Star of David Craft, Stained-Glass Ornaments

Create this “Stained-Glass” Star of David Craft using tissue paper, glue and popsicle sticks!  It’s the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays, and a cute craft to go along with Hanukkah-themed books and lessons!

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Star of David Craft

The sunlight shining through the ornaments creates a beautiful stained-glass effect!

 

Star of David Craft Materials:

Assemble The Star Frames 

After gathering your materials, you will create the star frames out of popsicle sticks. Each ornament uses six popsicle sticks.

Glue three popsicle sticks together to make an equilateral triangle. Repeat until you have two triangles for each ornament you will be making.

Let the triangles dry separately for about 10-15 minutes.

Once they are dry, place the triangles on top of one another facing opposite directions to see where they will connect. Add a few dots of glue and press the triangles together until they stick on their own. Set the star frame(s) aside to dry.

 

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Thin some glue by putting it in a little bowl and mixing it with some water.  This way, you can paint the strips of tissue paper onto the star and the paintbrush does all the work! Just a little bit of glue is all you need to make the tissue paper stick.

You might want to show your kids how to lay the strips of tissue paper over the popsicle sticks and paint the glue mixture on, starting where the paper touches the popsicle sticks.   The glue mixture will soak through the tissue paper and, when it dries, all the tissue paper pieces will be permently attached to the star frame!

 

Star of David Craft

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The Final Steps

After each child has finished adding the tissue paper to their star, you (or another adult) can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Use a paintbrush dipped in the water/glue solution and smooth out the edges of the tissue paper pieces. Fill in any gaps with a little extra tissue paper and just kinda touch them up a little bit, only if you want and the kids don’t mind!  You may also prefer to leave them as they are.

Place the completed Star of David ornaments aside and let them dry for 30 minutes to an hour.  Some kids may go overboard with the glue water so those may take a little bit longer to dry!

 

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I added names to small paper plates to help me keep track of who’s star was who’s but I felt like that was kind of wasteful. Next time I might try writing names on pieces of masking tape and attaching that to each star.

Once the tissue paper is dry,  you can write each student’s name and the year on the ornament with a Sharpie.  You could even get fancy and use a metallic Sharpie if you have one!

 

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Another thing to do once the paper is dry is poke a little hole through the tissue paper near the inside of the top point on the star using a well-sharpened pencil.

Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie it in a loop so it can hang in a window, or anywhere the sunlight can shine through!

 

 

Star of David Craft

 

Did You Know?

The Star of David is a six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles. It is used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol and appears on the flag of Israel.

Books About Hanukkah for Kids

Before introducing the Star of David Craft, I like to give my students a little background on Hanukkah by reading a book beforehand. Here are a few books, available on Amazon, that you can use to help teach your children about why people celebrate Hanukkah, as well as the common symbols and traditions associated with this holiday.

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Make: Candy Cane Ornaments

Candy Cane Ornaments

Source: FountainAvenueKitchen.com

This is a fun, open-ended, hands-on activity where children make patterns with beads on a pipe cleaner. Here are my lesson plans.

Lesson Title: Candy Cane Ornaments

Subject: Math

Objectives: Students will recognize and create an AB pattern. (Colorado Standards: Math Knowledge And Skills: Patterns: The recognition of patterns, sequencing, and critical thinking skills necessary to predict and classify objects in a pattern.)

Materials: Pony beads (in groups of 5 different colors/ styles), pipe cleaners -any color (I use red), string, Book: The Legend of the Candy Cane

Procedure:  Read Book: The Legend of the Candy Cane.  Review AB pattern.  Model what it looks like to create an ABC pattern on the whiteboard.  Today we will be using ABC patterns to make a candy cane ornament.  Review the colors.  Model what it looks like to make an ABC pattern with the beads.  Then bend the pipe cleaner so it looks like a candy cane.  Students work at tables to create their candy cane ornaments.

Assessment:  The standards will have been met when students are able to use the beads to create an ABC pattern that repeats at least 3 times.

Extension: Students create a more complicated pattern, such as an AAB pattern or ABCD pattern.

Jingle Bells Song & Lyrics for Kids

Jingle Bells ~ Such a fun song to sing throughout the holidays! I’ve simplified the lyrics so that they are more appropriate for kindergarten and preschool aged kids.  The original version has many more verses so I took out the extra lyrics, that are unnecessary really, and we are left with this classic simplified version of Jingle Bells that your little ones will love to learn and sing!

sleigh ride imageJingle Bells Lyrics

Dashing through the snow

In a one horse open sleigh

O’er the fields we go

Laughing all the way (ha ha ha)

Bells on bob tails ring

Making spirits bright

What fun it is to laugh and sing

A sleighing song tonight

 

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh (hey!)

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh!

 

A day or two ago

I thought I’d take a ride

And soon Miss Fanny Bright

Was seated by my side

The horse was lean and lank

Misfortune seemed his lot

We got into a drifted bank

And then we got upsot!

 

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh (hey!)

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh (hey!)

 

Tie Dye Snowflakes

For this easy snowflake craft, you will use an eye dropper and salt to create a pretty tie dye effect! We had so much fun making these in our kindergarten class. Thanks, Cindy Bergeron for this awesome idea!

What you will need:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watered-down acrylic paint
  • Eyedroppers
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Blue painters tape
  • Blue construction paper

Directions:

1. Start by placing 3 pieces of painters tape onto the watercolor paper in a 6 pointed star asterisk shape.

2. Add 2 short pieces of tape to the end of each point on the asterisk, use the picture as a guide.

3. Have kids paint the whole piece of paper with water.  The paper should be pretty wet.

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4. Use eyedroppers to suction up different colors of watered down paint and drop onto the paper until the colors blend together as desired.

 

5. Sprinkle a little salt over the picture.

 

6. Let dry.

7. Remove the tape, attach to a blue pice of construction paper, and hang up your beautiful snowflake!

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