Celebrating Hanukkah Out of the Box

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus

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).

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!

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.


3 thoughts on “Celebrating Hanukkah Out of the Box”

  1. What a fun idea! I will keep it in mind for friends who may be looking for a fun way to share some Hanukkah fun with little ones.

  2. 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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