Personalized Hanukkah Placemats
In this activity, you will create a unique Hanukkah placemat that shows your child’scharacteristics and personality!
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It’s Great to Be Me
- The book "My First Menorah" by Selina Yoon
- Waterproof clear contact paper
- Large construction paper
- Washable paint
- Non-toxic glue
Importance of Activity:
- In completing this activity, you and your child will enrich your relationship while working together. By working with your child, engaging them to discuss what choices they are making while doing the activity and in discussing their family traditions, you are enriching their language development and sense of self. This activity is also a great opportunity for your child to practice their fine motor skills.
- Recognize own preferences and family holiday traditions
- Recognize own skills and accomplishments, and takes pleasure in performing them
- Do you know what holiday we will celebrate soon?
- What does a Menorah look like? What do we do with the Menorah?
- What is your favorite color? Why do you like it?
- What color would you like to make your Menorah?
- I love eating latkes at Hanukkah. What is your favorite Hanukkah food? Let’s make a placemat to use during our
- holiday meals.
- Listen to the song, “It’s Great To Be Me,” with your child.
- Read the story, My First Menorah by Selina Yoon with the child.
- Place the mat on the playing area and sit with the child.
- Arrange the craft supplies in front of the child.
- Start by removing the back of a sheet of contact paper. Place the paper adhesive side up on a flat surface. Place a large sheet of construction paper on the contact paper.
- Help the child choose which color they would like their Menorah picture to be.
- Paint the child’s hands one at a time, and have them use hand prints to form the shape of the Menorah, with the thumb prints overlapping each other.
- Next, help the child squeeze glue at the tip of each finger and sprinkle glitter on the glue to represent a flame.
- When the placemat is finished, cover the top of the mat with another sheet of clear contact paper so that the surface is waterproof.
- Trim the edges of the placemat so no contact paper is hanging off the edges.
- End the activity by singing the song, “It’s Great To Be Me,” with your child, remembering the uniqueness of your own family holiday traditions.
- Clean up play area together. Fold the playing mat together and put it away.
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