Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blogmania 2011 Dream Team Holiday Open House Day 9: Hanukkah Activities For Kids

Welcome to Day 9 of the Blogmania 2011 Dream Team Holiday Open House!  Wow, I cannot believe we are down to the last two days of the Holiday Open House. It has been so much fun sharing some awesome holiday tips with you, my readers! I have also enjoyed getting some great ideas to add to my holiday celebrations this year! Thank you. Now on to day nine.

December not only has Christmas on December 25th, but also Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. Today I want to share a few activities that you can share with your children to celebrate Hanukkah. Tomorrow, I will post about Kwanzaa.

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights and lasts eight days. It usually falls in late November or December.

Jews celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means "dedication". Over 2000 years ago, in 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against their Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. After three hard years of fighting, the Jews defeated Antiochus and, to celebrate, they restored the Temple of Jerusalem - which had been taken over by the Syrians - and rededicated it to their God.

As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. But a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This  was the Miracle of the Oil.

It was then declared that every year, Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. Electric lights are sometimes used, especially where where an open flame might be dangerous, such as a hospital room. The Hanukkah lights are meant to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.

During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.

In 2010, Hanukkah occurs begins at Sunset December 1, 2010 and continues until December 9, 2010.

Play the Dreidel Game - make your own Dreidel here. (print on cardstock)

1. Give each player 20 pennies (you can also use chocolate coins, or bingo markers)
2. Each player puts 2 pennies in a pot.
3. Spin the dreidel! The letter facing up when the dreidel stops does the following:
  • Nun - do nothing
  • Gimel - take everything
  • Hey - Take half of the pot
  • Shin - Put one penny in the pot
4. Throughout the game, ask players to count pennies.


Latkes, Latkes Good To Eat  Sadie and her four little brothers are very poor and always hungry. On the first night of Chanukah, Sadie performs a generous act, and in turn receives a frying pan that cooks up sizzling hot, golden latkes on command. Sadie tells her brothers never to use the magic pan, but when she goes out one afternoon, the mischievous boys can't resist. They remember the words to start the pan cooking . . . but what were the words to make it stop? This humorous tale of generosity and greed is accompanied by bright, cheerful illustrations depicting a traditional Russian village. An author's note and a recipe for Sadie's latkes are included

Light The Lights: A Story About Christmas and Hanukkah Every December, Emma and her family celebrate two special holidays. First comes Hanukkah, with dreidel games and lighting the menorah. Then comes Christmas, with carols, bright lights on the tree, and presents for everyone!

Crafts you can do with your child(ren) to celebrate Hanukkah

Craft Stick Star Of David and other ideas

Hanukkah Menorah craft and other great ideas

Preschool Hanukkah crafts and activities

Make Latkes - From All Recipes.com

  • 2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil for frying


  1. Place the potatoes in a cheesecloth and wring, extracting as much moisture as possible.
  2. In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt together.
  3. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

Check out this link for some great tips for making Latkes as part of your Hanukkah celebrations.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or any other Winter festival, have fun as a family!



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1 comment:

  1. Nice to hear how others enjoy their time of remembrance- nice post Shirley!