All the Fun, Toddler-Approved Activities We’re Doing to Celebrate Hanukkah

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Every year, I get a little more into the holidays with my kids. When my first child was just a baby, I wanted to start new Hanukkah traditions, but since she was so little and wasn’t too aware of what was going on, I just sort of let the holidays pass by without too much excitement.

Two years later, my toddler is now extremely aware of what is going on and gets really excited by new activities and crafts. All of this makes me extra excited to celebrate the holidays and see it through her eyes. This year, we’ll be doing all the toddler-appropriate activities to celebrate Hanukkah, such as crafting, baking, and playing.

If you’re looking for fun and creative ways to celebrate Hanukkah with a toddler, here’s a look at what’s on our list for bringing the festival of lights to life in our home this year.


1. Reading New Hanukkah Books

I’ll admit that I may have forgotten some of the specifics of Hanukkah and why we celebrate it, so reading about it each night helps all of us properly celebrate this holiday. Over the years, we’ve acquired quite the collection of Hanukkah books, and now is the time to turn over the bookshelves and highlight these wintery selections.

Eric A. Kimmel

Hanukkah Bear

There are so many fun books you can read with toddlers, including this adorable Hanukkah Bear book.

David A. Adler

The Story of Hanukhah

Share the story of Hanukkah with this essential book.


2. Doing All the Hanukkah Crafts

Toddlers love to get messy and creative with their crafts, and now’s a great time to make the mess a little festive. We’ll be doing a mix of DIY crafts with basic household items like toilet paper rolls and construction paper and with pre-made craft kits like ones from YearCheer and Days United for some fancier options. We recently used the YearCheer kit for Halloween, and it really stepped up our at-home crafting.


Holiday Subscription Box

This subscription box is full of fun craft items to celebrate holidays, including a Hanukkah-specific box.

Days United

Hanukkah in a Box

It has all the necessities to celebrate Hanukkah in one handy box!


3. Snacking on Hanukkah Candy

Halloween wasn’t very long ago, but we’ve now moved on to blue and white candy. Though I’m trying not to give my toddler too much of a sugar high (and an inevitable sugar crash), I do allow candy for us to enjoy, especially during this special time of year. I love the idea of a candy-version charcuterie board, and this activity combines crafting and candy. What’s better than that?

Dylan's Candy Bar

Festival of Lights Tackle Box

Snack on blue and white candy while learning about the magic of Hanukkah.


4. Cooking and Baking Hanukkah Foods

One of the best parts of Hanukkah is the latkes, so we’ll be whipping those up this year. I also purchased Hanukkah cookie cutters and decorations to make festive cookies. It’s not just Santa and families who celebrate Christmas that get to have all the cookie fun.


Blue Pop! Sprinkles

Add fun, colored sprinkles to your Hanukkah baked goods with these sprinkles made with plant-based coloring.


5. Creating Eight Nights of Mini Gifts

For the last couple of months, I’ve been stockpiling a selection of Hanukkah gifts so I can give one gift a night for eight nights to my toddler. Before you think she’s going to get spoiled by gifts, let it be known that I’ll be gifting her necessities that we were going to buy anyway. Toddlers love ripping apart wrapping paper, so I know she’ll love the activity of gift opening, even if it’s just a new toothbrush or socks hiding inside.


celebrating hanukkah

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6. Dressing in Our Hanukkah Jammies

Every year, it seems like more and more brands are celebrating Hanukkah with themed pajamas—and I am here for it. A few years ago, you could only find Christmas trees and reindeers, but this year, most companies are offering just as many Hanukkah-style pajamas. Now it’s just the difficult decision of which pair we should get!

Burt's Bees Baby

Holiday Matching Family Pajamas in Frozen Plaid

These organic cotton holiday pajamas are available in a variety of patterns and have sizing for the entire family, including your four-legged family members.

Clover Baby & Kids

Hanukkah PJs Set (Newborn - 6T)

These adorable Hanukkah-patterned pajamas are perfect for your little ones.

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