Since my kids have done at least a dozen different menorah crafts over the years, I was looking for something different for them to do for Chanukah this year. Looking at Chanukah crafts on Pinterest, I came across this video. There are some very simple crafts that don’t require a lot of supplies or planning. I was inspired by the Hanukkah gelt (coins) card that they made in this video, so I decided to have the kids make similar cards for their grandmothers. Chanukah starts on the evening of December 6 this year and lasts for eight nights.
I’m a major scrapbooker and paper crafter, so I got out my Cricut and scrapbooking paper and cut out some dreidels and some yellow circles.
But you don’t need fancy equipment to do this. Use whatever kind of paper you have and easily trace a quarter for your circles and draw a freehand dreidel to cut out. A dreidel shape is basically a square with a triangle at the bottom and a small rectangle on top. Your kids can do all the tracing, drawing, and cutting themselves if they are able.
I told the kids to pick one of the four Hebrew letters that grace each side of a dreidel to write on their paper dreidels. Then I pulled up some images of Chanukah gelt online so that they could get ideas to decorate their paper coins.
In the video, the kids have glued a whole bunch of coins on the front of their cards, but my kids are minimalists, and and they also wanted some coins on the inside of the cards, so here are their creations:
Lynne–Lynne has enjoyed homeschooling her two sons for the past 4.5 years, after their brief stint in the local public school. Her older son is a humorous fellow with high functioning autism who thrives in a home education environment. Her younger son is a sensitive soul with a great deal of patience. The boys, Mom, and Dad, along with the two guinea pigs, live in Northeast Ohio. Lynne holds a Master’s Degree in French Language and Literature. She is also a Harry Potter fanatic, enjoys line dancing and Zumba, spends hours scrapbooking, and loves organic vegetables. You can visit her soon-to-be revitalized blog at www.daysofwonderhomeschool.blogspot.com.