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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.

Hanukkah
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!
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Look also:
Preparing for Hanukkah: Colour your Hanukkah card & make you own holiday dreidel
https://elishevashoshana.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/preparing-for-hannukkah-colour-your-own-hanukkah-card-make-you-own-holiday-dreidel/


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Cross stitch patterns for children

I’ve done quite a bit of handcrafts during high school days, and still do on and off. Between kids, cooking, gardening (in summer only), laundry/dishes/cleaning chores, and office work (not to mention commute to/fro), dropping-off/picking-up kids from school & kindergarden, doing some arts/crafts activities with the kids at home plus reading awesome books with/to them and such, needlework takes unfortunately a backseat.

But somehow I always find time for it! My favorite things to knit or cross stich are items for my daughters.  There isn’t much that brings me more satisfaction as a crafter than seeing one of my children enjoying or finding comfort in something that I have done for them.

My oldest daughter, 7-year-old Estella Elisheva, has learned how to knit, enjoys the hobby, and is learning some valuable character traits like patience and pride in her work from the craft.

I always love to make my very own patterns but it’s intresting to look different patterns and gather ideas.. Here I’ll show you some cute patterns for kids!

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