This Hanukkah Activities Theme page is all about this Jewish holiday which is celebrated for eight days. This celebration of the Festival of Lights is the time of recalling the miracle in Jerusalem when a small amount of purified oil lasted eight days. This celebration time is one for giving and sharing with others. Some of the symbols of this holiday are the menorah and the dreidel.
A Hanukkah Activities Theme for Preschool that includes Hanukkah songs, games and activities! This page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!
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Hanukkah Activities Theme Art
Make a Menorah
Materials needed: poster board, birthday candles (9 per child), nuts (as in the kind that go with screws or bolts) to fit candles in (10 per child), craft glue (not school glue) and a hot glue gun.
The holder that holds the candles is called the Menorah. There are 9 lights on it, with the middle one called the shammash. This is the helper candle and is a little taller than the others.
Each night, the shammash is lit and used to light the other candles.
So on day 3 of Hanukkah, 3 candles AND the shammesh are lit that evening.
Give each child a strip of poster board or sturdy tag board. Have them print their name on it as best they can.
Squeeze a line of glue down the center of the strip.
The children place nine nuts next to each other. With a hot glue gun--the teacher or adult glues a second nut on top of the middle one (or the 5th nut in the row).
The children squeeze a little glue in the hole of each nut and place a birthday candle in.
Hanukkah Activities Theme Handprints
Materials needed: white paper, fingerpaint, brushes, fingerpaint paper, crayon
Have the children print their name on the paper as best they can.
The children choose different colors for their fingers (or all the same if they want).
Paint their fingers (but not their thumbs).
Have them press their hands and fingers side by side on the paper. These are the 8 candles of the menorah.
Now have them use one finger (or the brush) to make the middle candle, the shammesh.
Put aside to dry and direct children to a table that you have placed fingerpaint paper on for them to extend their sensory fun!
My Dreidel Top
Materials needed: either 1/2 pint milk containers (one per child) or a small, square gift box with cover (again, 1 per child); construction paper squares, markers, glue sticks, sharpened pencils.
If using milk cartons, fold and tape the tops down to make a square. If using boxes, glue the cover in place with a glue gun.
Either trace squares on construction paper for the children to cut out (great scissor practice!) or precut the squares.
The children decorate each square with markers and crayons.
The children glue a square on each side of the carton or box.
Insert a sharpened pencil into the box (short pencils) to be the spinner so they can spin it like a top!
Potato Art Prints
Materials needed: Potatoes cut in half; shallow trays of paint; paper
The children dip the potatoes into the paint to make designs on their papers.
VARIATION: If you are so inclined, cut shapes into the potato halves, like a dreidel shape or star of David shape!
Star of David
Materials needed: Triangle stencils (I made them from a manila folder); markers; scissors; construction paper; white paper; glue sticks
Have the children trace and cut out 2 triangles from the color of construction paper they choose (or, we provided yellow paper).
The children then move the 2 triangles around to make the star. Teach them what the word "invert" means as you tell them to "invert" one star on top of the other.
Build a Menorah (Thank you, Amber, for this idea!)
Provide a picture or poster of a menorah in the block area and at least 8 cylinder shaped blocks or containers wrapped to symbolize candles. Encourage students to build a menorah using a variety of wooden shaped blocks and the "candles" provided.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Hanukkah activities themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Honey and Spice Cookies
Ingredients needed: 1/2 cup margarine (softened); 1 egg; 1/2 cup dark brown sugar; 1/2 cup hone; 2 1/2 cups flour; 2 t ground ginger; 1 t baking soda; 1 t cinnamon; 1 t nutmeg; 1/2 t salt; 1/4 t ground cloves
Mix margarine and sugar.
Beat in honey and egg until combined.
In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
Add to honey mixture.
Beat on low until well blended.
Cover dough; chill from 1 hour to 3 days
Heat oven to 350F.
Grease cookie sheets.
Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick
Cut into shapes (dreidel, menorah, star).
Place on greased cookie shet about 1 inch apart
Back for 7 minutes. Cool
This makes about 1 dozen cookies.
After cutting out shapes, reroll the scraps left over to make more cookies!
Ingredients: 6 medium potatoes; 1 egg; 3 T flour; 1/2 t baking powder
Have the children help you will all of these steps!
Wash the potatoes with a vegetable brush.
Cut the potatoes in half. Help the children grate them on a grater (no, do not peel them!).
Mixe the grated potatoes in a large bowl with the egg.
Add the flour and baking powder.
Now this part is done by an adult:
Drop by the spoonful into hot cooking oil in a friying pan. Brown on both sides.
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