possible so my son can bring out his own creative side if he so wishes (click here for bear craft example)
Other post of possible interest: Kissing the Blarney Stone & St. Patrick’s Day Crafts,