Hanukkah Menorah Shape Collage

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What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: metallic paper or yellow/gold tempera paint

What You Do:

  1. Help your child create shape templates that will correspond with the collage. You may want to choose triangles or squares to build the menorah, and rectangles for the candles.
  2. Ask your child to trace the shape templates with a crayon. Help him identify each shape by name as you go along.
  3. Help your child cut out the shapes.
  4. Have your child build a menorah on a separate piece of construction paper by arranging the shapes together like puzzle pieces.
  5. Gently lift up each shape, and have your child glue it to the paper.
  6. Add long, thin rectangles each night of Hanukkah for candles.
  7. Here's a safe way for your child to ‘light’ the Hanukkah candles: Have him cut pieces of yellow or gold construction paper (or metallic paper if you have it on hand), and then glue the paper flame to the top of the candle. An alternative way to create ‘lights’ is to use a small dab of yellow tempera paint.

Extend this activity over the course of the entire holiday. Discuss the significance of the menorah and Hanukkah candles with your child as he creates his own paper representation.

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