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Holiday Activities: Hanukkah Crafts for Kids

 

Holiday activities for kids help the whole family spend time together and have fun. Here are some Hanukkah craft ideas that kids and parents can do together.

Star of David

This is an easy project that kids of all ages can do with a little help. In this Hanukkah activity, you and your children will use craft sticks to make Stars of David that can be hung in windows, doorways and anywhere else you like. You'll need:

  • Craft sticks, six for each Star of David you'd like to make. You can use recycle popsicle sticks or tongue depressors if you like.
  • Craft glue
  • Paint and brushes
  • Glitter and star stickers
  • Ribbon

Cover your work area with newspaper for ease of clean up. Begin by painting your craft sticks whatever color you and your children like best. Paint one side of the stick, allow it to dry, and then paint the other side.

Glue the craft sticks together so that they form triangles. Then, glue an inverted triangle on top of an upright triangle to form six sided Stars of David. Decorate the Stars of David with glitter and star stickers if you prefer. Attach a loop of ribbon to the top of each Star of David so that you can hang them around your home.

Dreidel

Dreidel games are one of Hanukkah's most traditional holiday activities, but you don't need a lot of fancy equipment to make a Hanukkan dreidel at home. You and your children can use small milk cartons (such as the ones they receive with school lunches) or small boxes to make dreidels at home. You'll need:

  • Some small milk cartons or boxes
  • Paint and brushes
  • Sharpened pencils

You may want to paint the milk carton or small box first, and allow it to dry. Turn the milk cartons or boxes over and push the sharpened pencils through so that the point comes out the bottom. Decorate the dreidel with the appropriate letters and, when it dries, enjoy it.

Macaroni Menorah

This macaroni menorah is a good Hanukkah craft project for kids of all ages, though younger children may need some help. You'll need:

  • Lentils, beans or dried peas
  • Poster board, in plain white or in different colors, cut to a desirable size
  • Craft glue
  • Red crepe paper

First, tear small pieces of red crepe paper and roll them between your fingers until they are small enough to fit into nine macaroni noodles. These will be the candles of the menorah.

Glue the nine menorah candles onto your piece of posterboard. You might want to use two for the longer shamash.

Next, draw in the outline of the menorah using the white craft glue. Younger children might need help with this part. Attach beans, dried peas or lentils to the glue outline to fill in the rest of the menorah.

When you're done, you might want to glue your piece of posterboard to a slightly larger piece of a contrasting color, so your menorah looks like it's been framed. This makes a wonderful holiday decoration or gift.

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