Fun crafts for Chanukah are a perfect way to get kids excited about the upcoming holiday, just one week away! A great chanukah kid's craft is making these dancing chanukah figures using very simple supplies together with just a bit of creativity. The figure you see here (which looks like a flamenco dancer, funny enough) is called in Hebrew, a pach shemen, namely an olive oil flask, a symbol not generally seen in American Chanukah decorations, but actually one of the most important, as the miracle of this one remaining flask of olive oil is what the holiday celebrates. (A bit sad to see that one of the most important points gets lost in the commercialization of a holiday. Oh, but thats why I'm here, to light up the darkness, right, back to work got a huge job to do!)
I think you'll agree, the results are just adorable! We have ours displayed in the kitchen on those thin Riba shelves from Ikea, against a white wall, and the entire collection (which I'm not showing you here, on account of lack of time) is just so much fun.
And look at these two doughnuts eyeing one another, what better way to get into the Chanukah spirit?
- colorful card stock
- black markers
- wire (not too thin) mine is florist's wire
- wine corks
Draw figures on paper and cut them out. Cut wine corks in half lengthwise (adults only, please!). Attach arms and legs by taping lengths of wire to back of drawing. Poke bottom of legs through top of wine cork foot and fold under so it can't slip out. That's it! Make a bunch and get ready to celebrate! We enjoyed this one so much I know we'll be making even more in the next week.
Note: To give credit where credit is due, the general inspiration for this project and the idea for the wine cork feet came from this post, which also shows using pipe cleaners. Honestly, I'm glad I couldn't put my finger on any pipe cleaners, as the thin wire lends a very artful, sculptural touch to this project which I just love.