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5 Hanukkah Books for Your Young Child

Your child has all kinds of questions about Hanukkah. And you have answers. At least, some answers. If you want to help your child to learn more about the holiday, these books can help you to explain the story and some of the traditions. Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer and Tiphanie Beeke. Animal-lovers will enjoy this sweet story. A rescue dog has to learn his new home’s rules, and the Hanukkah traditions too! Elmo’s Little Dreidel by Naomi Kleinberg and Christopher Moroney. Your kiddo’s favorite little red monster is here to teach a Hanukkah lesson. If your toddler...

Hanukkah Menorah Crafts for Kids

Lighting the menorah is one of the most well-known traditions of Hanukkah. But with young children, it can get tricky. The flames, the fire risk and the possibility of burns may make you shy away from lighting the candles. If your little ones aren’t exactly candle-ready, try these no-fire mock menorah options. You can still go ahead and light the real thing (even though you’re making a flameless menorah too) — just keep the candles far away from your child. Cardboard Tubes Reuse cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls, turning them into faux candles. Paint the outsides, line them up...

Easy Hanukkah Holiday Treats

Celebrate each of Hanukkah’s eight nights with a festive, and family-friendly, food. You don’t have to prep a full multi-course dinner for each night. Instead try these snacks, desserts and other holiday treats. And bonus, the kids can help you to make these super-simple recipes! Cut-Out Cookies Make a menorah — with cookies. Use cookie cutters to make rectangle and oval shapes. Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookies or use a mix. After baking the cookies, and letting them cool, frost them. The rectangles will be the menorah’s base and the candles, with the ovals as flames....

8 Nights of Kids’ Hanukkah Art

Get crafty this Hanukkah and help the kids create awesome holiday art. You have eight nights to get artsy and try out paint, clay, collage and other types of projects with your kids. Paint Print Menorah: Cut apart a kitchen sponge and use it to paint print a colorful menorah. Your child can dip the sponges in tempera and press them onto a piece of paper to create the holiday art. Pipe Cleaner Menorah: If paint isn’t on the artsy agenda, have your child twist pipe cleaners into a menorah shape instead. Dreidel Drawing: Are you looking for something simple?...

Christmas Gift Wrap Crafts for Kids

It’s almost time for Christmas. And that means you have more than a few gifts to wrap. Before running out and buying roll after roll of wrapping paper, get crafty and have the kids create their own. From boxes and bags to sheets of artsy gift wrap, you can treat the grandparents, aunts and uncles or anyone else who is special in your child’s life to these cute creations. Paint Prints Cut a kitchen sponge into triangle shapes, dip it into green tempera paint and press it onto plain white gift wrap. What do you get? Crafty Christmas tree paper!...

Children’s Books for Sukkot

The Jewish holiday Sukkot, or the “Feast of Booths”, celebrates the gathering of the harvest. If your child isn’t exactly sure what this holiday is, a picture book can help you explain Sukkot in simple, easy to understand terms. Read a book, or a few, together and talk about what the holiday means to you. Check out these kid-friendly reads that all focus on Sukkot. Sukkot is Coming! By Tracy Newman: This illustrated children’s book features an array of information. Your kiddo can learn about shaking the lulav and building the sukkah. This pick is best for older toddlers and...

Yom Kippur Tzedakah Activities for Kids

Celebrate Yom Kippur by giving to charity. This tradition, known as tzedakah, is something that both kids and adult can do. Gather the family and mark this very special holiday with a few charitable acts. What can you do? Check out these tzedakah ideas! Food Pantry When you’re at the grocery store, buying food to break the holiday fast, pick up a few extra items. Whether it’s canned food or some other non-perishable item, pack a bag and bring it to the local food pantry. If you’re not sure what they need, call ahead and ask what the high-demand items are....

Yom Kippur Break the Fast Recipes

The Jewish holiday Yom Kippur is known as the holiest day of the year. Unlike other world holidays that include plenty of food and drink, people observing Yom Kippur fast (for 24 hours). If you’re fasting this holiday, breaking the fast doesn’t exactly mean indulging in a mega-meal. Overdoing it with too much heavy food can lead to digestive issues — especially after abstaining from food for a full day and night. Instead of making a meal to end all meals, check out these ‘break the fast’ ideas that are easy n your stomach and tasty too! Fruit Kugel While...

Rosh Hashanah New Year’s Apple Card

The holiday Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year. Your child can wish family members and friends a “Happy New Year” with a cute card. This kids’ craft is easy to adapt and perfect for children in preschool and up. Apples are a popular food to eat for the Jewish New Year. Go with an apples theme, and have your child print “A” is for apple cards that she can give away! Materials Modeling clay Card stock paper Cardboard Scissors Green tissue paper Red tempera paint Clear-drying school glue Markers How-To Steps Cut a piece of white card stock paper...

Rosh Hashanah Challah Sandwiches

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with an easy challah recipe. No, you don’t actually need to bake the challah yourself. Well, you can if you’re skilled in this area. But if you’re looking for a simple recipe that the kids will enjoy (and can even help to make), check these challah sandwich ideas out. Apples and Honey Dipping apples in honey is a popular Rosh Hashana holiday tradition. Along with dipping slices into a pool of honey, you can use this idea in a challah sandwich. Peel and thinly slice an apple. Smother sliced, toasted challah bread with a layer of honey...