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These crafts come from Michelle from Chic Baby New York who is a former teacher and mom who generously shared her creativity – she mentioned that a No Time For Flash Cards craft last year inspired the Star of David craft , can you tell which one? Yes our Snowglobe Snowman! Thanks Michelle.
Hanukkah Star of David
1 Sheet of white card stock, paint (I used roller paint), pencil, ribbon, sequence, tape, glitter pens ( or regular glitter), hole puncher, contact paper & scissors.
1) Trace out a star of David
2) Paint it (we used blue) and let dry.
3) Cut out a piece of contact paper about a rectangular size since you will be folding it over…make sure it will be big enough to cover the center of the star (folded).
4)Add glitter and sequence to the contact paper and fold over in half when done, making sure there is no exposed sticky areas. Just so you know, the glitter pens leave a little glue film when dryed, so if you want it clearer, you should use regular glitter.
5) Cut out the center of the star and attach the glittered contact paper part with tape.
6) Punch a hole at the top and put a string through it to hang it up.
A Menorah of shapes.
2 pieces of construction paper, 1 piece of white paper, 9 sequences, glue, scissors and a marker.
1) Trace out the shapes for the Menorah on 1 piece of paper. You will need to draw a semi circle, a large square, a long rectangle, a small square.
2) On the other paper, cut out 9 rectangles for the candles, I just eyed them instead of tracing them like on the Menorah. Cut everything out.
3) Start gluing. I outlined the Menorah in glue but the little one did the candles. I was told I didn’t make the glue outline ‘big enough’.
4) Add the round sequences for the flames, which is a great fine motor skill practice. You could cut out little triangles for the flames (to take the ‘shape’ theme all the way) or even using crumpled tissue paper or glitter.
5) Completed (with a lot of extra glue everywhere…which is how we like it)!
Old Crafts – New Books
These are my Hanukkah kids crafts from last year, mixed with books I have recently found. Hanukkah is fast approaching and I wanted to make it easy for you to find what we have to offer. I am eagerly looking for guest posters for Hanukkah themed posts , if you are interested email me Enjoy!
The Miracle of Hanukkah by Seymour Chwast is a great non fiction book about Hanukkah. It explains the history behind the holiday in an easy to understand way and I love how they have this book laid out. My favorite part is how the book has many different layers of pages to explain the fight between the Maccabees and Antiochus, it’s a fun way to keep kids into it while explaining the history. Great book !
Hanukkah Lights by Ben Lakner is a book that is fun for a variety of ages and explains so much. For someone like me who has grown up with friends who celebrate Hanukkah but doesn’t herself, I know a little bit about the holiday but am fuzzy on the details. This book clears up those fuzzies! There is so much in this board book, little kids will love lifting the flaps to reveal fun details. The text is too long for the average toddler though, so if you are reading it only to a tiny one, I’d focus on the pictures and flaps, they are wonderful. If you are reading this with an older preschooler it’s perfect and they still love the flaps too!
Thanks to my friend Andy who shared this craft with us! For a full overview of how and why dreidels are played with during Hanukkah click here
- You will need two pieces of construction paper and a pen or pencil, and tape.
- Draw out lines to denote the fold for the top, the side, and then the bottom. I’d make the bottom part a bit longer than I have them so they’ll come together better and so the pen/pencil won’t be lopsided like mine is. It makes 3 sides, but you only need 4 or 2 if you’re doing 2 different colors.
- This is what each side should look like once cut out. Draw the symbols on now, before you make it into the box.
- The four sides place together for the top. Poke the hole now
- Once you fold the four sides up and tape them, fold the corners of each bottom section to form a bit of a point to lead down to the spinning part of the pen/pencil (I think a pencil may work better).
- This is a picture of all the folds that will need to be done
- Then tape all the angled bottoms together and stick the pen/pencil into it.
- Bottom view:
- Top view:
For instructions on how to play with your dreidel and the symbols click here
“Hanukkah Moon” by Debra Da Costa is a magical book, reading it reminded me of reading “The Red Tent” it was very empowering , to see a little girl learn about her aunt’s Mexican Hanukkah traditions and all about Hanukkah moon ! The book is wonderful for anyone, I know for me when I think of Hanukkah I think of friends I grew up with in Canada celebrating and family friends from Isreal but in my limited experience I didn’t think of people in Mexico celebrating and how their traditions would be different from those in Canada or Isreal. Very cool book!
“Hanukkah Haiku” by Harriet Ziefert is a bright and cheery look at the traditions surrounding the holiday within the parameters of a haiku on every page. The illustrations by Karla Gudeon are so detailed I spent ages just looking at all of it. Each page is a haiku that goes along with a night of Hanukkah and it also explains briefly some of the other traditions like playing driedel , eating latkes and chocolate gold coins!
My son is fascinated with candles, he tried to touch the burning flames on his birthday cake so I knew I had to do a flame free menorah activity this year. This is a simple but useful Hanukkah craft for kids. If you are not familiar with the traditions and significance of Hanukkah click here for a great overview. This is a great project for an older child to do with a parent or the way we are doing it for a parent to do and have their child help with the lighting every night of Hanukkah!
- Gather your materials. You will need 4 sheets of foam, they don’t need to be sticky back but it’s even easier if they are, especially the candles. Scissors, some ribbon, an orange marker, and a pen.
- If your child is helping you I would have then paint or decorate the base piece of foam or paper. While they do that you can start the cutting.
- Start by cutting out a semi circle. in the silver foam. After you do this fold in half and make a series of 4 small 1/4 inch wide and about 2 inch long cuts into the semi circle arching towards the center. ** For an easier more kids friendly version you can simply cut out a semi circle and add small squares on top for each holder and use a larger square for the center.
- Trim all but the center holder , the middle should be higher than the other 8 holders. You can see my ill fated drawings, going free hand ended up working the best.
- Cut out a base for the menorah.
- Using the white foam cut out 9 rectangle candles. Older children can do this no problem.
- Using the yellow foam cut out 9 flames.
- Draw a little orange marker in the middle of the yellow flames.
- If you are using sticky back foam peal back only a small part of the flames backing and attach it to the white candle.
- Attach the menorah base on the backing piece( foam or your own paper that was decorated) .
- Add the menorah to the backing.
- When it’s time to light your menorah just peel off the backing of the candle and stick it on. For how to properly light a menorah check out Chabad.org
- Poke small holes in the upper corners of the backing and thread a ribbon through, tie a knot and trim the end.
- This is how it will look fully lit!
These are just two of the great Hanukkah books widely available. The title links are affiliate links.
The Only One Club by Jane Naliboff is a cute book about a little girl named Jennifer who is the only one in her class who celebrates Hanukkah. Soon she finds out that there are lots of “Only Ones” in her class , like the only one with red hair, the only one who wears dresses every day and the only one with a unique last name. I like the message this book has, that we should celebrate our diversity and tell our kids it’s not a bad thing to be unique.
Not only is this a great Hanukkah craft, it also encourages fine motor development and teaches about shapes. So even if you don’t celebrate Hanukkah don’t skip it! You can add sparkles, stickers or anything else you want to the star once it’s dry! I have a few more Hanukkah crafts lined up, one by a guest contributor, a nap time creation and book reviews later this week!
- Gather your materials. You will need 6 popsicle sticks per star, glue, blue paint, wax paper and a paint brush.
- I pre made popsicle stick triangles for my 2 year old. Older kids can do this step no problem. Add glue to both ends of one stick, the right end of the bottom one and using a third make a triangle. Repeat and let dry.
- Pour a few colors of blue paint into a container.
- Paint your triangles. My son was fascinated with the blends the 3 colors of paint made, and I was loving how delicate he had to be with the small paint brush. This is great practice for his fine motor skills.
- Paint your other one!
- Let dry.
- Glue one triangle on top of the other. Voila a beautiful Star of David.