One of the first things we did was to play with candy canes. We did a little candy cane science by experimenting with how the candy cane behaved in bowls of water and vinegar and analyzed the results. We also heated some in the oven to make them malleable and had a good time making shapes with them while they were still warm.
Peppermint Crunch Brownies
- 1 box dark chocolate brownie mix
- peppermint oil (food grade)
- 5 candy canes
- ziploc bag
1. Make the brownies using the box directions. Add one teaspoon peppermint oil to batter.
2. Place unwrapped candy canes in ziploc bag and place on ground (we did it in the garage so as not to damage the hard wood floor). Then hammer the candy canes until they are very small pieces.
3. Pour batter into pan and sprinkle candy cane pieces on top of batter. Bake according to box directions.
Easy Salt Dough
1. Mix 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water together in bowl untiil dough forms.
2. Create ornaments, shapes etc.
3. Place on parchment paper on baking sheet for 1 hour at 200 degrees. (They may need to cure overnight after baking to fully harden.)
4. Paint with acrylic paint if desired.