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Hanukkah Table Centerpiece - What better way to decorate your table this Hanukkah season than with a centerpiece you have designed yourself!

Hanukkah Table Centerpiece 15 minutes
An Activity for School-Age Children

Goals:
  • To create a festive table decoration for Hanukkah
  • To encourage fine motor skills
  • To explore the traditions of Hanukkah

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: A plain fabric place mat, yellow fabric paint, a sponge, scissors, yellow felt, blue felt and tacky glue. Older children may be able to cut out their own menorahs, but younger children may need help with these parts of the activity.

Let's Begin:

STEP 1:
Create a menorah out of yellow felt by first folding a sheet of felt in half; then, with a dull pencil draw half of a menorah on the piece of felt. Remember to draw the center candle holder half as wide as you want it to be, so that when it unfolds it will be the same size as the other candle holders.
STEP 2:
Cut out the menorah along the drawn lines. Make sure you have four candle holders curving up on each side of the Shamash, which is the center candle holder.
STEP 3:
Unfold the felt to reveal the full menorah.
STEP 4:
Glue the menorah onto a place mat.
STEP 5:
Cut nine candles out of blue felt and glue them into place on each candle holder.
STEP 6:
Write "Happy Hanukkah" on the mat with marker.
STEP 7:
Use yellow paint and a sponge to create a flame shape and "light" the menorah on each day of Hanukkah.


Furthermore:
Children that are too young to actually light real candles will enjoy this craft where they too can "light" a menorah and thus begin to learn about the menorah and Hanukkah traditions.

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