Have a handmade Hanukkah! Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, starts this Thursday, December 7th. These hands-on art projects and worksheets are a great way to teach young learners the meaning behind this week-long celebration.
Read on to see our list of 8 imaginative, colorful, and straightforward crafts—one for each night of Hanukkah!
The classic game of dreidel will keep kids occupied over the holiday. If they’d like to make their own dreidel, have them give these two options a spin:
- Simple and easy: Print, cut, and fold a paper dreidel that spins on a pencil (and learn the rules of the game) with this two-page Hanukkah Dreidel Game worksheet
- Get crafty: Use these instructions to Make a Clay Dreidel out of modeling clay! Budding sculptors will love using their tactile skills to put together a traditional dreidel they can use every year.
The first step of any celebration is the decor! Encourage kids to decorate their space with a festive Hanukkah Banner. Then, they can customize these Hanukkah Cards and hand them out to their loved ones, giving them a hug in paper form! Both crafts are printable and have instructions for coloring, cutting, and folding.
This mini book is for the littlest kids! Teach young ones about the meaning and traditions of Hanukkah with a three-page Little Book of Hanukkah Traditions, with tracing, coloring, and counting activities to keep the holiday fun going!
Learn about latkes! This Making Latkes worksheet challenges children to arrange the steps of a recipe in its correct order. It’s a great way to introduce little chefs to cooking—and it all ends with a spud-tacular treat!
Tzedakah (the Hebrew word for “righteousness”) is the act of giving. Jewish families place tzedakah boxes in their homes and synagogues to collect money to give to charitable causes. Using some common household supplies and a little imagination, children can fashion their first Tzedakah Box and collect coins to give to a charitable cause.
Celebrate with science! This ingenious activity helps kids explore data and the science of light over the eight nights of Hanukkah. Every night, as your child adds a new candle to the menorah to represent the miracle of Hanukkah, they can chart the time the candle takes to burn and use the scientific process to make a hypothesis about their experiment’s results.
7. So many menorahs!
Light up the 8 nights of Hanukkah with your child by crafting a kid-friendly menorah out of unconventional materials. There are countless unique options to choose from:
Capture the light and colors of the season with a suncatcher! Using construction paper, contact paper, and markers, your child can assemble a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that brightens even the coldest winter days.
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