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Easy Hanukkah crafts to make with kids

The following Hanukkah projects are super easy & fun for even the most craft-phobic of moms and require very little skills:

✡ Felt wreath
Wrap yarn around a floral wreath frame to create a “base,” then embellish with easy-to-make felt flowers.  Kids will love making their own Hanukkah wreath and hanging it outside to welcome guests.
Hanukkah wreath

✡ Paper top dreidels & Felt dreidel ornaments
Make a traditional spinning top out of everyday materials. With as few items as a toothpick, some glue and a strip of paper, friends and family will be twirling in no time. Print out DIY paper-dreidel  I made with Estella Elisheva for Tallinn Jewish School and Yeladim Center and color/decorate as desired! It’s easy and fun!

Homemade menorah/hanukkiah
Hanukkah is celebrated each year to share the story of a miracle and to rejoice in the Jewish faith. The candles that are lit throughout the eight days are held in a menorah. Families pass down these important objects from generation to generation as heirlooms…. But for a kids, nothing compares to the delight of using a hanukkiah that you made together.

✡ Here are some ideas for menorahs you can make with your kids:
a)Make an edible menora

b)Make a polymer clay (Sculpey) menora.  Check out some craft clay design books for ideas.

c)Make a dreidel menorah – Buy inexpensive wooden dreidels, remove the top handles and screw or glue metal candle cups on top of each one to simulate a handle.

d)Make a felt menora – if you have children too young to safely light a real menorah, create a felt one for them!

e)Create an outdoor tiki torch menorah – Tradition says that it is a mitzvah to advertise the miracle by making the menorah as visible as possible.  With that idea in mind, make a really big hanukkiah that sits on your front lawn without creating a fire hazard by using 9 ordinary tiki torches.

I also made one hanukkiah with Estella Elisheva. She took it at school with her. I’ll post the picture once it is back at home :)

✡ Chag Sameach!
Дорогие родители! Мы будем собирать на этой страничке интересные идею для творчества, различные задумки для поделок и информацию о том, как способствовать развитию талантов и умений малыша. Просим вас делиться результатами и хвастаться поделками!!!

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Preparing for Hanukkah: Colour your Hanukkah card & make you own holiday dreidel


Preparing for Hanukkah: Colour your Hanukkah card & make you own holiday dreidel

✡ Hanukkah arts and crafts for children by “Elisheva & Shoshana”! ✡
Colour your own Hanukkah card and make you own holiday dreidel:
Step1: Save the picture and Print it out (A4) (vol1: If you are in Israel),
Step2: Colour,
Step3: Cut
Step4: Glue together and get your very own DIY-dreidel!


Hanukkah arts and crafts for children (ElishevaShoshana.com)
Hanukkah arts and crafts for children (ElishevaShoshana.com) - 1
Our Hanukkah e-cards are specially made for Tallinn Jewish School (Таллиннская еврейская школа) and Yeladim Center.
© Elisheva & Shoshana

✡ …And final touch by: 7-year-old Estella Elisheva  :) ✡

Hanukkah card

Dreidel Playing Guide
The traditional Chanukah dreidel (spinning top) is a throwback to the times when the Greek armies of King Antiochus controlled the Holy Land, before the Maccabees defeated them and sent them packing. The powerful regime passed a series of laws outlawing the study of Torah and many of the mitzvot.

Jewish children resorted to learning Torah in outlying areas and forests. In case an enemy patrol was spotted, the children pulled out and started playing with small tops and would hide their texts.

. On the four sides of the dreidel appear four letters from the Hebrew alphabet-nun, gimmel, hey, and shin.

The classic dreidel is a four sided spinning top. The Hebrew word for dreidel is sevivon, which, as in Yiddish, means “to turn around.” Dreidels have four Hebrew letters on them (nun, gimmel, hey and shin). These four letters are an acronym for “Nes gadol hayah sham” – “A great miracle happened there.” In Israel, instead of the fourth letter shin, there is a peh, which means the saying is “Nes gadol haya po” – “A great miracle occurred here”.

The Setup
* All players sit around the playing area.
* The “ante” — nuts, pennies, nickels, chocolate coins, nuts, or just about anything else — is equally divided amongst all players.
* Everyone puts one unit of the ante (penny, nut, etc.) into the pot.
* The one who has first turn is followed in clockwise direction by all the others.
* Player A spins the dreidel while everyone waits in utter suspense.

If the dreidel lands on a…
(נ) Nun –
You’ve just wasted your time. Absolutely nothing happens. Nun stands for the Yiddish word nul, which means zero, nothing, nil, “nisht”. After your exercise in futility it’s time now for the player to your left to take a spin.

If however your dreidel landed on a…
(ג) Gimmel –
Wow! Amazing! You did it! You get to take the whole pot! Take it quick and then do a little victory dance around the room. Gimmel stands for gantz, which means whole. Everyone, including you, now puts another unit of the ante into the pot, and the person to your left tries his luck at spinning.

But, it’s hard to be so lucky every time. Sometimes your dreidel will land on a…
(ה) Hey –
Okay, you could have done better, but you could have done worse. You get to take half of the pot. Hey stands for halb, half. The pot has now been diminished, and it’s time for the player to your left to take a stab at riches.

But don’t complain. The dreidel could have landed on a…
(פ) Peh /(ש) Shin –
Shin (outside of Israel) means “shtel” or “put in” [in Yiddish]. Peh (in Israel) means “pay.” The player adds a game piece to the pot.