Celebrate Hanukkah! Fun Music & Activities for Kids
At Rock and Roll Daycare, we always strive to immerse children in all types of culture. As part of our curriculum, we utilize resources from our sister program, Fiddlefox, to bring music from around the world to our students. Through music and fun activities, kids can learn about other cultures at a young age so they can begin to understand and appreciate them.
With the Hanukkah holiday here, there are plenty of activities and fun music for kids to appreciate. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it’s important for kids to learn about other cultures. Let’s take a look at some things you can incorporate right at home.
Make a Dreidel
A dreidel is a small four-sided spinning top. Each side has a Hebrew letter on it. A dreidel is used in a children’s game that is traditionally played during Hanukkah. You may be familiar with the song that goes “dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of clay…”. You can really make a dreidel out of clay or paper, your choice.
We found this easy tutorial on how to make a dreidel online. All you need is flour, salt, and water to get started. You’ll also need blue acrylic paint, a paintbrush, a black fine-line felt-tipped maker, shellac, and a paintbrush.
You’ll need to help your child make this type of dreidel since it will need to be baked in the oven. By following the easy instructions here your child can play a fun game as they learn about the Jewish culture.
If you don’t want to go the clay route, you can also make a dreidel out of paper. There are many paper tutorials online where you can download the design and just print it out and have your child color it. Either way, it will be a fun project.
Sing the Dreidel Song
As we said, you may be familiar with the dreidel song. This is a fun and catchy song that you can sing along with your children. Here’s a link to one version that you can use.
Make a Menorah
A menorah is a candelabra that has 7-9 branches. During Hanukkah, the 9-branched version is used. One candle is lit for eight nights. The extra candle is the one from which the flames are lit. It’s known as the shamash.
You can make your own menorah from anything from paper to pebbles. This is a great resource where you can find many different ideas for making a menorah. You can choose to make one with items you already have in your house or you can head to the craft store to get your supplies. Whichever one you choose will be a fun activity that your child will enjoy while learning about Jewish culture.
Introduce Hanukkah Songs
Just as there are Christmas carols, there are songs that are sung for Hanukkah. “Light One Candle” is one of many popular Hanukkah songs. You can find the lyrics here. Besides being a song, the lyrics tell an important story.
These are just a few simple things you can do to celebrate Hanukkah in your home and introduce your child to the customs. At Rock and Roll Daycare, we are always teaching our students about different cultures using the Montessori method. If you think this is an environment your child would enjoy and thrive in, contact us today at 857-259-5211 or visit us online.