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Hanukkah Craft Kits

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Fun Craft Kits for Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights

Every year when it is time for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, I like to shop for special craft items for my class to use to make gifts and cards for their families. Over the years, there has been marked improvement in the choices available. With my older daughter, when I wanted to make Hanukkah crafts at home, it was hard to find anything in the stores, and the internet was in it’s infancy.  I was left to creating what I could out of household items and teaching templates.

Hanukkah Craft Kits for Kids

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Things are so much different now than they were back in the late 1990’s. As a Hebrew School teacher, there are so many items I can buy for my students so they can craft during the holiday season that I could spend a small fortune. My younger children have also benefited from the plethora of craft supplies that are now available for them to use.  We have spent many days together when they were younger making personal gifts for members of our family.

Here are some of the craft kits that you can use during the holiday season.

Why Make Hanukkah Crafts?

One of my favorite book series is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.  In the sixth book of the series, The Long Winter, Laura manages to make Christmas presents for her family from the yarn and fabric scraps they have around the house where they live.  At the end of the book, when the Christmas barrel arrives many months later, Ma give Laura all of the beautiful crafting materials inside, as she used all of her things up to make things for the family.

This is how it used to be.  Gifts were made by hand and were given from the heart.  Even today, when we can easily purchase a gift card or ready made item, crafting serves many purposes. 

Foam Hanukkah Craft Kits

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Crafting saves money!   When you sit down to make something, you are not in the stores or online shopping and spending money that you do not have.  

Busy hands also are not eating because they are bored.  It is a great way to save calories!

Sitting down and crafting with your children is quality time with your child.  They won’t remember that toy your bought them and then got bored with it, but they will remember the times you spent together doing something they wanted to do.

Making something by hand also teaches children the  valuable lesson that love doesn’t come from a big box store…it can come from their own two hands. Many grandparents already have enough stuff in their house and do not need anything more.  But a keepsake made from their grandchild is priceless.

The Hanukkah Menorah or Chanukiyah

Hanukkah is known as “the Festival of Lights”.  We light a hanukkah menorah or chanukiyah each night at sundown for eight consecutive nights.  This is to remind Jews of the miracle of the oil, when one night lasted for eight.

Here are some Hanukkah craft kits that children would love to receive.

Magic Color Scratch Dreidels

Kids have always loved doing scratch art, and this set of 12 scratch off dreidels is an easy craft for kids to do in their own.
 It comes with the dreidel, the wooden scratch tools and 24 ribbons.


Hanukkah Foam Shapes for Crafts

This box of Hanukkah foam shapes are so easy for kids to use. They are peel and stick-no messy glue to use! My preschool and first grade classes use these each year for an assortment of cards an other projects that I do with them.

Baking is Crafting, Too!

Chanukah Cupcake Decorating Set Hanukkah Accessories
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Unleash your child's creativity with this cupcake baking kit. Not only is baking a great way to gently introduce math skills, children can make any kind of cupcake flavor they want. They can also create their own icing and make each sweet treat stand on its own with different decorations.

This kit will help your child create the perfect Hanukkah cupcake!

Do You Have a Little Dreidel?

If you want to make the music director of my synagogue meshugana (crazy) during the Hanukkah season, just hum the Dreidel Song near her.  It drives her nuts because non-Jews think that this is the only Hanukkah song around, and there is nothing further from the truth! Contemporary Jewish music is filled with pop songs and beautiful ballads that tell the tale of this holiday in a meaningful way that kids and adults can appreciate.

The Dreidel Song is popular because this is one of the iconic symbols of the holiday.  The dreidel is a top that has four sides, each with a Hebrew letter, Nun, Gimmel, Hay and Shin. The letters stand for the Hebrew phrase Nes Gadol Haya Sham, which means in English "A great miracle happend there."  In Israel, the Shin is replaced with the letter Po (the Hebrew letter Pay) because the miracle happened in Israel, and Po means "here" in English.

The drediel game is easy to play.  Everyone starts off with a bunch of coins or other small objects to be used to put into the "pot" (middle).  Everyone puts on item in the pot and then the person spins the dreidel. Depending on the letter, the person has to do the following:

Nun-You get nothing

Gimmel-You get everything in the pot

Hay-The player gets half the pot.  If in the case of an odd number, the player gets the greater amount.

Shin-Every player puts one item in the pot.

When you are out of coins or chips, then you are out of the game. The winner is the person who has all of the coins from everyone!

Make Your Own Dreidel Craft Kit

Hanukkah Plaster Draydel Making Craft Kit
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(price as of Aug 12, 2016)
This kit includes everything you need to make two plastic drediels.

Make Your Own Hanukkah Candles

Rite Lite LTD Create Your Own Beeswax Candles
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This is a fantastic family project to do right before the holiday begins. Making your own candles is fun and you can have some terrific family time in anticipation of the Festival of Lights.


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