A Fun and Easy Hanukkah Craft For Kids
Jews will celebrate Hannukah, the festival of lights, this year on the evening of December 16th around the world.
One of the main traditions of Hannukah is lighting a new candle each night, on the nine-branched Hanukiah (candelabrum). This tradition is based on the miracle from which Hannukah was formed.
As the story goes, when the Jews defeated the mighty Syrian army in ancient times, they went back to restore the damaged Temple. They wanted to light the sacred temple flame but all they could find was enough oil to last one day. However, a miracle occurred and the oil burned for eight days; a miracle that we continue to celebrate and remember today by lighting the Hanukiah.
While I’m all about encouraging independence, I’m not ready to allow my young sons to light the Hanukkah candles by themselves, even if it that would help them get into the holiday spirit. I do want to include my kids in the festivities though, which is why I love idea of building Hanukkah crafts with my little ones – specifically, making different versions of the Hanukiah.
Not only is this craft easy and fun to make, but it’s also functional. Together with your kids you can make a Hanukiah that they can use during the holidays to “light” the candles as well. It’s also a great way to teach them numbers. All materials can be purchased from the dollar store. You can use different finishes to decorate, making it a great activity for kids of different ages and one that can be done over several days in different ways. I hope you and your family enjoy making them as much as I did with my kid!
Chag Samech (Happy Holidays) to you and your family.
Hanukiah Arts & Crafts Activity
Paper plates (large and small sizes), paint, paint brushes, safety scissors, clothes pins. Optional materials: glitter, sticker gems, decorative stickers.
Take one large paper plate and fold in half. Take two smaller size paper plates and cut out the inner circle. Fold them in half too. Cut out two slits in the large folded paper plate as shown in the picture below.
Using paint, glitter and / or stickers, decorate the large folded paper plate. Anything goes… just have fun with it.
Decorate 10 clothespins using paint, glitter, stickers or sticker gems.
Attach two pins together to make the “Shamash” (helper candle) and place in the middle of the larger folded plate. Place the other pins equally on each side of the shamash (four on each side).
Insert the two smaller folded paper plates to the slits.
Each night, when you light a new candle, your child can add a clothing pin to their Hanukiah. You can also number the clothing pins to help practice counting.
Maya Fitzpatrick is a SAHM of two very high-energy boys with a third on the way. She blogs about the ups & downs of parenting, their family travel adventures, health & wellness tips, and family-friendly product reviews & giveaways. Join her and her family on this crazy, yet fun, adventure they call life at www.mayahoodblog.com.