There’s more fun to the Festival of Lights than a little homemade “Dreidel, Dreidel!” Get your kids in the Hanukkah spirit and ignite their inner artists with these fun holiday craft projects. From LEGO dreidels to a gold dinosaur menorah, here are 14 fun Hanukkah crafts to keep your little artists busy.
Everything is better with glitter! Kids will love constructing their own sparkly menorahs that use silver glitter, gold sequins, and glitter glue! You might be cleaning up stray glitter until long past Hanukkah, but the beauty of these keepsake menorahs will make it worth the mess. Get the instructions from this Creative Jewish Mom.
Why settle for an ordinary menorah when you can make one that's at once a candle-holder and a fearsome prehistoric reptile? This DIY "menorasaurus" may look store-bought, but making it is actually easier than you'd think. All you need is some spray paint, a plastic dinosaur and some hex nuts. Get the instructions (for this and other fun homemade menorahs) here.
Hanukkah Bath Set
Why let the Hanukkah fun stop after the dreidels stop spinning? Bring the menorah into the bathtub with this simple DIY foam bath set. Kids can help cut the shapes from foam boards, but the real fun comes in the tub when they can construct and deconstruct their menorahs, over and over again! Get the easy instructions from Simple Play Ideas.
Homemade Hanukkah Wrapping Paper
What’s better than a Hanukkah gift? One that’s wrapped in special, homemade wrapping paper. Tori Avey has a great idea for a potato-stamped paper that the kids will have as much fun making as they do opening. Get more info here.
Tube Party Favors
Let the kids in on some of the holiday surprises by asking them to help make these fun party favors. Toilet paper, paint, glitter glue and tissue paper (plus fun treats for stuffing into the tubes) are all that's needed to make these colorful treats that can be used over and over again. Creative Jewish Mom has the step-by-step instructions on how to make them.
Tissue Paper Suncatchers
Beam a little holiday sunlight through your windows with this simple suncatcher craft that uses various shades of blue tissue paper to catch the sun. Hint: These little beauties make great gifts for the grandparents! Get the easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions from Craft Project Ideas.
Dreidel Cutout Garland
A single dreidel template is all you need to make endless paper cutouts. We love craft/mom blogger Meri Cherry's simple idea of gluing silly faces onto the cutouts and hanging them together as a garland. Get the instructions and some inspiration here.
Every little person at your Hanukkah gathering absolutely must wear one of these adorable menorah flame headpieces (Bonus points if you've got exactly nine kids.). There are no fancy instructions for this craft: Just cut strips of construction paper and affix a paper flame in the middle. Let your kids decorate their flame—glue and glitter make it really sparkle! Then, staple the strips at the ends according to each child's head size. Light the lights!
Dreidel, dreidel, YUM! These delicious Hanukkah-themed treats are as yummy as they are adorable. The bite-sized desserts—they're made of just marshmallows, sprinkles, pretzels and chocolate—are the perfect treat to bring to any Hanukkah party or to serve after dinner at your own special bash. Food blogger Tori Avey has the easy no-bake recipe here. *Psst: These little edibles take just a few minutes to prepare!
Colorful Tape Menorah
Felt Latke Beanbags
Little ones who love getting in on the Hanukkah latke prep are in luck. With this idea from Joyful Jewish, they can play with their own beanbag version of everybody’s favorite potato treat. The sewing is pretty straightforward, too, so no need to be scared of a stitch. Get more info here.
Popsicle Stick Hanukkah Crafts
If you’ve got Popsicle sticks in your craft drawer, you’re all set to create these sweet decorations from Creative Jewish Mom. Grab your glue and let your little artists paint the day away. Get more info here.
— Melissa Heckscher & Abigail Matsumoto
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