Hanukkah's coming up next week and there are some fun ways to get in the spirit while spending quality time with your kids. One simple project is making a paper menorah.
Even if you're not Jewish, doing this activity can teach your child about other religions and traditions. To see how to do this activity step by step and learn more about the menorah,
You will need these supplies:
- Two pieces of blank paper
- A pen or pencil
- A piece of paper at least as big as your paper
- Blue glitter
Now to get started, here are your steps.
- Either draw a menorah or cheat, like I did, and download one from the Internet and print it out.
- Place the drawing on top of the foil and trace it. It will leave an outline on the foil for you to cut around.
- You guessed it! Cut around the traced outline of the menorah. You have to be careful since the foil can tear easily.
- When you have your silver menorah cut out, place some glue on the back of it and paste it down to the plain white piece of paper.
- Draw the flames for the candles atop each candle holder.
- Fill in the flames with glue. You can let it go outside the lines and get a little messy.
- Sprinkle the blue glitter on the glue.
- Shake off the glitter and you're done. A masterpiece has revealed itself!
The Hanukkah menorah is called a Hanukiyah. It has nine candle holders. There are eight candles, one for each night of Hanukkah. The ninth is called the Shamash and is used to light the other candles. The Shamash is lit first and then is used to light the other candles. The candles are placed in the menorah from right to left. But when the candles are lit, you light from left to right.
Have fun with all the glitter and glue!