Chanukah Arts & Crafts


The chanukiah has room for nine candles, which are lit immediately after dark (except on Friday evening when they should be lit just before lighting the Shabbat candles). One candle, the tallest, is called the shamash or "servant." Each night of Chanukah, the shamash is lit and then used to light the other candles. On the fight night, light the shamash and one candle. On the second night, light the shamash and two candles, and so on. Add the candles to the Chanukkiah from right to left, but light them from left to right.

Some families buy a small menorah for each child or, as they get older, allow them to make or pick one out for themselves. In this way, children can really feel that they have their own part in the nightly ritual.

Try making this menorah with your children.

You Will Need: one 11×21/2×1?2-inch piece of wood with smooth sides; tempera paint in individual containers; paint brushes; nine 3?8-inch hex nuts to fit your Chanukah candles; 9 pennies; 10 colored wooden spools; small wooden squares or tiles; large glitter sequins and glitter; craft glue; and spray adhesive.

• Paint the wood. Apply glitter now, if desired. Let the paint dry. Adults can then spray the wood with adhesive to help the glitter stick. Let the wood dry thoroughly.

• Glue the nine wooden spools, in a row, along the top of the wood. For the shamash candle, glue a second spool on top of one other spool so that the shamash candle stands above the rest.

• Using glue, top each spool with a penny and then a bolt.

• Decorate the remaining painted wood as you wish with glued-on wooden squares, sequins, etc.

• Let the menorah dry thoroughly.

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Here's an idea for sponge-painted wrapping paper for those Chanukah presents.

You Will Need: Sponges cut into Chanukah shapes (dreidel, Star of David, menorah, etc.); cookie cutters; styrofoam meat trays; tempera paint – one color in each foam tray; large pieces of paper (white, newspaper or colored paper); newspaper; glitter.

• Cover your table with newspaper. Give each child a piece of paper. Moisten the sponges and squeeze out excess water. Lay out the sponges, cookie cutters and the paint trays.

• Dip the sponges into paint, scrape excess off on edge of the tray, and make prints on the paper.

• Try using more than one color per sponge. Sprinkle glitter on the wet paint.



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