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Hanukkah Tissue Paper Suncatchers

  • History & Social Studies
  • Young Adult
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 1-3

Create your own tissue paper sun catchers and catch the sunlight in the window throughout Hanukkah!

Materials


Instructions


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Hanukkah Sun Catcher

 

Make a Star of David Sun Catcher

 

Step 2.

 

To make a Star of David shape, glue (3) Craft Sticks together to form a triangle shape. Repeat to make a second triangle. Glue the triangles on top of one another as shown.

Hanukah Craft

 

Step 3.

 

Use silver Metallic Paint and cover the wood stick shape and set aside to dry. Tip: You may want to paint several coats to cover.

Star of David Arts and Crafts Project

 

Step 4.

 

Cut a 7 inch piece of Elastic Cord and tie one end onto the wood stick shape. You will use this cord to hang your sun catcher once complete.

Star of David Sun Catcher Project for Kids

 

Step 5.

 

Prepare your materials: cut a piece of aluminum foil and lay the shiny side face down as your work surface.  In a paper cup, mix an equal amount of craft glue with water to make a glue solution. Lay your painted craft stick shape face down on the foil. Cut small pieces of blue and silver tissue paper. Using a foam brush, apply the glue solution to a piece of tissue paper.

Hanukah Arts and Crafts Project

 

Step 6.

 

Place the tissue paper on the craft stick shape. Use the glue solution to secure to shape. Tip: If the tissue paper rips, don’t panic! You can always add more layers of tissue paper on top of cover any rips.

Hanukah Arts and Crafts Project Star of David

 

Step 7.

 

Continue to add pieces of tissue paper until the shape is covered. Set aside to dry.

Star of David Craft

 

Step 8.

 

Once dry, string blue and silver Pony Beads onto the elastic cord.

 

Step 9.

 

Leave a little room at the top of the cord and tie a loop for hanging. Tip: Include one bead inside the loop shape. This will prevent all the beads from falling off when not yet hung.

Star of David Sun Catcher Craft

 

Step 10.

 

Slip the loop onto a Suction Cup and hang on your window!

Dreidel Sun Catcher Craft

 

Step 11.

 

To make a Dreidel shaped sun catcher, Glue (3) Craft Sticks and (3) Mini Craft Sticks to form the dreidel shape shown.

 


Shine some light on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with colorful suncatchers!

  • The Festival of Lights: Menorah is the Hebrew word for “candelabra,” but more specifically, the hanukkiah is the eight-branched menorah that is lit each night of Hanukkah. This tradition celebrates the candle that stayed lit for eight nights when there was only enough sacred oil for one — hence the name: the Festival of Lights
  • The Dreidel Game: Each of the four sides of a dreidel represents a letter, which makes the sentence, “A Great Miracle Happened There.” This game of chance works by spinning the top of the dreidel — whenever it lands on the right letter, you’ll win golden chocolate coins! Have your students ever played?

From playing dreidel games to lighting the hanukkiah each night — December is a month to remember! While their suncatchers are drying, take a short Hanukkah quiz with Mayim Bialik! What did they learn from the video? What did they already know?