Chanukah Suncatcher

Why

Chanukah is a celebration of light. Create a suncatcher that shows what this holiday means to you.


Steps

1. The Jewish holiday of Chanukah means many things. Some people recommit to their faith. Others retell the holiday’s historic stories. Many Hebrew families gather with loved ones. Some symbols associated with the holiday include the Star of David, oil lamps, menorahs, and dreidels. Here is one way to make a suncatcher to celebrate the Festival of Lights.


2. Fold sturdy construction paper in half. Using a bowl as a template, trace a circle with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. With Crayola Scissors, cut out both circles at the same time (start by poking a hole inside the circle). Erase any stray colored pencil marks.


3. Place colored tissue paper inside the construction paper "sandwich." Secure it to one side with a Crayola Glue Stick. Glue ribbon inside the folded paper. Glue the sides together. With Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils, decorate the suncatcher with Chanukah symbols. You could also cut paper symbols and glue them on the suncatcher.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Windows—Be sure windows are securely closed and locked before decorating. An adult must closely supervise the activity.

Adaptations

  • Take a survey to find out how you and your friends celebrate this occasion.
  • Make two suncatchers. Share them with a Jewish community center or home for the aging.
  • What are some symbols associated with other celebrations at this time of the year? Are there any similarities? Make ecumenical suncatchers using those symbols.
  • Assessment: Ask students to explain the meaning of the symbols they chose for their suncatchers.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Metallic Colored Pencils
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • bowl
  • ribbon
  • Hallmark tissue paper

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students familiarize themselves with the traditions of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah and the symbols associated with it.

  • Students construct a hanging decoration to commemorate their understanding of Chanukah, using appropriate holiday symbols.

Cirriculum

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