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  • Happy Chanukah from Shalom Sesame
    November 28, 2013
    Happy Chanukah from Shalom Sesame
    By Marcelle Friedman, Shalom Sesame
    Gift-giving chatter abounds during the holiday season, and it can be a challenge to preserve a spirit of tzedakah—charity—as we celebrate with our children. Chanukah presents a great opportunity to balance the fun of receiving gifts with the importance of giving back. One great way to do this is the “get one, give one” strategy. If your tradition is typically to give gifts all eight nights of Chanukah, try giving gifts to one another...
  • Simple dreidel out of chalk, black paper, and some masking tape
    November 21, 2013
    Simple dreidel out of chalk, black paper, and some masking tape
    By Eila Voloshen, Kid Kind Creations
    Chanukah is getting closer, so I've been trying to add more Chanukah-related creative activities for my daughter. She loves it all! This was a simple and fun project. I simply created a dreidel shape on black construction paper, using masking tape. ..
    Read the full post and follow a step by step g uide on Kid Kind Creations .
  • Chanukah Menorah (Chanukia) Post #4: Popsicle Sticks and Clothespins
    November 18, 2013
    By Eila Voloshen, Kid Kind Creations
    As Chanukah is getting closer, we made another Chanukia in class last week! This time we used popsicle sticks, clothespins, watercolors to paint to it all, and pipe cleaners for the flames.
    Read full post and see step by step guide and photos at Kid Kind Creations
  • Best Chanukah Books - Part 2
    November 14, 2013
    Jeremy's Dreidel
    By Michal Malen The Jewish Book Council
    There are many more Chanukah books to choose from in this week’s post but remember, there are hundreds more we have no room to mention. Bookstores, libraries and online sources are your very best friends. But for now, take a look at some of the following suggestions:
    Roll up your sleeves with Maccabee Meals: Food and Fun for Hanukkah by Judye Groner and Madeline Wikler. Have a great time creating and...
  • Mini Suvganiot - fun for the kids and less calories for mom
    November 14, 2013
    Mini Suvganiot  - yummy!
    By Alin Wagner-Lahmy
    Today i took advantage of the factr Grandma is visiting us and the kids, and we all made mini-donuts, mini suvganiot! We found a cool recipe on an Israeli site , and worked with it. If you can't read Hebrew, here's the translation for you:
    4.5 cups of flower
    1 bag of yeast (1.5 oz)
    1/2 cup Sugar (we used brown sugar and it came out less sweet than if you'd use regular sugar)
  • Chanukah Books - So Many Choices
    November 11, 2013
    By Michal Malen Jewish Book Council
    Chanukah is coming and in the world of children’s literature we have an embarrassment of riches. There’s no way to put together an exhaustive list of Chanukah books for kids -- there are just so many to enjoy. Some are classics, beloved year after year and fortunately for all of us, creative new offerings appear at a lively pace. There are books for older kids, younger kids and adults who are really kids...
  • Chanukah Yum
    November 7, 2013
    Soufgania from Appy Chanukah
    Original Post by Jewish Treats
    While Jewish holidays are known for their food (except Yom Kippur, of course), most of these foods are not known for being particularly healthy. Chanukah is no exception. Forget matzah or apples, those are healthy in comparison--pull out your deep fryer, because Chanukah is a celebration of oil.
    Soufganiyot (that’s Hebrew for doughnut): Did you know that Homer Simpson’s favorite treat is a traditional Chanukah delight in Israel? Deep fried dough, most often filled...
  • Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, I Made it Out of Cardboard!
    November 6, 2013
    Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, I Made it Out of Cardboard!
    By Eila Voloshen, Kid Kind Creations
    Here is another creative Chanukah project to kick start your holiday decorations. Just as a warning, this project is a bit more parent work-intensive, whereas, depending on your child's age, their main job may be the painting and decorating. My daughter is not yet 4. Older children will be able to participate in more of the steps. But the result is pretty cool and will make you and your child proud :)
  • Salt Dough Chanukah Menorah (Chanukia)
    November 5, 2013
    By Eila Voloshen, Kid Kind Creations
    You may have noticed I have been focusing on holidays lately. I had pumpkins for Halloween, a couple of Chanukah posts, and soon we'll have a Thanksgiving class to write about. But I've especially been focusing on Chanukah. This is for a couple of reasons. First, I'm Jewish (Israeli), and would like to pass on the holiday traditions and fun to my daughters and the kids at the JCC (where my classes take...
  • Chanukiot again! This time made out of recycling materials from our home!
    October 30, 2013
    Paper Chanukya
    By Eila Voloshen, Kid Kind Creations
    As we get closer to Chanukah , I'd like to share another creative Chanukia project I did with my daughter at home, and at her school last year. We used items from our recycling for these Chanukiot. At Zenevu's preschool the teachers used colorful duck tape to secure together two egg cartons. They then made holes in the cartons and put toilet paper rolls (decorated by the children) in the holes for the...
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