Tot Art DIY: Popsicle Stick Menorah

Now that we're in the midst of the holidays, my Tot Art class has been working on some festive crafts to celebrate. On Monday we worked on a fun (and super simple) menorah craft in honor of Hanukkah, as well as a small reading found online of the reason for this holiday.

Supplies:

Nine Popsicle sticks
Blue paint (we used two different hues)
White paint
Yellow Paint
Glue gun
Some sort of base -- ours were peices of wood Mr. Abear cut to glue the sticks to


How to:

Have your child paint the tips of the Popsicle sticks yellow first, then four sticks light blue, four dark blue. The ninth stick will be painted white to stand out. I went ahead and painted the base for the kids. Start by glueing the white one in the middle first as a frame of reference for the others, this is known as the "shamas". Then alternate each color going out, and glue them slightly lower to look more like a menorah. You could switch out white for gold as well.
To make it even simpler for really small hands, you can use markers/crayons instead of the paint for the Popsicle sticks. 
And that's it! A fun and simple craft to mark this special week.

Note: This year Hanukkah will be celebrated from the evening of Sunday, December 6th to the evening of Monday, December 14 :-)