By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
My daughter loves to play games. She enjoys her CandyLand, and we also get a lot of mileage out of puzzles (it doesn’t hurt that mommy loves putting them together, too). But I was stymied about what to do about Chanukah this year. Playing dreidel is a given (although try to find a dreidel this time of year and you’re out of luck).
That’s why I was delighted to get Hanukkah in a Box from Jewish Holidays In A Box . The box is literally a party in a container.
The kit includes 4 plastic dreidels with a large laminated card deciphering the meaning of the symbols and teaching how to play the game (admittedly, I needed a refresher course). The box also contains: napkins, coloring pages, a cool-looking paper menorah with cut out candles to use as a coloring and gluing craft project, a kid-friendly all-about-Hanukkah primer with the story of the holiday (see photo above) and laminated large reference cards, which include Hanukkah Candle Lighting tips, Blessings, a Glossary, FAQs, Decorating Tips,and a yummy Latke Recipe. There’s more..for the singers in the family (like yours truly), there’s a laminated song sheet (Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah and I Had a Little Dreidel are a few of the songs featured on the sheet), plus decorative paper goods and ribbons (which my daughter -clearly thinking out of the box- already used to play with the cat).
But the clear hit for my daughter and our family was the Hanukkah Bingo game which had its appearance during Hurricane Sandy and subsequent power failure while grandma and grandpa were staying with us since (unlike her toy of choice, my IPAD or precious Dora the Explorer TV Show), it requires neither WI-FI or electricity.
Also..there is an audio CD which takes you through the blessings, explains how to pronounce Hebrew words and gives the meanings. Plus a bunch of thank you notes that the kids can use to thank family and friends for the Hanukkah loot (or gelt). That’s a lot of bang for your….box!