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