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15 Easy and Festive Crafts to Make with Your Kids This Hanukkah

Eight crazy nights of Menorahs, dreidels, and Stars of David!

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While stuck at home this year, make your Hanukkah celebrations extra fun with festive craft nights. In addition to having a cool piece of holiday art, you’ll be making memories that the whole family will cherish. Art can also be a great learning experience for young people to connect more with the holiday. These are just a few Hanukkah crafts from creative bloggers with a proven track record of success. Make sure you brush up on these Hanukkah facts so you can answer all of your children’s questions.

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Dreidel masterpieces

Your budding painters can make gorgeous designs using bright watercolors on plain dreidel cutouts. You can also use markers for easier cleanup. Find out more from Creative Jewish Mom.

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Tape it up

Washi tape makes simple designs pop with fun patterns and colors. Send them out to wish loved ones a happy Hanukkah. Visit Creative Jewish Mom to learn more. Check out these Hanukkah destinations that celebrate the Festival of Lights.

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Very jarring

A few snips are all it takes to create these repeating patterns for these Hanukkah crafts. Even with sloppy edges, they’ll create a pretty glow for your family’s celebration. Get the full instructions from Creative Jewish Mom. Don’t miss these fun facts you didn’t know about the holiday season.

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Dance the night away

Another brilliant idea from Creative Jewish Mom. Kids will have just as much fun creating these dancing decorations as they will playing with them. Attach arms to paper menorahs, doughnuts, oil flasks, and more for a fun afternoon craft. Learn why Thanksgiving and Hanukkah once occurred on the same day.

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Abstract thinking

Turn your kid’s old artwork into gorgeous dreidel wall art. Their funky color choices and splashes of paint will look like a cool, modern art piece. Learn more from Meri Cherry. If you also celebrate Christmas, try one of these Christmas crafts for kids as well.

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Facing things

Upcycled grocery bags get a facial treatment with this adorable dreidel garland. Head over to Meri Cherry’s blog to learn how to make your own. Pair it with one of these great Hanukkah-themed gifts that will delight your loved ones.

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Well plated

Have your kids decorate clothespins as candles, then put together these simple paper plate menorahs for an afternoon of Hanukkah crafts. Get the full directions from Simple Play Ideas. And check out these other smart uses for clothespins.

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Fingerprint flames

These simple masking tape menorahs get a personalized touch with fingerprint flames—and your kids will love getting their hands dirty. Get the directions from Simple Play Ideas. See how you may have been burning candles wrong this whole time.

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Cartons for candles

Egg cartons get new life with this funky upcycled menorah. Have your kids paint the cups, then help them glue them on a piece of decorated cardboard. Head over to Kids Activities Blog for the directions. Get in the know and share with your kids: this is why we light menorahs for Hanukkah.

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Pinned down

Little hands get motor skill practice by attaching clothespin candles to this cardboard menorah. Head over to Moms & Crafters for the full instructions. Don’t miss these holiday decorations you can buy at Home Depot.

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Down to the nuts and bolts

A plain wooden block gets a major update with paint, felt, rhinestones, and anything else your kids can dream up. Simple nuts from the hardware store become makeshift candle holders for this not-so-basic menorah. Get the full instructions from Sheri Silver. See how the holidays will look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Marshmallow dreidels

An adorable and festive project from that is 100 percent edible. All it takes is five ingredients that you can pick up at your local grocery store: marshmallows, Hershey’s kisses, thin pretzel sticks, blue sugar sprinkles, and white frosting for “glue.” This easy idea from Hostess with the Mostess is a great afternoon activity that will have your kids licking their fingers.

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Homemade Hanukkah gelt

Another tasty craft idea that will keep your children engaged while they learn the meaning of Hanukkah. These chocolate treats can be used as prizes when playing dreidel. The full DIY instructions can be found at The Monday Box. Read up on the science behind giving a truly meaningful gift.

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Hanukkah word search

With instructions from The Printables Blog, you can create a Hanukkah-themed crossword puzzle in just five minutes. Just be prepared with a list of words such as gelt, candle, latke, and dreidel. Brush up on these holiday season etiquette tips to get you through the season.

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Hanukkah tissue paper sun catchers

These beautiful homemade sun catchers can hang on display in your window all December long. You’ll just need some craft sticks and tissue paper, along with a couple of other small items for the details for these Hanukkah crafts. Your children will feel like true artists with this craft from Craft Project Ideas. Pair these crafts with some more DIY holiday decorations for the most festive home.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.