Hanukkah begins tonight, and although it’s not a holiday we celebrate, Travis’s latest Raddish kit contained a yummy traditional recipe (latkes) as well as an interesting lesson plan about the holiday. So we were intrigued to delve into it!
As background, we read a quick poem about Hanukkah and enjoyed the suggested video on the history of the holiday.
There were several suggested ways to craft a menorah, thereafter. We tried a very simple version made simply with painted clothespins clipped to craft paper or folded paper plates…
…but then also copied the method we used earlier this month for advent candles. This time, I cut toilet paper tubes in half for shorter candles and we wrapped them in blue cardstock with blue ribbon.
Wrap a taller candle in white cardstock for the center shammash. Add a felt-wrapped tea light to each candle. I brought this menorah to the table for Travis and I to discuss. We counted the candles, and talked about how each one represented one night of the miracle.
Time to light it, making sure to work our way right to left!
To add to our discussion, we waited until dark and then turned out all the lights except the candles. Travis helped brainstorm a list of other light sources, including flashlights, light bulbs, and the sun.
We discussed the differences among them, and he completed the sentence: “Light is important in my life because…” citing the ways it helps him see and focus and feel unafraid.
I was glad this lesson offered the chance to learn about another culture and customs. For bonus fun, don’t forget to play a game of dreidel with chocolate gelt for a reward.