In my family, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Mostly out of tradition, more than religion. Yet we feel it's important for the kids to understand why we celebrate at this time of the year and the meaning behind the traditions.
An explanation or speech from us parents or grandparents can, however, be boring. That's when these resources come in handy to engage the kids in the holiday:
• Sing songs: A great list of Hanukkah songs with videos at Kveller.
• Read books like: Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah, Elmo's Little Dreidel, Light the Lights! A Story About Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle, Hanukkah Moon.
• Watch made-for-kids videos on Hanukkah like: Sesame Street, The Story of Hanukkah includes worksheets and more on the site, How to Understand the Hanukkah Story.
• Cook yummy food: Hanukkah Sweets, Hanukkah Foods Wine Pairing, Jelly Doughnut.
• Let them see for themselves on these website: Lil' Fingers, Chabad, Billy Bear's Hanukkah for Kids.
• Games and toys that kids can have fun with: Hanukkah Helpers, Suncatcher Kit, Wooden Hanukkah Set, Box of Questions, Card Games, Musical Yoyo's.
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