Hanukkah is almost here! If you’re celebrating with kids or you just want your kids to learn more about this holiday, we’ve gathered up some virtual programs, craft ideas, and a few super simple recipes to help you out. Hanukkah Sameach!
Jewish Museum – Hanukkah Family Day
Sunday, December 6, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This event will feature an exciting mix of Hanukkah-related activities and performances for age 3 and up. Enjoy a concert, sketching of Hanukkah objects, an animated performance, artmaking, puppetry, and more. View on YouTube free with RSVP, one ticket per household, though purchasing a ticket ($5-$36) will help support the museum.
Jewish Museum of Maryland – Hanukkah in Space
Sunday, December 6, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn how the holiday is celebrated in space. This program is designed for ages 5-7 but will be fun for the whole family. You’ll need 10-15 playing pieces such as buttons, pennies, or candy to play dreidel as part of the program. The program is free, but you must register online.
Watchung Booksellers – Arthur Levine, The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol
Tuesday, December 8, 6:00 PM
Put on your PJs and enjoy storytime with Arthur Levine, author of The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol. The story offers a mythical, magical take on the way Jewish families came to give and receive gifts over Hanukkah, just as their Christian neighbors do at Christmas, thanks to a loving spirit named Nate Gadol working behind the scenes – together with a jolly old soul. Register for this free event online.
Jewish Arts Collaborative Boston – Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights, virtual edition
Wednesday, December 9, 5:00 PM
Celebrate online in with family-friendly programing. The event will feature music, art, storytime, digital animations, and more. Register for free online. The program will be available throughout Hanukkah if you can’t catch it Wednesday evening.
Try out this fun Star of David Stained Glass Ornament Craft. This simple project requires popsicle sticks, tissue paper, and ribbon, and a few other things you probably already have at home. First the child will build the star, then cover it with tissue paper pieces. Great for younger and older kids, too!
Playing games is fun but playing a game you made yourself is fantastic. Here’s a great DIY dreidel tutorial that uses materials from around the house and is super easy to create.
Kids will love making this menorah of their very own. Paint, glue, and an egg carton come together with electric tealights to build this important part of Hanukkah celebrations. This article tells you exactly how to do it.
Art, science, and engineering in a menorah craft? Sure, why not! This article gives you step by step instructions for setting this up with colored ice cubes. You’ll color water to freeze into cubes (adding glitter is optional), then stack them and watch them melt. Letting kids figure out how to build the menorah, predict how the ice will melt, and exploring how the colors blend to form art makes this a lesson kids will enjoy.
We’ve got one more menorah craft for you, this time with toilet paper tubes. Essentially kids will decorate the tubes, glue them together, then add yellow tissue paper as flames. This article has you painting the tubes then covering with washi tape, but you could just as easily use construction, wrapping paper, crayons, markers, or paint to decorate the tube candles. Let kids get creative with whatever you’ve got on hand!
Here’s a simple Hanukkah snack you can put together for your kids or they can even build themselves. Banana slices, pretzel sticks, chocolate chips, and peanut butter or cream cheese assemble to form an edible menorah. So cute!
If you’re looking for a festive breakfast, try out these menorah waffles! It’s super easy make your own or find some square freezer waffles. Assemble them in the shape of a menorah (learn how here!), then add mandarin, tangerine, or clementine slices as flames at the top. You can also decorate with berries, syrup, chopped nuts, or anything else you like!
Another easy snack or dessert are these candy dreidels. Insert a pretzel stick into a marshmallow and “glue” a Hershey’s Kiss on the bottom with Nutella. You can also dip these in chocolate and cover with colorful sprinkles. It’s very easy to make, but it may result in some spinning treats!
For lunch, serve up some PB&J dreidels. Take a regular peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cut into dreidel shapes, and insert a pretzel handle. You can add sliced strawberries for Hebrew letters. This article gives you a close-up look at making them, plus it has a few other recipes as well.