December Holidays

Find holiday gift ideas, activities, recipes, and more for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Throw a multicultural celebration for all the December holidays!

10 Best Hanukkah Books for Kids

Celebrate Hanukkah with your child and a great book. You can learn about the story of Hanukkah and the history of the Jewish people while enjoying stories that are simply fun. Looking for more? Use our Book Finder tool to search for new books for kids of all ages! read more

8 Days of Hanukkah Gifts

So you have eight nights of gift giving to contend with, and don't even know where to begin? Here are our top gift ideas for Hanukkah this year. read more

A Hanukkah Book

This printable asks children to make a booklet full of Hanukkah pictures. read more

A Hanukkah Dreidel

This printable will show children how to make a dreidel and play the game. read more

African Animal Necklace

African Animal NecklaceThis necklace can be given as a zawadi gift, or your child can make it for himself. Materials No-Bake Craft Clay Animal cookie cutters (optional) String or thread Black satin cordDirections read more

African Beads

African BeadsZawadi (zah-WAH-dee) are the gifts given as rewards for having lived according to the Kwanzaa values during the year. Here is a simple way to make a necklace or bracelet that can be given as a zawadi gift. Materials Ziti noodles Black, red, and green tempera paint (optional) Paintbrushes Glitter, large buttons, plastic beads (optional) Shoelace, ribbon, or thin cord Pine cone (optional)Directions read more

All About Hanukkah

How much do you know about the celebration of Hanukkah? Take our quiz and find out. read more

Award-Winning Children's Books to Give in 2015

Check out a list of notable and award-winning children's books to give to kids in the 2014 holiday gift-giving season. Looking for more? Use our Book Finder tool to search for new books for kids of all ages! read more

Build a Menorah

Build a MenorahA menorah consists of nine candles, one for each day of Hanukkah, and one, called the shammash, used to light the other candles.  Materials 9 empty thread spools Playdough Large birthday candles Aluminum foil (optional)Directions read more

Chocolate-Dipped Spoons

Chocolate-Dipped SpoonsAge: Preschool and upTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Arts and CraftsThese spoons are a real treat! read more

Colorful Coffee-Filter Holiday Ornaments

Colorful Coffee-Filter Holiday OrnamentsAge: Preschool through elementaryTime: 30 minutes or more Type of activity: Arts and CraftsKids love love making ornaments at home. This holiday season, use colorful markers, glitter, and pipe cleaners to dress up ornaments your child can make right in your kitchen! read more

Corncob Painting

Corncob PaintingCorn is a traditional part of the Kwanzaa celebration. Fresh corn is difficult (or impossible) to get at this time of year, so use a dried corncob for this activity. Materials Paper Flat box (the kind a 24-pack of soda comes in) or large baking pan Red, green, and black liquid tempera paint Flat container for paint (big enough to fit the corn) Corncob (husk removed) Clear contact paper (optional) Directions read more

Decorative Dreidel Box

Decorative Dreidel Box You can make your own dreidel out of clay by following these simple instructions. The accompanying box will store and protect your dreidel from season to season. read more

Designer Dreidel

Designer Dreidel Holiday Hints Make several dreidel stained-glass ornaments to hang from each window, or string them together to make a garland. You might want to try making a Star of David design and alternating it with the dreidel. You can modify this project to fit any holiday theme by changing the symbol. Level: Easy Time involved: Half to one hour Materials: read more


DreidelDreidel is the name of both the small spinning top used to play this game and of the game itself. Follow these directions to make your own dreidel, then read on for some fun dreidel games.  Materials Small, square milk or juice carton Plain paper Tape Piece of 1/4-inch dowel or unsharpened pencil Pen or markerDirections read more

Dreidel Cut and Color

Print and color this Dreidel as a decoration for your Hanukkah celebration. read more

Dreidel Games

Print a worksheet that explains the meanings of the Hebrew letters on dreidels and describes two dreidel games for Hanukkah. read more

Dreidel Games for Preschoolers

Dreidel Games for PreschoolersMaterials Homemade or store-bought dreidel Pennies, dried beans, raisins, or other tokens for each playerDirections read more

Egg Carton Menorah

Egg Carton MenorahMaterials Empty egg carton Scissors Glue, tape, or stapler Blue and yellow tempera paint Q-Tips Directions read more

Handprint Menorah

Handprint MenorahMost one-year-olds will not sit still long enough for this activity, but most two- and three-year-olds will enjoy it. Materials White, yellow, and orange tempera paint Blue construction paper Directions read more

Handprint Menorah

Handprint Menorah Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: 1 sheet construction paper Blue tempera paint Yellow tempera paint 2 pie tins This activity is a great way to reinforce Jewish holiday traditions as well as introduce your child to counting concepts. read more

Hanukkah Apple Butter

Hanukkah Apple ButterOccurring for a full week in late December, Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the finding of the oil. Latkes, potato pancakes, are traditional. You can certainly make your own or buy the frozen potato variety and serve them with your own homemade apple butter. The aroma of the bubbling applesauce will fill your home with a holiday tang. read more

Hanukkah Donuts

Hanukkah Donuts Popular in Israel at Hanukkah time are hole-less donuts, called Sufganiyot. This is my grandmother's recipe for fried and sugared doughnuts. When I was little, I sometimes got to help her make them. My job was to shake the doughnuts in a bag of sugar to coat them (and eat my fill of them in the process). It was a wonderful bonding experience, and I'll never forget how good they tasted—all warm and sugary. Try making these with your own kids or grandkids. read more

Hanukkah Holiday

This printable asks children to draw a picture that shows what Hanukkah means to them. read more

Holiday Books for All Faiths

These books are a wonderful way for kids to learn more about their own holiday celebrations or to discover how others celebrate during the winter season. To read a more detailed description of the books, or to write reviews of them, click on the titles. read more

Holiday Crayon Crackle

Holiday Crayon CrackleAn Imagination Station Activity from KinderArt Age: Elementary and upTime: 30 minutes or moreType of Activity: Art read more

Holiday Personality Quiz

What does your holiday behavior say about you? Take this quiz to find out! read more

Holiday Stress-Busters: Advice for Parents

Holiday Stress-Busters: Advice for Parents The holidays are right around the corner — are you having fun yet? If you are, Ann Vernon would be surprised. As a counseling professor at the University of Northern Iowa with her own private practice, Vernon hears from a lot of exhausted parents this time of year. She says, "Most are striving for the Currier and Ives Christmas of their childhood, but in reality they're dreading the holidays." How can you beat back the dread and have the family holiday of your dreams? read more

I Am a Dreidel

I Am a Dreidel Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 5 minutes Your toddler will enjoy spinning her body like a dreidel. The song can be sung to the traditional dreidel tune or to "Row Row Row Your Boat." read more

iPod- and iPhone-Related Gifts for Kids

Looking for a gift for your iPod or iPhone obsessed child? Find the perfect iPhone/iPod case and accessories for kids of all ages, whether you're looking for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers or a graduation or birthday gift for your hard-to-please teen or tween. read more