The Kiwi Crate Handmade Hanukkah offers a handmade menorah and dreidel activity! Kiwi Crate is a kids’ craft and activity subscription and it comes with everything you need to create 2 excellent crafts. They also offer a variety of single crates without subscription, plus awesome holiday crafts. See all the Kiwi Crate holiday gift subscriptions and holiday shop items here!
This specially-themed Hanukkah Crate had two great crafts. They are listed as highly messy, but they mess is quite containable with a bit of prep.
Everything in the crate. This special pack didn’t have the usual explore! magazine, just two fun crafts.
The instructions are, as always, crystal clear and easy to follow. This kit also invites a bit of reflection on the meaning of the ritual and significance of the Menorah.
A sheet of butcher paper neutralized the messiness of the project. Other than some intense washing of modpodged fingers afterward, the mess was non-existent (though one ill-contained cough did create a diaspora of tissue).
The craft is pretty simple, but it occupies a bit of time, given the number of vessels to cover.
Plenty of modpodge and paper was included. It wasn’t enough to do the entire Menorah in a two-color scheme, for example, but there was plenty of materials layer several layers of tissue if that effect is desired.
We opted for a light touch with the tissue, applying 6-7 squares per holder, but we applied plenty of the modpodge – the glitter is in the mod podge, which makes it a lot less messy!
The faux candles didn’t work very well straight out of the box. I think they had some internal corrosion that interfered with the contacts. It must have been very minor, though, since smacking them a few times was an effective fix.
Brightest LED candles could be used to make the display brighter (particularly if you were to layer on lots of tissue to create a more opaque effect), but the candles provided worked well with our thin tissue approach.
The second craft in the box was My Dreidel Spin Art. Along with the pictured supplies, you can use the Kiwi box to contain any splatter (and there will be splatter).
This is a very simple project that even young kids can do quite easily.
Some assistance may be necessary if kids are not yet coordinated enough to spin the dreidel with sufficient force.
Stickers are provided to transform your crafting tool into a true dreidel.
The dreidel spun extremely well — they must test each one for balance, because it was not the least bit wobbly and hovered over the same spot while spinning. This quality is essential for this craft, and I was glad to see that the requisite attention was given to this important detail.
The paint dispensers were very easy to use.
The crate worked perfectly for containing the spray. It flew off the dreidel in a horizontal trajectory, so it clung neatly to the interior of the crate, not our table!
The first batch was pretty cool — we are going to experiment with our application technique to create even more effects. The kit came with lots of paint, and a big stack of paper, so there is lots of fun to be had!
This is a great Crate for the holiday season, whether you celebrate Hanukkah or just want to have a fun set of crafts to spend some quality time over and learn about a different culture. Jen will be here for the kids’ birthdays (which fall during Hanukkah this year), so we are excited to celebrate it this year too!
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The Description: Arts, crafts, and science activities subscription for kids ages 3-7. Get a monthly subscription filled with all the materials and inspiration that will let your child explore, imagine, and create, all centered around a fun monthly theme!
The Price: $19.95 per month, down to $16.95 per month on a year long subscription
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