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As the Hebrew legend goes, the oil that was found to light the temple should have only lasted for one day, but instead it lasted for a full eight days. Today, during the celebration of Hanukkah, we pay homage to that very miracle with the menorah. Your child can take this celebration one step further by concocting her own oil lantern! This activity will not only provide an opportunity to engage in a lesson about Hanukkah history, but will also bring up important science concepts.
This project demonstrates how lighter liquids, such as oil, float atop heavier liquids, such as water. In the construction of the oil lantern itself, your child will be able to put to good use to her creative and artistic skills, which will help her develop fine motor skills. As she paints and decorates her own oil lantern, she will have a perfect holiday memento embellished with personal flair!