Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and December is right around the corner, most people are thinking about the holiday season and how they’re going to celebrate with friends and family. For those getting amped up to celebrate the victory of the Maccabees’ victory over the Syrians and the re-dedication of the second temple in Jerusalem, one essential part of your decorations will by the menorah.
But, don’t let the fact that the menorah is a potent symbol and central fixture of the Festival of Lights deter you from finding one that is an appropriate expression of you and your kids’ inner nerds.
Here is a collection of fun, interesting and unique menorahs that you can bring into your home this Hanukkah that your kids will love.
The “Hanukkah In Your Pocket” menorah is perfect for the family on the go. This compact, foldable menorah measures a measly 2” by 3.4”, so fits easily in your pocket and so can be used to keep your family traditions alive even when you are away from the home. It’s lit by LEDs and runs on batteries, which are included. It’s not a permanent replacement for your menorah at home, but will do in a pinch!
This menorah puzzle is great for your younger, budding problem solvers to piece together over the course of Hanukkah. Turn your traditional celebration into a game as you and your toddler assemble the pieces of this puzzle together. The candles and flames are even on separate pieces, so your kids can practice “lighting” the individual candles.
For your household computer nerd, try this keyboard menorah. It’s nine ceramic pieces in the shapes of computer keyboard keys spell “Hanukkah 8,” but are moveable so you and your kids can practice coming up with anagrams out of the religious holiday. See if they can come up with a new word for each night of Hanukkah!
Sticking to the tech theme, your budding mad scientists will get a kick out of this handmade circuit board menorah. Designed and built from recycled circuitry from old electronics by artist Debby Arem, this piece is a celebration of repurposed items. The candle holders are brass bullet casings, and the menorah’s feet are recycled electronic relays. Use this item to teach a double message of remembering the past while conserving for the future.
Speaking of mad scientists, this LED menorah kit is the perfect project for your little tinkerers-at-heart. Assemble the LEDs, powersource and micro-controller into a functional menorah that automatically lights the correct number of LEDs each night of Hanukkah. This kit comes with everything you need, minus the AA batteries, but does require some soldering, so isn’t for the faint of heart. It also includes a full-color comic book style instruction booklet so your kids can easily follow along with the construction.