The season is upon us to spin the dreidel with friends and family, decorate the house in blues and silver, eat delicious latkas and read books about 8 special nights! It's Hanukkah time and families across Canada will be lighting the candles on their Menorah.
Do you know what a Menorah is? The Menorah is nine-branched candelabra lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah, as opposed to the seven-branched menorah used in the ancient Temple or as a symbol. The ninth holder, called the shamash ("helper" or "servant"), is for a candle used to light all other candles and/or to be used as an extra light.
We love this Menorah Handprint craft for kids, provided by a momstown mom. What a special way to be the "light" of Hanukkah and share this gift with loved ones.
construction paper or canvas
1. Paint both of your child's hands with blue paint- all on the palm and up the fingers. Do not paint the tips of their fingers blue.
2. Add yellow paint to the tips of their fingers.
3. Press down evenly with both hands on the centre of the paper or canvas. Make sure that you put both thumbs together for the 9th centre candle (don't do 10!)
This is a great gift for grandparents or Daddy. Using a canvas, a tshirt or ceramic plate is a great way to use this craft to create a keepsake gift to treasure.