Parental supervision is recommended
Celebrate Hanukkah with this Menorah decoration craft that's fun for kids to make and use. This straightforward holiday activity is a delightful way to observe an ancient tradition.
What you'll need:
- Pattern (below)
- Crayons or markers
- Construction paper, optional
- Con-Tact paper, optional
How to make it:
Read all the directions before starting, so you can decide which way you would like to color your flames.
Step 1 - Print the picture
Step 2 - Color
Color the menorah and the candles. You can choose to wait for Hanukkah to add flames to the candles. You can also add decorations around the menorah, or cut it out and glue it to a brightly colored piece of construction paper.
Step 3 - Hang up your finished artwork
You're done, hang your picture on the wall or in a window!
Optional candle 'lighting' during Hanukkah
If you wish, leave all the candles unlit until Hanukkah, and then color a flame each night. If the child is going to use markers to color the flames, be sure to place a heavy piece of paper behind the menorah to prevent the marker from seeping through and getting the wall!
As an alternative to crayons or markers, you might be able to buy some sparkle 'glue' and let the child draw on sparkle flames.
Another alternative is to make nine flames using the technique in our Sparkling Dreidel Project. Then glue them to the picture each night.
Flames can also be made out of shiny gold or silver wrapping paper.
If you'd like to save your picture to use again next year, get it laminated or apply clear Con-Tact paper to it. You should be able to draw on it with crayons, tape paper flames or tape sparkling flames to it. (Use a rolled up piece of tape behind the flames) You can also use peel-and-stick Velcro and apply it to the laminated picture and to the backs of the flames.