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Saturday, December 17, 2011

~ Marshmallow Menorah ~

Good afternoon my dear ladies.
As we near Chritsmas day (only 7 days left), this week many begin another countdown. I am referring to Chanukah. This Tuesday is the first day of lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidle, giving and receiving gifts, eating latkes and jelly donuts, singing traditional songs, and so much more.
A fun and festive time for so many folks.
All week I've been racking my brain, trying to cone up with a unique Chanukah craft for my Shabbat school students. I teach first through third grade children, and as many of you know, this age group is very active and sometimes easily distracted. Somy project had to be quick, easy and fun. After searching the internet high and low I found instructions on how to make a "marshmallow menorah".
Well, I came home with all my materials, thinking this should be easy peasy. Well, as you can see by my prototype, not so easy peasy.
Working with sticky frosting, colored sugar, and marshmallows can be quite messy. None the less, by last night it was too late for a change of plan.
So, I braved it. After teaching my kiddies the story of Chanukah, I pulled out all my materials, I wish you could've seen the look on their faces!!
They they were in sugar heaven!!!
Making a few adjustments to the original design, we quickly got to work.
I was amazed at how well they work with sticky, I guess they would be experts at it, what did I expect.
I wish I had taken photos of their creations, all so beautiful and unique. I even heard some oohs and aahs from some of the parents.
It was a true success, and believe it or not clean up was minimal.
A good day with my little ones, and a sad day as well, I am taking a break from teaching for a while, and I will miss them immensely. I've enjoyed every minute of teaching them and pray that in some small way I have made a difference in their lives.
Have a great rest of your day.
And a great week. Shavua tov


  1. Fine Almost Chilean Lady;
    I am not familiar at all with this tradition, As you know, being brought up catholic, the only things that we have is the advent candles, but this one you mention… does not ring the bell? Is it Jewish? Are YOU?
    Anyway, will you eat the candles? Jaja :P

  2. Hi Lory,
    As always your comments always make me laugh!!!! :)

    I really do think that the children couldn't wait to go home to eat up all that sugar.
    Yes, Chanukah is a Jewish Holy day. More historical then anything.
    Chanukah commemorates the event when Judas Macabeus, took back the temple from Antiochus Epiphanes. The temple was cleansed and rededicated.
    And when they went to find oil to light the candles, there was just enough oil for one day, but miraculously the candles burned for eight days. (in a nut shell)

    Anyway, my marshmallow Menorah fell to the floor into a huge sticky mess, rendering it no longer edible. :(

    But I still have a ton of marshmallows left over. :-/

    Take care!!!!