Hanukkah is just a month away, and with that comes a number of fun activities that you can do with your kids. Of course, this will also serve as the perfect moment to bond with your family while celebrating the festival at the same time.
Aside from making fun decorations, food, and crafts, you can also create memories that last. When your kids experience making their own dreidels or menorahs, they can develop a deeper and stronger connection for this holiday. Now, let us get started with fun and easy Hanukkah activities for kids.
1. Tzedakah Box
Hanukkah is the perfect time to teach tzedakah to children. You can work with your kids by making a tzedakah box and filling it with spare coins. You can make them involved by asking them what charity they want to help.
Besides the tzedakah box, you can ask them to check if they have any old toys they want to donate. Letting them choose a toy to give as a present or volunteering at an animal shelter can be other fun but meaningful Hanukkah activities.
2. Hanukkah Activity Books
A really fun and sometimes educational way to spend creative screen-free quality time is with activity books. It can be a joint activity or a solo one that will free you to fry some latkes, depends on your kids reading level and age. Here at thethemeparty.com we created a colorful activity book that also has tones of fun facts and small stories about the holiday and its costumes.
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3. Lego Menorah
If your kids like building things from legos, you can give them a fun challenge by creating a menorah from legos. At the tip of every candle, they can add a Lego brick for the flame. This menorah can be “lighted up” every night. This is another great project that lets kids have ownership of Hanukkah.
4. Dreidel Marshmallows
On this holiday, it is alright to satisfy your family’s sweet cravings. Making dreidel marshmallows is the ideal dessert for you and your kids to make. First, you frost marshmallow pieces with icing and cover them in blue sprinkles. Then, add some chocolate kiss top and dipped pretzel rod, and you have yummy dreidel treats. See the full instructions here.
5. Recycled Dreidel Paper Dolls
These dolls are virtually perfect for kids of all ages. A child that can grip a crayon can do this. You can create these dolls in advance and use them as Hanukkah decorations. You can also do this after lighting the menorah. Then, you and your family can hang these together.
6. Chocolate Gelt
Another homemade Hanukkah-inspired treat you can create is chocolate coins. You can let your kids pour melted chocolate in molds and ask them to put icing, sprinkles, or nuts. These are perfect for this celebration because they are wrapped in gold foil. Also, you are in control of what ingredients to use. There are no artificial flavors or preservatives.
7. Cardboard Tube Favors
If you have guests coming over for Hanukkah, they can have this DIY party favor as a remembrance. With a few cardboard tubes from empty bath tissue rolls, you can let your kids put small gifts and candies inside the tubes. Then, wrap the tubes using vibrant and finish them by placing a bow. This is great for kids because not only this project is no-sew but also another way to experience the spirit of gift-giving.
8. Origami Dreidels
Origami, which is a form of Japanese paper art, is one of the best Hanukkah crafts for kids. That is because what you only need is paper, but the results are impressive. Your kids can try making origami dreidels from used gift wrapping paper. Then, you can insert a wooden matchstick at the opening on the top, and it is ready to spin.
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9. Stained-Glass Menorah
This Hanukkah activity needs the use of a sharp knife. However, after cutting, you can let your kids decorate. They can put colored tissue paper at the back of a cut construction paper menorah. Encourage your kids to have fun with the colors and patterns. When it is done, you can hang it in a window so that light can pass through. Check full instructions here.
10. Dreidel Banner
Another project you can create from felt is a sturdy dreidel banner. You can use this again in the coming years. You can choose the monochromatic hues of blue to make it look beautiful. Your kids can hone their scissor skills by cutting small designs for every dreidel and layering after. You can use the banner as a frame for your door or hang it on the railing of your stairs.
11. Cardboard Menorah
To make free-standing candles, you cut 9 empty cardboard tubes and arrange these to create a beautiful menorah. You can make it more extra by putting a candle on the empty top of a tube. Your kids can add the decorations and put some cardboard flame with glitter every night.
12. Hanukkah Lights
You can make these DIY Hanukkah lights to make your walkway bright. You can use a triangle-shaped cookie cutter to paint a Star of David on white paper bags. You just flip and overlap the cutter. Then, put some artificial plastic tea lights in the paper bags. These are safe and good Hanukkah decorative pieces.
13. Menorah Handprint
You can make the Hanukkah celebration this year extra special for your kids by imprinting their painted hands on a piece of white paper to make the shape of a menorah. They can decorate these after and put their names.
14. Paper Star of David
For this project, you need a durable paper plate since this will act as the base. Next, you place six equidistant holes around the edge and put a gold yarn string through the holes. Loop the yarn to make a Star of David. You can ask your kids to help you work on the string. Then, you can hang these anywhere in your house for the duration of the celebration.
Making a paper dreidel is one of the easiest, fun, suitable for all ages activity. Plus, it turns out so beautiful we usually end up hanging them around the house.
15. Menorah Tape
This papercraft glows because masking tapes are slightly transparent. You pick out or paint a background. Place some tape strips to make a geometric form of a menorah. Kids can dip their fingers in yellow paint to make flames every Hanukkah night.
16. Hanukkah House
A gingerbread house for Hanukkah? Yes, you read that right. This house is beautiful, and you can use it as a holiday decoration as long as your kids do not get tempted to eat it. You can buy a gingerbread house kit with white and blue frosting and candy to keep it in theme.
17. Star of David Popsicle Sticks
With just simple materials such as metallic paint and glue, you and your kids can make this effortless Hanukkah craft. You can ask your kids to make a few pieces to make Hanukkah decorations or enhance holiday decors at home.
18. Hanukkah Wreath
Your Hannukah guests will be amazed when a homemade wreath welcomes them. To make this, you need a styrofoam ring wrapped in a blue mesh ribbon. Your kids can help by adding dreidels and Stars of David. A tip to make your wreath more memorable is to add dimension by twisting some metallic ribbon.
Finally, you have some ideas for crafts, decorations, and treats you can have for Hanukkah. Everyone in your family will surely enjoy the experience and bonding of this special celebration. We hope that these can make your next Hanukkah celebration extra special.
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