Pin It
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Hanukkah Craft: Candle Magnets

By
Carolyn Lanzkron at http://www.jugglingfrogs.com

By Carolyn Lanzkron

Here’s a quick and easy Hanukkah craft for kids. We made Hanukkah candle magnets by painting a couple of those promotional business card magnets that seem to breed behind our refrigerator.

Materials:

    2 junk mail magnets (you can always buy the magnets if your junk mail supply runs low)
    Paint
    Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut one magnet horizontally into nine candles–8 Hanukkah candles + 1 for the shamash (the central candle on a Menorah used to light the other candles).
  2. Cut the second magnet into 9 oval-shaped flames.
  3. Have your child paint each of the candles whatever colors they desire. (Note: my standard painting setup is a paper shopping bag taped to the kitchen table and yogurt-container-lid paint palette.)
  4. Paint the candle flames separately. Glitter paint works well for the candle flames (not necessary, but nice) to make them sparkle.
  5. Allow candles to dry.
  6. Let your child play with the candles on any magnetic surface- fridge, laundry machine, dishwasher, etc.



For magnet storage, a carefully opened (so no sharp edges) and well washed metal can makes a fantastic storage container for play magnets (I used one of Costco’s 4.5 lbs of tuna but a coffee can would also work well). Since the container itself attracts the magnets, its outside can be used for play, while the contents don’t spill when the can is knocked over.

And best of all, you and your children can make all sorts of custom magnets (alphabets, shapes, numbers, stars) from this basic idea.

Submitted by Carolyn Lanzkron at Juggling Frogs

© 2010 – 2014, Staff. All rights reserved.

More Great Stuff You'll Love:


How I Reclaimed My House from My Mother-in-Law

A whole year of arguing in the making

Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan

Colleague drank your breast milk from the work fridge again? Tales of breastfeeding in Mongolia

10 Things Not to Say to Parents of Multilingual Children

Have you been guilty of any of these?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


InCultureParent Staff

Leave us a comment!









Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail.
Or leave your email address and click here to receive email notifications of new comments without leaving a comment yourself.

Get weekly updates right in your inbox so you don't miss out!



A Children's Book for Raising Global Citizens

Every life is a story. It’s easier to understand someone when you know their story.

Why I Travel 13 Hours Alone with My Kids Every Chance I Get

Travelling with children, while definitely more of a mission, contradicts the old saying that “life is about the journey, not the destination.”

A Diverse Book for Preschoolers in Celebration of Multicultural Children's Book Day

A book that honestly and simply celebrates the every day diversity that children experience.

Why My African Feminist Mother Gave Me the Identity of My Father's Tribe

She gave me an identity so different from her own.

2 Children’s Books about Jamaica

Explore Jamaica with your child.

Costa Rica with Kids: Two Weeks of Family Travel

Two weeks of Pura Vida in a country with so much to offer families.

Should I Worry about My Child's Accent in Her Foreign Language?

See why Dr. Gupta takes offense to this question and where children learn accents from

How to raise trilingual kids when exposure to Dad's language is limited

My kids only get 1-2 hours of the minority language per day-help!
Unfortunately, the school and community are no longer there. The farm is being sold and there are tentative plans for a new iteration to be set up in Costa Ric...
From How I Moved to Thailand with my Family on Less than $1000
HI! I love your website! Just read your review of books that teach about culture and food! I can't wait to try some of the recipes you've share...
From Armenian Recipe: Apricot Tart
Please, refrain from using "western /western society" for anglosaxon countries. Western can be Mexico and Spain as well, anything on the west side of the world is western ...
From The West’s Strange Relationship to Babies and Sleep
We've tried to make use of, but It doesn't works by any mean...
From African Parenting: The Sane Way to Raise Children
I'm back. Sorry, I stopped caring for this magazine for a while and forgot to discuss the meat of the matter. This article, as well as the linked article from 2011, fails to discuss cultural norms ...
From What Confused Me Most about Brits
Fascinating. I have been to Germany and met this guy who was soo rude! This article explains everything!! Since all Germans are so terribly rude it should come as no surprise that I should have met ...
From Are Germans Really Rude?
@ Josep. How could you possibly comment on how Germans treat people if you have never even been there? A three-day stay in Berlin and a one day stop-over in Frankfurt was enough for me to see the ut...
From Are Germans Really Rude?
I am trying to find a Sikh triangular Nishan Sahib flag and haven't found one. Do you know where I can find on...
From Vaisakhi Craft: Make a Flag
I have tried to buy a Sikh triagular Nishan Sahib flag and had no luck. Do you know where I can find on...
From Vaisakhi Craft: Make a Flag

More Crafts