Category Archives: Hanukkah

Holiday Wish Cards

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Recycle and transform common household materials into special messages of hope, thanks and good wishes for the winter season and/or New Year!

Goals:

  • To encourage children to recycle common items for creative uses
  • To promote a “greener” craft/activity for children
  • To create special messages and wishes for the new year ahead

Before You Start:
Have children gather empty cereal and cracker boxes or other dry food packaging made of cardboard from home. (Colorations® construction paper will also work for this activity.) Cut small squares of wrapping paper (recycled from other uses if possible), foil and fabric beforehand. Prepare small bowls with glue, and provide ribbon, rick rack, glitter, stickers and other decorative items. Set out a variety of Colorations® crayons, markers and colored pencils, scissors and one-hole punches. The teacher may also want to prepare a few templates of holiday shapes ahead of time for the children to trace onto their cardboard materials.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have children cut their cardboard packages into squares to use for their cards. The children can also draw or trace other shapes and cut out from the packaging.

Step 2.
Help them punch a hole in the top of their cards. Show how to string a piece of ribbon or rick rack through the hole and tie into a loop for hanging.

Step 3.
Have children cover the side of their cardboard shapes that has the pictures/logo and writing with the wrapping paper, foil and/or fabric. Encourage them to experiment with layering the different textures and colors as they glue them on.

Step 4.
Continue embellishing cards with ribbon, rick rack, glitter and other items on top if they wish.

Step 5.
On the opposite side, have the children write a special message of cheer, hope, thanks and wishes for the season and/or New Year. The teacher may need to help younger children.

Step 6.
Now everyone has their own one-of-a-kind cards to hang up and display around the classroom!

Furthermore:
ather children at circle time and take turns sharing what they wrote on their cards. This is a great opportunity for a social/emotional-themed lesson that incorporates the different messages they wrote.

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Merry Air Putty Ornaments

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These ornaments are quick, easy and fun holiday gifts!

Goals:

  • To create unique ornaments for the holidays
  • To encourage imagination and creativity
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Colorations® Super Lightweight Air-Dry Putty, rolling pins, paper clips and Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Using Colorations® Lightweight Air-Dry Putty, knead and roll out with a plastic rolling pin.

Step 2.
Select holiday themed cutters.

Step 3.
Press cutter into putty, remove and separate from cutter.

Step 4.
Take a regular paper clip and unbend once.

Step 5.
Attach paper clip to what you want to be the back side of your ornament. You might want to gently knead some of the putty over the top of the clip to provide extra support as the paper clip serves as a hook.

Step 6.
Allow putty to dry 24 hours then personalize by painting with Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint.

Step 7.
You can also decorate using, glitter, glitter paint, sequins, yarn, cording or rhinestones!

Furthermore:
Discuss circle shapes with the children. What attributes do all circles have in common? What are some everyday items that are shaped like circles?

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BioColor® Ornaments

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A great holiday project the children will enjoy!

Goals:

  • To create a beautiful, unique ornament as a keepsake or gift
  • To encourage creativity and fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather all the items needed for this activity: BioColor® Ornaments, BioColor® paint, BioColor® Shimmer Powder in gold and silver, yarn or ribbon for stringing. When setting out the ornament halves, be sure to clearly label the two different sides; make sure children choose one of each side so that their ornament will fit together correctly.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Use plastic ornaments available from Discount School Supply.

Step 2.
Place a tablespoon of BioColor® in each half – use 2-4 vibrant colors plus a little white.

Step 3.
With a dry brush, add a generous amount of BioColor® gold and silver Shimmer Powder in each half.

Step 4.
Put the halves together, shake, turning ornament to coat inside.

Step 5.
Separate the halves and allow to dry completely.

Step 6.
When dry, put halves together and secure with a ribbon or string for hanging. These ornaments are great for gifts and decorating during the winter holiday season.

Furthermore:
These ornaments are wonderful for decorating during the holiday season and also make great gifts or keepsakes.

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Hanukkah Table Centerpiece

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Submitted by: Jennifer Galvin

What better way to decorate your table this Hanukkah season than with a centerpiece you have designed yourself. With a white place mat, felt, some fabric paint, and a candle flame sponge, you can design a wonderful centerpiece to decorate your table for all the nights of Hanukkah. And, as an extra bonus, you can “light” a candle on your centerpiece every night with a bit of yellow fabric paint. Children that are too young to actually light real candles will enjoy this craft where they too can “light” a menorah and thus begin to learn about the menorah and Hanukkah traditions.

Goal:

  • Create a festive table decoration for Hanukkah

Before You Start:
Materials: A plain fabric place mat, yellow fabric paint, a sponge, scissors, yellow felt, blue felt and Tacky glue. Before doing the craft with your class or family, make enough felt menorahs and sponge “flames” for each child. Older children may be able to cut out the menorahs and flames for themselves, but younger children may need help with these parts of the activity.

Provide each child with a menorah, a place mat, blue felt, and scissors. Have tacky glue, blue and yellow fabric paint, scissors, and sponges available in the middle of the table for children to share.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Create a menorah out of yellow felt.

Step 2.
Fold the felt in half (this way, your menorah will end up symmetrical around the Shamash candle holder).

Step 3.
Draw half of a menorah on your piece of felt. (I used the entire piece of felt for my menorah) Use a dull pencil to draw on your felt. Remember to draw the center candle holder (the candle that holds the Shamash) half as wide as you want it to be, so it will end up the same size as the other candle holders, because it is on the fold of the fabric.

Step 4.
Cut out the menorah along the fold. Make sure you have four candle holders curving up on each side of the Shamash, which is in the center candle holder.

Step 5.
Cut a candle flame out of a sponge (enough for each child to have one).

Step 6.
Give each child a menorah and the rest of the materials mentioned in the preparation.

Step 7.
Have the children glue the menorah onto their place mat in the center about one inch up from the bottom of the place mat.

Step 8.
Next have the children cut out nine candles (about 1/2″ by 3″) out of blue felt to put on their menorahs.

Step 9.
Now the children can glue the candles on their menorahs.

Step 10.
Next the children can write Happy Hanukkah on the centerpiece.

Step 11.
On the first day of Hanukkah, give each child a sponge shaped like a flame and a little yellow fabric paint.

Step 12.
The children can use the sponge and fabric paint to “light” their menorah centerpiece each day of Hanukkah. Have them light the Shamash (the candle in the middle) first. Then, each day of Hanukkah, the children can “light”(from left to right) another candle in addition to the Shamash.

Furthermore:
Hanukkah starts this year at sundown on December 15th. If you need more information about the celebration of Hanukkah, there is a wonderful new book out, “Celebrate Hanukkah,” by Deborah Heiligman. You can find out lots of interesting information in this book about Hanukkah including how to light the menorah (from left to right after the Shamash) and many other interesting facts.

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Holiday Book Exchange

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Submitted by: Lisa Prince

Have each child bring a new or gently used book to be exchanged at any holiday party.

Goals:

  • To promote the value of reading
  • To encourage sharing with others
  • To get kids excited about receiving and giving books

Before You Start:
Have the child wrap the book and put their name on the tag.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Write each child’s name on a piece of paper and then place all the names in a hat.

Step 2.
When a child pulls a name from the hat have them present their book to that child.

Step 3.
Encourage the children to tell their friend a little bit about the book they are giving them.

Furthermore:
It is wonderful to see how excited the children are to receive and give a book that is special to them, in addition to being able to share in the “reading” with their friends.

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