A couple of my favorite candy cane passages are:
Little Red’s Christmas Close Reading Informational Passages and Questions
Kristine Nannini’s Christmas Close Reading Passages, Text-Dependent Questions & More
This project is super simple. Students simply take a white (or red) pipe cleaner and string on the beads, alternating between red and white. At each end of the candy cane students fold over the pipe cleaner so that the beads do not fall off. Then they can bend and shape their candy cane however they like!