Arts & Crafts

DIY Candy Menorah Craft

By: Highlights Editorial
A play menorah made of painted foam and candy kisses.
minute activity
Ages 3+
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor Skills

With chocolate-candy “flames” and candy-stick “candles,” this Hanukkah craft will put everyone in the holiday spirit. Put kids in charge of making and "lighting" this sweet menorah. Just make sure to have a few extra candies on hand—crafting can work up an appetite!

What You'll Need

What to Do

  1. Cut a small piece from one end of the plastic foam. Glue it to the top of the foam. Decorate the base with Hanukkah designs.

  2. Insert a candy stick (the shamash, or “helper” candle used to light all the others) into the raised foam block.

  3. Insert 8 more candy sticks into the remainder of the base.

  4. On the first night of Hanukkah, use double-sided tape to attach a chocolate candy to the top of the shamash candle and the first candle in the row of 8.

  5. Each night, “light” another “candle” by adding a chocolate candy.

  6. On the eighth night, “light” the last candle and afterward enjoy the edible parts of the menorah!

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Together, count the total number of chocolate “lights” that you’ll need for the menorah. Set them aside until they’re ready to be used. Then count the “candles” in the menorah. Emphasize the one-to-one correspondence by explaining that there’s one “light” for each “candle.”

Older kids: Grab a ruler and talk about math and measurements. Decide together how much foam you’ll need to create the raised foam block. Then ask your child to measure the foam block again to double-check their work. Next, talk about how to determine the placement of the candles. How can your child make sure they’re spaced out evenly?

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By: Highlights Editorial