I love S.C.A.M.P.E.R. If you are unfamiliar, it's a great way to stretch your kiddos' critical thinking. I find it's pretty easy to implement when you have a theme like the holidays. So for candy canes, I would do the following:
Substitute: we watch a video on United Streaming that shows a candy factory and how they make the candy cane. So we could substitute something for the sugar, or substitute different colors.
Combine: Combine the candy cane with another food-what would you get? The possibilities on this are just endless-candy cane hot dog buns anyone?
Adapt: Adapt candy canes for other holidays, seasons or uses. Adapt a version of the candy cane for grown-ups or using specific occupations-what would a nurse's candy cane look like.
Modify: Modify the shape of the candy cane, what other shapes could we make.
Put to another use (I have examples of this activity below)
Rearrange: rearrange the colors-what creative candy canes could we make?
This is the "put to another use" activity. I demonstrate with a pencil-usually we write and erase with a pencil. But I could also use it to put up my hair, open a can of soda, etc. I do not want you to just write that we can eat a candy cane or use it for decoration-I'm looking for something creative! Think about the colors, the shape. Here's what my kiddos came up with this year:
a roller skate
to make lines
I laughed out loud-I said "how do you know what u-turns even are?" and he said "my car tells us to take u-turns all the time!"
like a regular cane :)
to color red and white
for a performance