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Books for the Holidays: Hanukkah

The first night of Hanukkah begins Sunday evening. Jewish families all over the world will begin the holiday after nightfall. Traditionally, Jewish families will light the first candle of their Menorah on Sunday after nightfall, as they light the candle they will say three blessings, every night from then on they will recite two blessings. The Menorah has 9 candles, 8 for the 8 nights of Hanukkah and one to be used to light the others.

Hanukkah is a very beautiful and meaningful holiday in Judaism. It commemorates the the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt. If you and our children would like to learn more about Hanukkah you may want to check out this child-friendly history.

This month we want to highlight a book that talks about Hanukkah and what it is like to celebrate it during a time when other religions are also celebrating their holiday. Hanukkah happens in November or December depending on the Gregorian Calendar. This means it can occur before, or during the Christian holidays.The book, Chanukah Lights Everywhere follows a brother and sister through their celebration of Hanukkah, and shows how they notice all of the other celebrations going on around them. The book shows how the many different celebrations are all happening and at once and how they each bring joy and love to their respective followers. It shines a light on the importance of respecting cultures, religions, and allowing for each of them to coexist in peace. This is an excellent book for teaching about not just Hanukkah but also about cultural acceptance and respect. It is an excellent book for the holidays, no matter which holiday you are celebrating this season.

 

Pumpkin Launcher: Lego Fun

Every year the weekend of Thanksgiving my family watches a show called Punkin Chunkin. On this show people from all over the country gather in Delaware to launch pumpkins from catapult machines and canons. The pumpkin that travels the farthest wins. It is a silly and fun show that allows for creativity and incredible engineering. This year I found a fun little activity for the kids to do while they watch. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always coming up with incredible ways to entertain my brood!

This Pumpkin Catapult is made from Legos, a family favorite in this house, and uses engineering to launch little candy pumpkins across the room. Now this of course is not on the level of Punkin Chunkin, but it is lots of fun!

pumpkin launcher

If your little ones (or even your big ones!) love to create things and launch things then this is the perfect little activity. You can even use a tape measure and wage your own little competition for who can launch the pumpkin the farthest! Be careful not to launch it at anyone, and have a great time! Head over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for a full tutorial on how to create the catapult!

Best Books: Halloween

Do you have an early reader at home? One of the best series for learning to read, or improving the skills of a new reader is the Pete the Cat books. not only are they easy-to-read for new readers but they are fun and contain themes that are understandable for early readers.

This month we want to highlight the Halloween Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat: Trick or Treat is a fun book for early readers to read alone this holiday or to an older or younger sibling. Younger siblings will also love the fun flaps that surprise the reader with hidden illustrations. Readers can follow Pete as he experiences all the fun of Halloween. It even helps younger kids to understand the spooky elements of Halloween and see it as the fun and surprise that it is meant to be for small children.

This fun early reader book is great for that younger child this Halloween. If you are a fan of Pete the Cat it is a great addition to a growing collection!