Reader Nechama Elbaz shares her cute Hanukkah craft and the meaning behind it.
Window clings are a popular choice of decoration for Hanukkah because the menorah is traditionally lit in the window, in an effort to spread the story and joy with passerby.
This activity is a fantastic way to start a dialogue with your child about why your family celebrates Hanukkah.
It’s also very fun for toddlers to play with!
First, a little brushing up on Hanukkah history:
After the Jews defeated the Syrian-Greeks, and won back their freedom and autonomy — they headed to the Temple to reinstate the service. The Temple was in ruins, and they found only one proper bottle of oil for lighting the menorah. Miraculously, the bottle lasted long enough for them to procure additional oil — eight days.
That’s why we light the menorah and celebrate Hanukkah for eight days!
Grab your supplies for making Hanukkah window clings:
- A bottle of white glue
- Food coloring
- Glitter, optional
- Hanukkah and/or letter cookie cutters
- Non-stick surface (you can flip over a glass or metal baking pan, or use a sheet of acetate)
How to make Hanukkah Window Clings
First, you’ll need to make some colored glue (the color that you want your window clings to be).
Drop some food coloring into a bottle of glue and shake it. (If you don’t use all of the colored glue for the window clings, you can still use it like regular glue later!)
Place the cookie cutters on your non-stick surface. Let the kids squeeze the glue into the base of the cookie cutters,sprinkle on the glitter if you’d like.
The glue doesn’t need to be too deep, but thick enough that it won’t tear when you pick it up (maybe 1/8 inch)
Note: If you’re using letters to write “Happy Hanukkah” (or the like), and you want the message to be readable to those outside your house, flip the cookie cutters backward before you fill them.
After you fill the cookie cutters with glue, let it set for a few minutes, then remove the cutters and repeat. Allow to dry completely (overnight is best, or at least a few hours).
That’s it! Didn’t these turn out cute?
You can also save these between some wax paper for next year, or even make more each year to add onto the tradition.