Thursday, December 6, 2007

Chanukah candle magnets (craft for kids)

Here's a quick Chanukah craft for kids. We made Chanukah candle magnets by painting a couple of those promotional business-card magnets that seem to breed behind our refrigerator.

You can always buy the magnets if your junk mail supply runs low. There are also printableversions available if you need to make things in bulk, say for a birthday party or classroom activity.)

I used two junk-mail magnets to make this project. One magnet was cut horizontally into nine candles (8 chanukah candles + 1 for the shamash), and the other into 9+ flames.

Then my crack painting professional went to work. Glitter paint was used (not necessary, but nice) to make the flames "sparkle". (Note our standard painting setup: shopping bag taped to kitchen table and yogurt-container-lid paint palette.)

A carefully opened (so no sharp edges) and well washed metal can makes a fantastic storage container for play magnets. This one was from one of Costco's 4.5 lbs of tuna!

Since the container itself attracts the magnets, its outside can be used for play, while the contents don't spill when the can is knocked over.

By the way, if your child has one of those MagnaDoodle toys, you can extend the play value by using whatever magnets you have to use with it. Light magnets, such as the chanukah candles above, will stick to the device's surface. If removed, they'll make their shape.

You (or the children) can make all sorts of custom magnets (suggestions: Hebrew alphabet, shapes, numbers, stars, whole words, etc.) to use with it.

In fact, if using one of those toys, there's a lot of Chanukah play value to be had by taking a business card magnet and making just the one candle and one flame. No paint or drying time needed!

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Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Love it. Great idea.

orieyenta said...

That's it...I can't take any more of your WONDERFUL ideas! :)

We need to "pitch" you to a publishing company - there certainly aren't enough Jewish craft books for kids around.

Deb @ inner compass designs said...

I found your blog via the Crafty Crow and just want to say thanks for this great craft. I am raising my kids (half Jewish / half Anglican) in a very non-Jewish country and this is the first Chanukah craft i have come across!! and something i can manage this weekend with them!!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Love the magnet idea...great way to use up those business magnets and perfect activity for little hands. Thanks!

Inna D. said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks!
(I found this via the Crafty Crow)

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