In my quest to support diversity at our branch, I did something we’ve never done before: a Hanukkah Craft and Story Time. After all, if we offer a Christmas Craft & Story Time, we should do one for Hanukkah too!
- Popsicle sticks
- Washable markers
- Adhesive jewels, stickers, etc.
I started off by asking the kids what they knew about Hanukkah (since we had some curious, non-Jewish kids in the group). This gave me a chance to gauge their understanding and introduce them to the basics (Menorahs, the Maccabees, Latkes, etc.) Then I let the kiddos choose which story they wanted to read. This year, they decided on Hoppy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser.
Afterwards, I turned the kids loose to make our craft: Star of David ornaments that they could hang around their homes or on their tree (for interfaith families).
Next year, I think I’d like to go even bigger: bring in some gelt, bake some latkes, etc. Otherwise, it was a successful program and everyone had a great time.
4 thoughts on “Children’s Hanukkah Craft and Story Time”
Good call on holiday diversity.
Thanks. I thought it was a good idea too!
Wow! Such a great idea, and it looks like it went over really well!
Thank you very much! The kids who came had a lot of fun. It was neat because we actually had several kids who didn’t celebrate Hanukkah at home, but were curious and wanted to learn more. It was a great opportunity to promote cultural diversity. We had such a lovely time. Next year, I think I’ll do The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelmen and bake some for the kids. 🙂