Spread bread with cream cheese or butter, arrange 8 pretzels as candles and carrot stick as large candle in center. Use raisins as flames at ends of carrot and pretzel sticks.
Cover toilet paper roll with foil. Cut a flame shape out of paper and draw a face on it. Glue flame on end of the popsicle stick. Insert stick in roll, hold roll with one hand, make flame dance with other.
Pour small amount of paint into margarine lids. Dip a cookie cutter into paint, stamp on paper, and then let paint dry.
Roll out piece of play dough and press to form base. Place large candle in center and four small candles on each side of large.
First, find a tree bough, at least 2 inches thick, and several smaller branches to act as steadying arms for the main branch.
Next, glue the bottle caps on, upside down, along the top of the branch. One, the shammash, which is used to light the other candles, should be higher than the others. The remaining eight may be placed at one height or varying levels.
Decorate the menorah with greenery.
For the first night, you will need one candle for the shammash and one for the first candle on the right.
Melt the wax on the bottom of each candle and stick it to the holder. Add a new candle for each night.
- Cut a 1-1/2 in wide strip of cardboard 9 in long to form a support for the top of the banner. Cut a piece of trim about 2 ft long and tie the ends together to form a hanger for the banner. Fold one 9-in side of the felt over the hanger and the cardboard support and glue them in place.
- Measuring from the point of each necktie, cut a piece from the wide end to 4-1/2 in long.
The two cut pieces will be the dreidels for the banner.
- Cut a sparkle stem in half. Fold each piece in half to form a handle for each dreidel.
Glue a handle between the front and back of the tie at the top of each dreidel shape.
Glue the two dreidels on the blue banner.
- Shape one of the Hebrew letters found on a real dreidel out of pieces of sparkle stem and glue a letter to the front of each dreidel.
- Decorate the dreidels and the top and bottom of the banner by gluing on pretty trims.
- Glue four sequins to each corner of the banner to look like gelt (money).
Have your child paint the wider ends of the wooden craft spoons (fronts and backs) to resemble yellow- orange flames.
Meanwhile, use the craft knife to cut a 3/4-inch slit in the bottoms of nine of the paper cups (a parent’s job).
Cut the bottoms out of the remaining five cups and stack them rims down.
Line up the 9 cups in a horizontal row, placing the middle one atop the stack of
- When it’s time, your child can light the menorah by inserting the bottoms of the wooden flames in the holes in the candles.
- Rinse out the milk carton and allow to dry. If you are decorating the dreidel to be used as a gift box, place the tissue paper inside the milk carton and tuck the gift in the paper.
- Staple the spout of the milk carton shut.
- Paint the carton with tempera paint. Let dry.
- Decorate carton. Turn the carton upside down and write a different Hebrew letter (see below) on each side of the carton. Decorate the carton with markers or paints, and poke the pencil through the bottom of the carton.
- Paint all wooden beads, wheels, and spools with acrylic paints. Let them dry.
- Fold chenille stick in half and cover it with glue. (If desired, pour some glue onto a disposable plate and drag the stick through to cover it.)
- While glue is still wet, slip several painted shapes onto the stick. Let glue dry. Trim excess chenille from bottom of candlestick if necessary. Repeat this step for each candlestick.
- Make 2 candlesticks with 1 large spool topped with 1 small bead. Make 2 candlesticks with 1 large spool topped with 1 small spool, then 1 bead. Make 2 candlesticks with 1 large spool topped with 1 wheel, then 1 bead, then 2 more wheels, then another bead. Make 2 candlesticks with 1 large spool topped with wheel, 1 small spool, another wheel, another small spool, another wheel, and a bead.
- Decorate the candlesticks with dimensional paints. Use the photo as inspiration, or create your own designs.
Add candles. Slip a birthday candle into a plastic candleholder, and then slide the holder through a metal washer and into the hole of the top bead of the candlestick. Remind children never to light candles without adult supervision.
Cut a large Christmas tree shape -triangle- out of green construction paper. Cut the triangle into 1-inch wide strips. Lay down the strips in the order you cut them out, with the strips laying about an inch apart.
Tape a long piece of yarn onto the back of the strips. Use a scrap of brown construction paper to cut out a pot and tape it below the tree; cut off any excess yarn hanging below the pot. Decorate the tree as desired.