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Make your very own menorah to use for Hanukkah!

What You’ll Need:
*Rectangular shaped plastic or Styrofoam dish to use as a mold (frozen food trays work well – but must be one opening, no separate cut outs)
*Plaster of Paris
*Plastic tub
*Wooden stick or implement for stirring
*Paint
*Cooking spray
*Hex nuts, opening should be large enough to fit your Hanukkah candles, 10 per menorah
*Glue
*Small toys such as cars, plastic animals, jewels, stones, seashells, etc.

Preparation:
*Talk about the Hanukkah menorah. Thousands of years ago, the Jewish people were forbidden to practice their religion. A small band of Jews waged battle against the strong army and drove them out of the Land of Israel. When they reclaimed their Holy Temple, they wanted to light the Temple’s menorah, but there was only enough oil to last one night. It would take eight days to get more oil. Miraculously, the one-day supply of oil lasted eight days and nights, and the holiday of Hanukkah was established. To commemorate these miracles, we light the Hanukkah menorah on each of the eight nights of Chanukah. The ninth candle is the Shamash, or guardian, and is used to light the other eight candles. It should be taller than the other eight candles because it is said to watch over them.
*Prepare the Plaster of Paris in the plastic tub, following the package directions. Add some paint and stir to give the Plaster of Paris some color.
*Spray the plastic or Styrofoam mold with cooking spray.
*Pour the Plaster of Paris into the sprayed mold.

Activity:
*When the Plaster of Paris starts to set, but is not yet dry, place 9 hex bolts in a row across the top or bottom of the menorah. Push gently into the plaster. To make the Shamash, glue the 10th hex nut on top of the center nut in the plaster.
*Around the hex nuts, which will serve as the candle holders, decorate your menorah with the small toys or decorations you have picked out.
*Allow the plaster to dry thoroughly.
*Send us a picture of your kids with their menorahs and we may post it to our site! info@mycalendarmaker.com.

Suggested Resources:
*Make another menorah out of baby food jars - from MyActivityMaker.com
* Cut and Paste Menorah - from MyActivityMaker.com

This activity can be found in the Holidays section of our site.