Hanukkah, also known as “The Festival of Lights” (and sometimes spelled “Chanukah”) is an eight-day Jewish holiday starting on the 25th day of Kislev, which may occur at any time from late November to late December (source: wikipedia).
This year, Hanukkah begins the same day as Thanksgiving, something that has never happened before and will never happen again.
While my family is not Jewish, I wanted my children (and myself!) to learn more about Jewish culture and traditions. It’s important to me that we learn as much as we can, out of respect for our friends that are Jewish and because Jewish culture is deeply intertwined with our own Christian history.
All of the resources here were found on the internet and are completely free! I hope your family finds them useful in your homeschool (or classroom) studies too!
As I mentioned, I am still learning about Jewish culture and traditions. If I’ve made an error, please let me know. If you’ve got a great resource I missed, please share it in the comments section below!
Links to Online Lessons
The Story of Hanukkah
Read this very short passage as an introduction to the story of Hanukkah.
History of Hanukkah
Read this account of the Birth of Hanukkah and its celebration, including symbolic foods.
Learn more about Hanukkah traditions, including the Miracle of the Oil.
History of the Dreidel
Learn about the history of the Dreidel, how to play and the meaning of the Hebrew letters on each one.
Significance of the Menorah
Learn all about the Menorah and why it signifies the Feast of Lights.
The Star of David
Learn about the meaning of the Star of David
Hands-On Projects and Activities
Make a Dreidel
Follow the directions to make your own dreidel, then try your hand at a game with a friend or family member.
Craft a Hanukkah Menorah
Use wooden spools, paint and yellow eraser pencil toppers to make this craft. (does not actually light up)
Create a Menorah
Want something that really lights up? Use baby food jars and candles to create this Menorah
Recommended for ages 6+, create this wreath using a wire coat hanger, TP rolls and paint.
Star of David Window Ornament
Add a little sparkle to your windows by making these pretty ornaments
Cooking for Hanukkah
Try making Hanukkah coins or Latkes. How do you like them?
Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah
Read this book and make a craft – links to more resources to!
Worksheets, Printables & Online Activities
Beautiful pictures to print and color.
Online Jigsaw Puzzle
See if you can put this holiday picture back together.
Reading Comprehension Worksheet
Print this worksheet, read the short passage and try to answer the questions.
(For the older kids) Print and solve this word puzzle about Hanukkah blessings.
A high quality printable word puzzle (with answer key!).
Lined Journaling Pages
Print your choice of journaling pages to keep track of what you’ve learned.
Free Online Videos
Watch this video from the History Channel to learn more about the history of Hanukkah.
Free Online Audio
The Story of Hanukkah
Listen to the story of the Maccabees
A large collection of games and other learning goodies for learning about Hanukkah for kids.
Scholastic Lesson Plans
Lesson plans & printables for teaching about the dreidel.
A list of literature for children about Hanukkah.
Hanukkah Clip Art
Free clip art to use.