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Read Hanukkah BooksEvery year we pick books to read during Hanukkah time. Our selection changed over time as our daughter gets older. I pulled our favorites in the round up of 8 Books for 8 Nights of Hanukkah (my contribution to Multicultural Kid Blogs) and indicated recommended age for each book.
This year we kicked off our Hanukkah reading with Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by dyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan. This book describes Hanukkah celebrations in the religious American Jewish family narrated by a boy who is about 8 or 9. I like that the book briefly explains the origin of the holiday and the reason behind lighting the menorah candles. It also highlights the themes of charity, of family togetherness, and of respecting other religions, but doesn’t gloss over the reason Jewish children love Hanukkah so much – presents, presents, and more presents!
Hanukkah Projects for Older KidsSmarty is eagerly looking to three traditions of Hanukkah in our household – lighting menorah candles, playing dreidel games and making latkes. I expect her to do everything that is needed for latkes this year except frying them. When she was younger, we made some guided Hanukkah art projects, but then she lost interest. This year she didn’t need any guidance – she made a beautiful Hanukkah Perle bead star (above) as a present for grandparents, and tried her hand constructing menorah out of loose Lego bricks. Other older children might chose to reenact Hanukkah story with puppets, to write a poem or a story or to draw pictures. I am actually very interested to see what Smarty might do next year!
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