Free Printable Candy Cane Poem: Teach Kids About Christ This Christmas

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Looking for a fun way to show Christ to your kids MORE this Christmas season?

Check out this free printable candy cane poem, and teach your kids how a simple candy cane shows the love and sacrifice that came from Jesus’ birth!

Free Printable Candy Cane Poem To Teach Kids About Jesus

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What I really love about this printable candy cane poem, is the fact that it is a poem!

Mind-blowing right? Haha. Let me explain…

Singsong-type lyrics and rhymes are GREAT for helping kids remember and understand lots of things, so why not use them to fill their minds with godly things??

That’s what this super simple candy cane poem does!

Not only that, but it’s a great visual way to show your kids as well – all you need is a candy cane. Something I am sure there’s no shortage of in your home during Christmas time, right?

Goodness, I think we still have candy canes leftover from years ago!!

As Christian parents, we want to make sure we are truly focused on having a Christ-centered advent season, and this candy cane poem printable is super fun and a creative way to do that!

This poem outlines what the candy cane symbolizes and the colors in the candy cane (red and white) also tie into the Christmas story for Christians!!

Find out how to use this printable and download below!!

How To Use This Free Printable Candy Cane Poem:

With this awesome printable, you will receive two pages – one page with two 8.5 x 5.5″ poem cards and the other has four smaller poem cards.

I would definitely recommend printing them on sturdier paper, such as white cardstock, and even laminating them if you want. I love this pink laminator from Amazon here!

You can hang the bigger cards up on your fridge, place them in a frame on the wall, or as a tabletop decoration.

Anywhere where your family and kids can see it and be reminded this Christmas of how all things – even a candy cane – points back to Jesus Christ. 🙂

Feel free to use the smaller cards as gift tags for teachers’ gifts, grandparents, friends, etc.

Here is how we use the smaller (4) cards for preschool teacher gifts and our children’s Pastor:

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You can use a small hole punch for the corners, tie a red ribbon through and attach to homemade gifts… viola!

Making these homemade hot chocolate mix in jars would be a super thoughtful way to use the candy cane poem gift tags with.

And definitely be sure to throw in a few candy canes for good measure. 🙂


Grab your free printable candy cane poem from my printables library here OR click the image below! 🙂

Scriptures To Pair With This Candy Cane Poem

As you are reading through the poem, a great idea would be to pull out your favorite family Bible or kids storybook Bible, and read scriptures along with it!

It’s always great to point everything back to the Bible, and encourage your kids to read and love God’s Word.

This will definitely help instill godly habits in your kids and keep them engaged with scripture as they grow older!! The whole goal of Christian parenthood, right??

So, let’s break this poem down section by section, with Bible verses to read along with it…

1. The Shepherds Staff

“The cane reminds me of a shepherd’s staff, a way provided for eternity on my behalf.”

Scriptures to read: Psalm 23 (here is a great Psalm 23 memory match game to do with your kids as well!), John 10:11, Hebrews 13:20, Isaiah 40:11

2. The Birth Of Jesus

“Turn the cane around and a “J” you will see, Jesus my Savior, was born to set me free.”

Scriptures to read: John 3:16, Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:35

Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross- Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24

3. Christ’s Blood Shed On The Cross

“The red is symbolic of the blood Christ shed, the price for my sin that He bore instead.”

Scriptures to read: Isaiah 53:5 (our favorite), 1 Peter 2:24, Colossians 1:20, Hebrews 9:22

4. New Creations In Christ

“The white represents a life made new, God’s gift through Christ’s birth, for me and you.”

Scriptures to read: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Genesis 1:27, Romans 6:4, Ephesians 4:22-24


Want to see exactly what you’ll be getting with this PDF download?

Check out this video of the awesome printable candy cane poem!

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Other Candy Cane Actvities To Teach The Christmas Story:

Here are some other GREAT activities that all use the Candy Cane legend/story in some way to point us back to Jesus!

These would pair great with my free printable candy cane poem! Plus, feel free and add them to your advent activities to ensure you are keeping Christ as the focus this Christmas season. 🙂

  1. The Legend of The Candy Cane Book

This is a great kids’ Christmas book to have on your family bookshelf!

It’s such a classic book with beautiful illustrations. It really hits home the point of candy canes being a great symbol for Jesus. You can definitely read this with your kids while eating some yummy candy canes!

2. Legend of the Candy Cane Playdough Kit {Little Seeds Co.}

This Legend of the Candy Cane homemade sensory kit is a MUST for kids this Christmas season!! Such a great hands-on and VISUAL way to relate it back to Christ.

This kit features:

  • 2, 5 oz. rolls of homemade playdough
  • Double sided story card telling the legend of the candy cane
  • Small items/manipulatives for playing with
  • Plus an editable candy cane! 🙂

This would make a perfect activity to add to your family’s advent calendar as well!

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Make sure you check out this awesome list of Christian gift ideas for your kids this year!!

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How To Teach Kids The Christmas Story Using a Candy Cane

I pray that this printable candy cane poem helps you teach your kids about Jesus this Christmas season!

It’s such a fun way to incorporate everyday things you probably already have, and point your kids back to Christ. 🙂

How will you use this printable Candy Cane Poem? Let me know in the comments!

Download your free printable candy cane poem from my printables library here and enjoy a sweet (pun intended 😉 ) Christ-filled Christmas!

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