Lesson Plan Title : Candy Cane Art

Age Range: Kindergarten through grade 2 (Early Elementary)

Overview and Purpose: Students are often thinking about what they want for Christmas at this time of year. This activity encourages them to think of others and what they may like.

Objective: The student will be able to create a collage based on what he thinks other people will want for Christmas.


Magazines and catalogs

Blank paper




Introduce the lesson by talking with the students about who they know who would like presents for Christmas. Write their ideas on the board. When you have a full list, explain to the students that they are going to create a collage of presents for these people. (They do not have to pick a present for each person, but encourage them to choose one for at least five different people.

Explain that a present is appreciated the most when it shows something special about the person who receives it. Talk about some examples of presents the students could give the people in their lives.

Walk around the room as the students are working and ask them why they chose certain presents. Display the collages outside the classroom if possible so others can see the generosity of your students.

Wrap Up:

Students can take this project a step further and adopt a child or family for Christmas. Angel Tree and Samaritan's Purse are two organizations who rely on community involvement to help provide children with toys and clothes for Christmas.