Holidays give the best inspiration for new learning activities! This shape menorah Hanukkah craft is a perfect way to teach your kids about your traditions while having fun.
This Hanukkah craft highlights the best known symbol of Hanukkah – the menorah holds the candles we light each of the eight nights, including the helper candle that’s used to light the others.
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The only supplies you will need are:
- Construction paper in 4 colors (I chose white, blue, yellow and purple)
- Safety Scissors (affiliate link)
If you are doing this with an older child, cutting the shapes is a great opportunity for tracing and cutting practice! Hannah is only 2, so I did all the cutting.
Here are more ways to practice cutting.
Cutting your Menorah Hanukkah Craft
For the base, I cut across the short side of purple paper to make a large rectangle, and then cut a small square roughly the same height as the rectangle.
I cut 9 small rectangles from the blue paper for the candles (blue is a traditional Hanukkah color).
For the candle flames, I cut 9 small triangles out of the yellow paper.
Time to Glue!
We started by gluing the large purple rectangle along the bottom wide edge of the white paper.
She then glued the purple square above the middle of the rectangle – this is where the helper candle goes!
Next, she started on the candles. One goes on the purple square to be the helper candle, and 4 go on either side of the rectangle.
At this point, she insisted on switching to the glue bottle from the stick because she’s 2 and that’s what 2 year olds do. I didn’t argue (it’s bonus fine motor work!)
Finally, it was time to light the candles! She glued a yellow triangle at the top of each candle.
This took a little trial and error. She had trouble picking up the triangle once it had glue on it.
It worked much better to dot the glue at the top of each blue rectangle and then have her press a triangle on each glue dot.
I love when an activity provides so many learning opportunities!