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More Montessori Hanukkah Activities: Shape and Number Fun
Working With the Metal Insets
Jewish culture and the traditions of Hanukkah feature some unique symbols that students can recreate as a craft by tracing the Metal Insets. Once these figures have been traced onto construction paper, students can carefully decorate with a bit of glitter, markers, or other decorations. This is a great activity for practicing fine motor skills! If you do this activity early in the week, you can collect the finished shapes, attach them to a piece of yarn, and use them to decorate your eating area or other parts of the classroom.
- To create a Dreidel, trace the square inset onto a piece of paper. Then, using the triangle, trace a pointed bottom for the square. For students who have never seen a Dreidel before, make sure to have a picture on hand, or describe that the shapes look much like an upside down house. After the student has made and decorated two Dreidel cut outs, have them glue the backs of each, and sandwich them with a Popsicle stick 'handle' in between.
- For a Star of David, trace the triangle inset once with the point facing up, and again overlapping with the point facing down. There are a lot of straight edges to cut out! Children will love decorating these stars with blue and silver glitter or with white crayons and watered down blue paint.
- Using a paper cutout Menorah, children can place a counter on each candlestick (for the ninth, middle candle, have it be already included in the cutout) and place a number tile underneath. If you are able to use an actual Menorah, provide small tapered candles in a container on the tray and children can count while placing candles into each holder.
- Cut out paper ones and twos, and allow children to arrange them to form the date 12 12 12. You can also place two different colored Popsicle sticks or cut straws on the tray, and let the students group them underneath the numbers. They will enjoy making the patterns of numbers and quantities, especially as a way to show Wednesday's date!
- While working with transferring activities, students can place items in small cups in groups of five, instead of in a single location. This would work great with Gelt counters! (Gelt is explained in this Hanukkah activity blog.)
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.