At CYJ, we want you and your family to make the most of this Hanukkah so we’ve put together a list of Fun Hanukkah activities to enjoy for all 8 days!
1. Read a Hanukkah Book
There are so many great books out there, from illustrated children’s books to adult non-fiction, telling the story of Hanukkah. No matter what age groups you have at home, there’s a Hanukkah book perfect for them and it’s a great way to add to the festivities!
2. Make Hanukkah-Themed Mad Libs!
Let everyone write a quick story (just a few paragraphs!) about Hanukkah history, celebrations, food, or anything they like. Then have them go in and remove most of the verbs, adverbs, nouns, and adjectives leaving blanks behind. Everyone can go around, taking turns, asking for words to fill in the blanks of their stories. At the end, everyone gets to read their Hanukkah-themed Mad Lib for the group!
3. Watch Hanukkah-Themed Television Episodes
There are so many great Hanukkah-themed episodes of shows, but we’ve got a few favorites.
There’s the Friends episode “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” (available on Netflix: Season 7, Episode 10). In this episode, Ross dresses up as an Armadillo to teach his son the story of Hanukkah.
There’s also the classic, must-see Rugrats Chanukah episode (available on Hulu: Season 4, Episode 1). It’s an adorable, informative re-telling of the story of Hanukkah, and it’s full of funny references that might sail over the heads of the children in the room.
The Goldbergs did a great Hanukkah episode in their third season (available on Hulu: Season 3, Episode 10) ironically titled “A Christmas Story”. It may have aired in 2015, but it’s an instant holiday classic in our books.
4. Decorate Your Own Dreidel
Plain wooden dreidels are available at craft stores and online. This one’s really simple, just break out some markers and let everyone customize their dreidel before the games begin!
5. Cook Latkes Together
There’s no reason this can’t be a fun, family activity with a very delicious reward at the end! We shared some of our favorite recipes from kosher.com in last week’s blog, be sure to check them out!
6. Make Your Own Hanukkah Gelt
There are two delicious ways you can do this:
1. Melt chocolate in the microwave, spoon it into muffin tins, and cool it in the fridge. Pop out the chocolate once it’s hard and enjoy!
2. Bake your favorite chocolate cookies and let everyone decorate the tops of their “gelt” with yellow or gold frosting.
7. Have A Dance Party To Awesome Hanukkah Music!
Did you know that Spotify has an entire playlist of 35 Hanukkah songs featuring artists like They Might Be Giants and The Indigo Girls? Just search (or ask your smart speaker to play) “Hanukkah Kids” on Spotify.
8. Craft Edible Perler Beads And More!
This one comes to us courtesy of our friends at kosher.com, and you can find the full details at the link below:
Start by printing out your favorite Hanukkah shapes to use as a kind of stencil.
Cut a multi-colored pack of Twizzlers into small, 1/4 inch pieces.
Use the pieces to fill in the stencil, choosing whichever colors your like for your design!
Place a piece of parchment paper of the Twizzlers
press a hot iron onto the parchment paper to melt the candy just enough to fuse all the little pieces together.
Let the candy cool, then slowly peel away the parchment paper and the printout stencil
Enjoy this fun, festive, delicious snack!
Be sure to let us know if you try any of these and share your favorite Hanukkah activities with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!