Celebrating Hanukkah Out of the Box

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus

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Hanukkah Bingo from The Hanukkah in a Box kit from Jewish Holidays in a Box is a clear hit in our house

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).

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A great booklet explaining all about the Festival of Lights.

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!

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If you have kids or planned nights with the grandparents, you need to get this NOW, so you can breathe a sigh of relief (like I did). Jewish Holidays in a Box (which offers a variety of other kits, too), has you covered.
Disclosure: I received a kit to review, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 Celebrating Hanukkah Out of the Box

About Estelle Erasmus

Estelle Erasmus is an award-winning journalist and former magazine editor-in-chief who is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Estelle blogs about life raising a young daughter in midlife at Musings on Motherhood & Midlife. She is the co-author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age (Adams Media), and has been a featured author in several anthologies. Estelle won BlogHer Voices of the Year awards in 2012 and 2014. She is a 2014 Disney Social Media Moms, and a 2014 National Geographic Kids Insider. She has spoken about publishing at Folio MidWest and iRetreat2014. She writes regularly on travel, parenting and lifestyle issues.

3 thoughts on “Celebrating Hanukkah Out of the Box”

  1. Thanks, Estelle! It’s so nice to “meet” your daughter, after reading about her for awhile. Lovely to imagine her playing Hanukkah Bingo with you and the grand-’rents.

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