By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
During Hanukkah, children of the Jewish faith receive gifts of coins, called gelt, the Yiddish word for money. Make a gelt bag to learn about this tradition.
What you'll need:
- 6” x 4” piece of navy blue felt
- 6” x 6” piece of white felt
- ½” x 6” strip of light blue felt
- 6 flat wooden circles
- Gold craft paint
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Paint the wood circles with gold paint and set aside to dry.
- Fold navy blue piece of felt in half to form the bag. Pipe glue up both sides, placing the light blue strip in the open corners of the felt. Press sides together and let dry.
- Cut out two triangles from white felt, triangles should be small enough to fit on the front of the felt bag, about 1.5-2” in width. Cut the centers of the triangles out as well.
- Glue one triangle, point side up, to the front of the blue bag. Glue the other triangle, point side down, on top of the first triangle, creating the Star of David.
- Fill bag with gold painted circles (coins).
- Use a black felt-tipped marker to decorate the coins with monetary values, drawings of people, or anything you like! Discuss the tradition of gelt while making this project.
- Stock up on felt when you go to the discount department store or craft store as it's inexpensive and fun!
- You can find wood circles at your local craft supply store, or you may substitute wood circles with yellow craft foam circles.