All of these colourful menorah crafts are easy to make, using common household items. They allow toddlers and preschoolers to express their creativity, strengthen fine-motor skills, and make a menorah of their own that they can “light” by themselves for Hanukkah.
This year, for the first time here in my daycare, we’ve made several easy menorah crafts that toddlers and preschoolers can make and “light” for Hanukkah.
We haven’t made any before because I’ve never had any children of Jewish faith in my daycare, so we’ve always focused just on Christmas crafts in the lead up to the holidays.
I’ve had several requests from my readers, however, asking for Hanukkah craft ideas, so I thought we’d dive in with the most obvious – the menorah.
Well, our first menorah was so much fun to make, and made me realize there are countless ways to make a menorah, that 3 more quickly followed.
Safe to “light”
Not only are our menorah crafts fun and easy to make, each one has candles that toddlers and preschoolers can actually pretend to light them, either by adding the pretend flames to the candles, or the candles themselves to the menorahs during the 8 nights of Hanukah.
How nice for young children to have a menorah of their own to light while parents and older siblings light the real candles of their family’s menorah.
Bonus: all of these our menorahs are all made with just a few basic craft supplies, and common items you have around the house or in your recycle bin.
Menorah Crafts for Preschoolers
Toilet Paper Roll Menorah Craft
Our Toilet Roll Menorah uses cardboard rolls for candles and tissue paper for flames. Even the youngest child will be able to insert the tissue paper into the cardboard rolls to light the candles.
Clothespin Menorah Craft
Our Clothespin Menorah requires slightly more developed fine-motor skills as your child will need to pinch the clothespin open to insert the flame. The base is made from a piece of cardboard, and the candles can be decorated in any colour or design.
Wine Cork Menorah Craft
Our Wine Cork Menorah is a fun way to make use of those wine corks you’ve stashed in the craft cupboard. Just insert the toothpick wick and paper flame into a cork to light the candles of this menorah.
Egg Carton Menorah Craft
I think our Egg Carton Menorah is the prettiest menorah of all. Toddlers and preschoolers will have no trouble lighting the candles by themselves. All you have to do is push the popsicle sticks into a slit cut into the egg carton base.
As you can see, all of these kid-friendly menorahs encourage creativity and help to develop fine-motor skills. They’re provide a wonderful and safe way to introduce your children to your family’s candle-lighting ceremony and to teach your child the meaning of Hanukkah.
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.