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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

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

:: Busy Busy Busy ::

Good evening ladies,

Boy have I been busy!!!! My fingers have sure had a work out lately.

Today will be another short post, because between the everyday things that need to get done, and the Christmas preparations, I have been driving myself nuts. A good happy kinda nuts of course. You know the candied kind?

Well, I won't reveal much, but let's just say, that it's all coming together just great. I know that the little recipients of these gifts will love them. And I have sure learned a lot about what the kiddies are into these days. I hear that even some adults are into this type of thing.

That's all I can say for now.

Have a great rest of your week!!!!