This Hanukkah Activities Preschool 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
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.
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.
night, the shammash is lit and used to light the other candles.
on day 3 of Hanukkah, 3 candles AND the shammesh are lit that evening.
each child a strip of poster board or sturdy tag board. Have them print
their name on it as best they can.
a line of glue down the center of the strip.
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
children squeeze a little glue in the hole of each nut and place a birthday
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!
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.
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