Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and this year it begins on December 12 at sun down. The story of Hanukkah is about a miracle in which one day’s worth of oil burned for 8 days after Jewish temples were destroyed. The menorah is essentially a candle holder that holds 9 candles: one for each day the oil lasted and a 9th candle to light all the other candles.
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not this activity is a fun way to work on counting and to learn about another cultural ritual.

 

P. S. If you don’t celebrate Hanukkah I highly recommend making a Jewish friend for some yummy Hanukkah latkes!

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Paper Plates

*Clothes Pins

*Markers

*Washable Paint

*Paint brushes

*Scissors

Step #1

 

Paint 9 clothespins.
Step #2

Fold 3 paper plates in half.

Step #3

Trim two of the plates on the curve.

Step #4

Cut a slit in the curved edge on the two trimmed plates.

Step #5

Slide the curved edge of the large plate in the slits so that the menorah stands.

 

You may have to open the “feet” of the menorah a little bit to make the base bigger for it to stand.

 

Step #6

Clip the clothespins on the top of the menorah to serves as candles.

Teacher Tip

You can add some math to this by writing numbers 1-9 on the clothespins and counting as you clip them on the menorah.

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