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They're everywhere these days: ads for toys show up on TV, in shop windows, and throughout your Facebook newsfeed. When you're a parent to kids who have been mentally compiling their Hanukkah wish lists since autumn began, it can be difficult not to get swept up in the consumerism that often accompanies the holiday season.

It can be difficult to find fun Hanukkah kitchen activities for little ones. Making fried foods, like latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), can be dangerous to make with children, and even cut-out Hanukkah cookies require some dexterity. That’s why my family likes making edible hanukkiyot (menorahs).

    At a dreidel-making workshop, Jeremy’s friends think that he is molding a secret code on his clay dreidel. However, they soon find out that he is really making a special gift: a dreidel with Braille letters on it for his father, who is blind.

    Create a lantern to light your way as you soak in the beauty of the night air and reflect on the miracle of Hanukkah. Perhaps this might inspire a new Hanukkah tradition. This is a fun and easy activity to do by yourself or with your family. Once you've created your lantern, enjoy a nature walk observing the night sky illuminated by the glow of your lantern.

    A tired beggar reaches a small town on a cold, wintery night, seeking food and a warm bed. When the poor locals are reluctant to assist, he promises to make a delicious soup from six bone buttons.

    Dina and her family move to a new city right before Rosh HaShanah. The move brings about a set of problems. When the family goes to the local synagogue to celebrate Rosh HaShanah, Dina doesn’t recognize anyonet. However, the family then receives help from an unexpected source!

    This fun, spidery craft is a surefire hit with kids. Hang them in your sukkah during Sukkot

    Kids will love making paper chains for to hang in the sukkah at Sukkot. These chains are also great for decorating on Tu BiSh'vat

    This fun, easy craft for kids ages 4-10 can be used as decorative Rosh HaShanah centerpiece.

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