Popsicle Stick Menorah – with Velcro flames!

  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Glue
Use whatever paint colors you like!

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Ideal Age Range:

3 – 6 – but this is very adaptable for younger children

Mess Factor:

Medium – High

Prep Time:

< 5 minutes of prep. Gather the items you need, cover your table and put scrap paper down for each child to paint on. For each child, set out the paint colors you want to use and 1 brush per color.

I set out to make a more traditional Menorah, but I had these fun neon color paints left over and wanted to use them. I love the brighter color holiday décor trends this year – no rules in 2020!!

I used thick felt as the background for this project, you can also easily use construction paper. If you want to hang this up as an interactive decoration for Hanukkah, I recommend attaching either the felt or construction paper to cardboard backing for extra support.

Active Instructions:

  1. Paint the tops of your popsicle sticks in your desired colors.
    • This is a great opportunity to use this activity as a color or pattern lesson.
    • We created a pattern with the neon colors and then painted the shamash candle a different color.
    • Tip for younger children: Line a baking tray with foil and place popsicle sticks in the tray. Let your child paint the popsicle sticks in the tray. (For very young children, larger popsicle sticks may be helpful.)
  2. Add a second coat of paint (if needed) to the popsicle sticks.
  3. Lift each popsicle stick to make sure it doesn’t stick to the paper as it dries. Let the sticks dry before finishing the project.
Step 1 – paint the popsicle sticks

Step 3 – let dry

  1. Arrange the popsicle sticks onto the background (4 candles per side with the shamash in the middle, slightly higher).
  1. Glue each popsicle stick in place.
  2. Place the hook side of a velcro dot on top of each popsicle stick candle, about 1/4″ from the top of the stick. (This is where the “flame” will be.)
Step 5 – glue each stick in place

Step 6 – place Velcro dots

  1. Place a metallic pompom on top of each Velcro circle (we used a mixture of orange + yellow).

You can store the pompoms with your menorah (tape a small plastic bag on the backside if needed). Start with one pompoms on the shamash and one of the left-most candle. Add another pompoms each night for all 8 nights of Hanukkah!

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