Today was a hectic day, and I ended up taking this photo of my eight year old daughter's Hanukkah craft just as the sun was going down...but as it turns out, the lighting was just amazing, look at these colors! Though the subject matter in this work of art isn't exactly clear (it's a bowl of doughnuts, silly!) I just love how festive it feels....and how it really conveys two important aspects of Chanukah, light and fragmentation! And infact you can discuss these ideas with your children as they do this project, if they're old enough to understand concepts like these, say maybe at least 7 years old? And if I've caught you off guard with the idea of light and fragmentation, so do read the story of the historic and miraculous events which Chanukah celebrates, and you'll have a much deeper understanding of this special holiday, which you can certainly discuss with your little artists.
- colored craft paper, preferably on the thin side, like origami weight paper
- craft glue
- black card stock
- a white piece of paper or light weight cardboard to use as a base.
How To: Self explanatory....for younger children let them do the background and you can cut the black shapes for them. it is preferable to do the background and let it dry before placing the shapes on top, but probably not critical. After all, your little artists will be anxious to display their work! You might like to try silhouettes of dreidels, chanukiahs (menorahs), olive oil pitchers, candles, or any other imagery that reminds you of Chanukah. Enjoy!