8 Days of Magna-Tiles: Building a Hanukkah Menorah
Falling every year between late November and late December, Hanukkah is celebrated over eight blessed nights with traditional foods, prayers, and the nightly lighting of the menorah. And for families with children especially, this celebration, also known as the Festival of Lights, often involves a plethora of fun games and activities. This year, your family can fuse your timeless traditions with a new one – building a menorah out of Magna-Tiles®! Here’s a quick breakdown of how to do so.
Choose Bright, Colorful Magna-Tiles® Sets
First, you’ll need a Magna-Tiles® set to build the base for your menorah, as well as the candles and flames. We offer a wide range of kids magnetic building sets that will not only contain enough pieces for this project but also enable your entire family to unleash their inner creativity. If you’re not sure where to start, give one of these sets a try:
This set is a great choice for building a Hanukkah menorah. It contains a mix of small and large squares, as well as plenty of equilateral, right, and isosceles triangles. Plus, it features eye-catching transparency and vivid, fog-free hues that give off an appearance akin to stained glass, making it the perfect addition to your holiday décor.
Though this set is popular for building skyscrapers and bustling cities, its pieces are also ideal for creating a menorah. Equilateral, right, and isosceles triangles and small squares will serve your family well for the menorah’s base and candles, while unique pieces like quarter circles and windows make for unique flames. You can even use the set’s single spinner as the center candle’s source of light.
Take your menorah to a 3D level this year! With the Magna-Qubix® 85-Piece Set, you and your loved ones can use square pyramids, triangular pyramids, cubes, and prisms to bring your menorah to life and add a one-of-a-kind decoration to your Hanukkah celebration.
Building and “Lighting” Your Menorah
Using a photo or your traditional menorah as a guide, simply “click” your Magna-Tiles® or Magna-Qubix® pieces together to form your base and candles. Once this step is complete, use orange and yellow pieces to create miniature flames, and then set them aside.
In keeping with the Hanukkah tradition, there are nine total candles on a menorah, with the center candle remaining lit throughout the celebration and used to light one other candle each night. With a Magna-Tiles® menorah, you can simply place your premade flames atop each candle when your family gathers around for the ceremonious lighting. Thanks to the strong magnets our magnetic shapes are constructed with, your structure will stay intact for the entire eight nights, and you won’t have to worry about excited children knocking over lit candles.
Start a New Hanukkah Tradition with Magna-Tiles®
If you’re looking for a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy this Hanukkah season, you’re sure to make a hit when you build a menorah with products from Magna-Tiles®. For more ideas on celebrating your favorite holidays with Magna-Tiles®-inspired activities, contact us today.
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