Holiday Gifts Your Kids Can Make

Hanukkah Gifts

"Use any type of clay that will dry solid, or clay you can bake. Give your child a big hunk of clay to pound to the heart's content. When the clay is smashed (not too thin), stick nine candles into it, to form the candleholders. Remove the candles, and let the child paint the menorah. Let it dry, then it's ready for the holidays!

Menorah Snack
"Give a paper plate and nine marshmallows to each child. Have them spread peanut butter on the plate, then stick the marshmallows onto it. Let the children poke one pretzel stick (candle) into each marshmallow. Pretend to light the candles, say the prayer -- then eat up!"
  -- txbarbrat

Hanukkah Grab Bag
"We have come up with a great tradition that seems to work well and cut down on an excess of presents and cost. Before Hanukkah each child decorates a paper grocery sack. When Hanukkah arrives, we wrap up eight small gifts for each child's grab bag. On every night of Hanukkah the children may take one gift from their grab bag after we light the candles."
  -- txbarbrat

Kwanzaa Gifts

Holiday Mobile
This beautiful mobile incorporates the three colors and seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Materials needed:
• Red, black and green felt
• Scissors
• Glue stick
• Three wooden paint stirrers
• Tempera paint
• Wood glue
• Pushpin

• Fishing line

1. Cut shapes from the felt to represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa: a drum for creativity, say, or a star for purpose. Mark each with the first letter of the principle it stands for. Cut the letters from felt, and apply them with the glue stick.

2. To form the hanger, paint the three stirrers red, black and green. When dry, stack and glue them so their tips fan out like the spokes of a wheel. Let dry, then use a pushpin to poke a hole one inch from each of the six ends. Make a seventh hole through the center, where the stirrers cross. Thread a foot-long piece of fishing line through each hole and tie a knot at the top. Poke small holes through the tops of the felt shapes and tie them to the seven fishing lines.

3. To suspend the mobile, thread three two-foot pieces of fishing line under the crossed stirrers. Thread each end of these lines up through one of the six Vs formed by the crossed stirrers. Gather the six strands and secure with a knot just above the center point of the stirrers.

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