Teaching about Hanukkah - MetroFamily Magazine
MetroFamily Magazine

Where OKC parents find fun & resources

Teaching about Hanukkah

by Jennifer Geary

Reading Time: 2 minutes 

This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are on the same day—you can read an article about why it’s not going to happen again here—so if you’re looking for something to learn about next week, I have some Hanukkah ideas to share with you today!


The Trees of the Dancing Goats:  I love Patricia Polacco’s books and this is a wonderful story about a Jewish family and a Christian family who come together to help each other during the holiday season.

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat:  This is one of my kids’ favorites, especially if we are having latkes to eat!  There is a recipe in the back that is simple enough even I could follow it!

Eric Kimmel Books:  When we learned about Hanukkah last year we read several of Eric Kimmel’s stories.  He has several different books to choose from and we enjoyed all of the ones our library had!

This post also has some more ideas for books about Hanukkah!

Crafts and Fun

After you’ve learned about the menorah, try one of these cute crafts—there are some even your littlest ones can make!

Make your own dreidel with instructions from What Do We Do All Day? and be sure you have some chocolate gelt for the winners!  You can even make easy edible dreidels to snack on while you play!

Your kids may not take a lunch box, but these printable cards are a neat way to share some facts—and they have them for different occasions, too!

“Official” School

You know I’m going to have some ways to tie this in to “official” school work, right?  Homeschool Share has a great free Hanukkah lapbook that we’ve used parts of in the past and includes some of the great books I shared above.  

For your younger kids, try this free printable pack from Royal Baloo—there are games, word searches, math activities, and other fun stuff!

Happy Hanukkah!

more stories

Verified by MonsterInsights