Handprint Menorah to Celebrate Hanukkah
By Marie LeBaron
If you’re celebrating Hanukkah with little children, but you don’t want them around candles or fire, this is a fun craft to let them be involved. They can glue on a little fuzzy pom pom each night for 8 days of Hanukkah.
Supplies to make a Handprint Menorah:
– cardstock paper
– craft paint or acrylic paint
– paint brush
– paper plate
– fuzzy pom poms
– yellow triangles, mine are craft foam stickers
– hole punch & ribbon
How to make a Handprint Menorah:
1. Pour a little blue paint onto the paper plate. Using the sponge brush, paint your child’s hand. I like to paint their hands so it gets into every little crevice. You can have them press their hand into the paint on the plate if you would like, but I’m a “less mess is best” kinda Mom and like to have a little more control over the paint 🙂
2. One hand at a time, I help guide and press my child’s hand on the paper. Being very careful with the first hand (so as not to get paint on anything), we do the same thing again with the second hand: paint, guide, press. You’ll want to make the thumbs overlap, so it’s only 9 places for candles, not 10. The thumb candle in the middle represents the “shamash” or the worker candle that lights the other candles during Hanukkah.
3. We decorated our paper with Jewish stars forming two yellow triangles on top and opposite of each other.
4. To light the menorah for each day of Hanukkah, glue on a fuzzy pom pom (we put ours in a fun yellow/orange pattern). Instead of pom poms, you could also get out some yellow paint and use your child’s thumbprint for the flame, they could put on a triangle sticker, or even simply draw a candle’s flame for each night.
5. We’ve added letters to spell Hanukkah on our paper at the bottom. We also paper punched 2 holes at the top and tied ribbon to make it a hanging banner.
This is a fun book I like to read to my children to help them learn a little more about Hanukkah. It’s called Hanukkah a Counting Book by Emily Sper.
Enjoy teaching and celebrating Hanukkah with your children. They’ll love being able to help with the process.
Published December 2, 2009. Last updated November 29, 2017.