Sometimes I’m at a loss for ways to keep my toddler entertained. She bounces from one activity to the next in a matter of minutes, and suddenly, I’m out of ideas. I love spending time with my toddler, but the minutes can sometimes feel like hours when we don’t have an engaging activity to do. And this is where holiday-themed crafts come in! If I’m ever out of ideas for ways to occupy our time, I think about whatever holiday or season is coming up next and focus our plans around that. I’ve recently been brainstorming Hanukkah crafts and activities as we head into the winter holiday season.
While I’m used to seeing tons of Christmas crafts to choose from, it takes a bit more effort to find ones for Hanukkah. But once you start searching, you’ll quickly see that there are so many fun crafts to do with your kids to celebrate the festival of lights. There are lots of cute ideas—like creating your own menorahs, dreidels, and stars—that range from easy to challenging.
Whether or not you celebrate Hanukkah, grab your glue and washable markers and settle in for some fun Hanukkah crafting with your little ones. Below are 20 adorable Hanukkah crafts—two for each night, plus a couple extra!—to do with toddlers and kids this holiday season.
Crafts that you can do with items you already have in your home are the best. This paper plate Menorah is a simple, festive Hanukkah craft you can have on display all season.
Bring together a medley of all-things Hanukkah in an engaging sensory bin that will entertain your little one with interesting textures, joyful colors, curious shapes… and even an edible piece of shiny chocolate gelt here and there if you so choose! For the full instructions on how to create this sensory bin, click here—and follow Jewish Moms & Crafters on IG for more great activity ideas!
We love a fun activity that can also be educational, and this word search is the perfect way to get them excited about the holiday.
How cute is this dreidel piñata? We’ll be using this as Hanukkah decor instead of hitting it with a stick.
This craft is as simple as it is adorable. Your little ones will love spending an afternoon crafting something magical.
Crafting meets compassion in this project that transforms a regular paper chain into a garland that includes different kind-hearted activities to engage in with your kiddos this Hanukkah season.
Because you can never have too many coloring pages, we’ve got the perfect festive option for this holiday season.
Our favorite crafts are the extra special ones we’ll want to hang onto forever. That’s why we love this handprint Menorah craft that is a memory and activity all in one.
A delightful tissue paper crafting adventure that pairs perfectly with some festive holiday music or Hanukkah storytime. While it might take littler ones some tries to bunch up the small pieces of tissue paper, it’s a great project to practice diligence and motor skills.
This DIY garland is the perfect way to reuse those grocery bags that keep piling up. Plus, your little ones will love personalizing each piece.
If your home has also been taken over by slime, why not give into the chaos as at least make it festive? Your kids will love making and playing with this craft and it offers the perfect time to give a lesson on the holiday they’re celebrating. And if the slime craft gets a little out of hand, check out our hack to get slime out of clothes.
This craft turns out so good that we know it will become a regular part of your holiday decorating year after year.
Combine a love of nature with Hanukkah’s enchanting display of candlelight by creating this special menorah. With some natural supplies alongside colorful paints and craft glue, your kiddo will have a unique and earthy centerpiece to contribute to this year’s Festival of Lights.
This craft is fun for the whole family! Spend an afternoon together crafting a gorgeous dreidel wall hanging piece and keep your hard work on display for the rest of the season.
Don’t recycle all of that cardboard just yet! Instead, use it for this fun, festive, and simply adorable craft.
Got a little one who adores LEGOs? Skip the pre-created sets and head straight to the Pick a Brick section and have them try their hands at this crafter’s clever menorah building challenge!
In just a few simple steps, you can have some of the most adorable holiday decorations made by your little ones.
18. Cereal Menorah
A craft and snack all in one? Sounds like the perfect activity to us!
19. Hanukkah Bingo
Few things are more enjoyable than a family game night, and you can make your night extra festive for the holiday with these printable Hanukkah Bingo cards.
Perhaps the prettiest craft we’ve seen is this stained glass coloring page. We know this one will be frame-worthy once your little one is finished.