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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?...

Chanukah Games, Recipes and Crafts for Kids

With eight nights, you’ll find plenty of time for Chanukah activities with your child. From cooking to games, your child can have all kinds of holiday fun (each and every night). If you’re looking for a few family-friendly ideas, check these out! Dreidel The traditional holiday spinning top game is hours of fun for kids of all age. The kids can spin the dreidel (each side has a different Hebrew letter on it), after adding to the collective ‘pot’. Give the kids something simple to add, such as raisins, small pieces of chocolate or gummi candies. If the dreidel lands...

Menorah Kids’ Crafts for Hanukkah

You light the menorah on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. As you add a flame to each candle, your young child sits back and watches. Obviously, your preschooler is too little to handle to real candles (with flames). Instead of feeling left out, include your child with her own handmade menorah. When you light each candle on the real deal, she can add a tissue paper or construction paper flame to hers. Check out these crafty Hanukkah menorah ideas. Cardboard Tubes Recycle and reuse those paper towel tubes, and turn them into a faux menorah. Cut the tubes...

Craft Stick Dreidel Art Activity

You’ve got eight nights to celebrate Hanukkah! That means eight opportunities to get artsy with the kids. If you’re looking for a holiday craft, this dreidel project lets the kids get creative while learning about Hanukkah. Use the finished dreidel as a holiday decoration, frame it or make a few just for fun! Your child can also use a hole punch to pierce the tops of the dreidels, add yarn and make a mobile. Materials: Thick craft sticks Card stock paper Tempera paint A paintbrush Scissors A marker Clear-drying school glue Instructions: Glue five or six craft sticks to the...

Hanukkah Dreidel Garland Craft

Celebrate Hanukkah with some festive décor! Instead of buying holiday decorations, the kids can help you craft your own homemade ones. A dreidel garland is easy to create, but still adds a splash of holiday spirit. As a bonus, this art activity helps your child to learn basic shapes. After the crafting is done, hang the dreidel garland up on a wall, around a window or on the edge of the dining room table. Materials: Card stock paper Cardboard Markers Scissors A hole punch Ribbon or yarn Instructions: Make a dreidel template. Use one edge of a piece of card...