Red and white striped candy cane

Candy cane scavenger hunt

This sweet candy cane activity is a combo of skills, including tech, comprehension, tactile graphics, concepts and O&M!

This sweet candy cane activity uses a combination of skills including tech (use a device to read the clues), reading comprehension (figure out the clue), tactile graphics (identify and pair the clue with the associated tactile graphic), concepts and O&M (travel to the clue locations).

Candy cane hunt poem

Start off by asking the student to read the poem on his/her preferred device. Working on gestures or commands? Use the Read All command to read the entire poem.

Candy Cane Hunt Poem

I’ve lost all my candy canes, 

They are nowhere to be found.

So, I’m asking you to help me,

To search for them all around.

Look underneath the Christmas tree,

Look high and then look low. . .

Get ready my festive hunters,

And on your mark,

Get set and GO!


Tactile graphic concepts

The associated images are tactile graphic machine ready, meaning you can print them off on Swell paper to create a raised line tactile graphic. These full page images, which are easier for students who are building tactile graphic skills, can also be colored.

For students who are relatively new to tactile graphics, set them up for success by first exploring real objects. Talk about the identifying characteristics. Can the student find and name the characteristics of parts of the real item? Example: Doors. Find, describe and name the hinges, door knob, window (if available), etc. Then, expand the discussion to the same object that might have different characteristics. Example: Doors. Examine the classroom door. What is it made out of? What kind of door knob does it have? Is it a flat door or does it have sections? Does it have a window? Now explore the front door, the office door, and a fire door located in the middle of a hallway. How are they the same? How are they different? Are there any double doors in the school? Then have the student explore the tactile graphic image of the real object, finding, describing and naming the various parts (such as the door knob, hinges, window).

The swing image is a solid image (not outline). Is this type of image easier for your young student? If desired, use a black marker to color in sections of the image – before running through the PIAF or Swell machine – to make it easier for the student to identify the object. Example: The book shelf image has numerous lines, including lines for the shelves and edges of the book shelf, and outlines of multiple books on each shelf. If the shelves and the outline of the entire bookshelf have solid lines, it might be easier for the student to identify the shelves. Note: There are two bookshelf images: an empty bookshelf and a bookshelf with numerous books on each of the four shelves. Start with the empty bookshelf image and then transfer the skills to the bookshelf with books image. As always compare the bookshelf tactile graphic with a real, empty bookshelf and a real bookshelf with books.

If your student has been exposed to tactile graphics and is able to identify tactile graphic images easily, ask the student to independently identify characteristics in each image, along with the viewpoint, such as a side view or front view of the item. If you really want to expand on this topic – in this example “doors” – search for additional internet “door coloring page” images with different types of doors and create tactile images of these doors. Doors can be open or closed. What does a tactile image of an open (or partially opened) door look like compared to the closed door?

Candy cane hunt clues

Next, ask the student to read one clue, using the command to read line by line. Each clue has two lines. Read only one clue at a time. (If desired, copy and paste the clues on individual pages and give the student only 1 clue at a time.)

Can the student identify the object/location using the clues? If given the tactile graphic, can the student identify the object/location?

Note: Some candy cane clues are harder than others. Choose which clues work well for your student. If you create additional clues, please share them with us! [email protected]

Candy cane hunt clues:

Candy canes make a yummy treat,

The next one is hiding under a seat!

Outline image of a wooden student's chair.

Do you want to find some more?

There is a candy cane hidden behind a door!

Outline image of a door with hinges on the left, round door knob and 4 sections.

To find a candy cane, you have to think,

There is one hiding where you get a drink!

outline image of a school drinking fountain, side view, with water arc.

Candy canes are shaped like a hook,

Find this one inside a book!

Outline image of a closed book.

Santa’s elves hid this treat with a wink,

Find this candy cane by the sink!

Outline image of a sink, front view.

Download sink image

A candy cane is red. A candy cane is white. 

Find one where you sleep at night.

Outline image a bed with four posts, blanket and pillow.

Finding candy canes is so much fun.

Find the next one where reading is done!

Outline image of an empty bookshelf.
outline image of a bookshelf with books.

Santa hid candy canes all over our block.

I wonder if he hid one behind the clock?

Outline image of a round clock with hands.

Candy canes like to loop and glide,

Find this candy cane by the slide!

outline image of a slide.

Santa plays, sleigh bells ring, 

Get this candy cane by the swing!

Image of a swing set with 2 swings.

Download swing image

Santa’s belly is wiggly and giggly,

Find the candy cane on top of the shelfie and take a selfie!

outline image of a camera, showing buttons on top, round lens, and other features.

With a hook at the top, shaped like a cane,

Find your next clue under protection from the rain. 

outline image of an open umbrella.

Download umbrella image

Follow the colors of candy canes so bright,

To find your next clue, look where creativity takes flight. 

Outline image of a jar holding a paint brush and marker beside a paint palette.

Download art image

Eating candy canes has made Santa a bit chubby,

Find this one in your cubby!

Candy cane scavenger hunt

Now the fun part! Place individually wrapped candy canes in position for the student to find and go on a scavenger hunt around the school. This activity can be modified for a home candy cane scavenger hunt too!

Outline image of a candy cane.

Option: You do not have to do the full activity in one setting. Give your student one clue (and tactile graphic) a day and travel to that destination.

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by Diane Brauner and special thanks to South Carolina TSVIs, Stephanie Brown, Tracy Spittle and Rain Emmert, for creating additional clues!

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