The children in Shalom, Chaverim! (“Welcome, Friends!” for ages 0 – 3 and their grown-ups) are starting to explore Chanukah.
They used a variety of media to place Chanukah candles into chanukiot (menorahs or candle-holders) including foam shapes onto contact paper, felt Chanukah shapes, real candles in play-doh, and a toy Chanukah set. In this way they practice fine-motor skills while manipulating objects and shapes connected to the holiday.
Children painted tiles using acrylic paint and bulb-shaped brushes intended for small hands. Check out how engaged, focused, and proud they are! Next week the children will turn these tiles into their own handmade chanukiot to light during Chanukah. Some of these children will be celebrating Chanukah for the first time!