Hanukkah is a celebration of customs which are performed over an eight day celebration. The traditions are shared with others in the community, while some are based around family. Many people will exchange gifts each night. Most of the gifts are small, like a book or board games. Each night, a candle is lit on the menorah from left to right, and it must burn at least 30 minutes after darkness falls. Children love the festivities surrounding the holiday, and they can contribute to its significance by creating crafts.
Popsicle Stick Star of David – All you will need for this craft are six popsicle sticks for each child, blue paint, and glue sticks. Have them paint the popsicle sticks blue, then let them dry completely. Next, have them glue three of the sticks in a triangle shape, and do the same with the remaining three sticks. Have them place the triangles across each other in the shape of the Star of David, and glue in place. They can make several to tie together to hang across a window, doorway, mantel, or in their room.
Milk Container Dreidel – Using a single serving milk carton, a popsicle stick, paint color of their choice, and a glitter pen, they can easily make a dreidel. Wash the empty milk carton and dry with a towel. Insert the popsicle stick into the bottom of the milk carton (you may need to help them cut it) to make a handle. Have them paint the milk carton in their color of choice. They may need to use two coats for it to completely cover. After it is dry, have them add the Hebrew letters, Nun, Hay, Gimel, and Shin to the sides of the carton with the glitter pen. If you do not have a glitter pen, you can substitute white glue and loose glitter to add the letters.