Coming up you have eight days to celebrate the wonderful holiday of Hanukkah. What are you going to do each day to teach your children about Jewish Holiday Traditions? Well of course you are going to make latkes, give out gelt, play and sing dreidel songs, and maybe even bake some sufganiyot. Here are a few Hanukkah art projects to add to your next few days as well. Get decorating and enjoy!
Decorative Star of David
- Glue popsicle sticks together in the shape of The Star of David, like the picture to the right.
- Put out a bowl of beads, buttons, and/or gems for the kids to decorate their Star of David.
- Offer them elmers glue and glitter glue to decorate.
- When it’s dry, tie a string on and hang it up on the front door.
3D Dreidel Hanukkah Art Project
- Draw or print out this 3D dreidel shape. Cut four to six out and draw, unless you have an older child who can cut it himself.
- Let the kids decorate the the dreidels with paint, markers, and/or stickers. You can show them some of the Hebrew letters that are written on the four sides of the dreidel.
- After it’s dry, pierce 1/3 of a pipe cleaner through the top square part; fold the pipe cleaner so it doesn’t slip out. Then fold on the dotted lines and tape the top closed.
- Finally tie a string to each pipe cleaner and connect all the dreidels. Hang them to decorate above a door, fireplace, or on the side of a stairwell.
Menorah Stained Window Glass
- Cut an 8.5 by 11 piece of clear contact paper and stick it to one side of the menorah. You can put the wax paper side back on until the kids are ready for the Hanukkah Art Project.
- Cut up square pieces of colored tissue paper. I offered blue, yellow, and orange.
- Then have the kids decorate the sticky side of the menorah with multiple colors and gold glitter if they want as well.
What materials did your child use to decorate their Star of David? How did all your Hanukkah Art Projects come out? We hope you enjoy a well decorated house for the holiday season! For gifts the children can make loved ones check out this blog.
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Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and works for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as the eLearning Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her son, going for walks with her husband and dog, and discovering local wineries in New England.