I am a big fan of stickers for Jewish art projects. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I am not a talented crafts person.
But I love to do all kinds of projects with little ones. Coloring. Collage. Cooking. Writing stories. So I’m always on the look-out for simple things that I can use.
Stickers are a favorite go-to. When I’m placing an order from places like Current or any of the Judaica shops, or shopping at Target, WalMart, dollar stores, or TJ Maxx, I’ll give a quick check to see if they have stickers that I can pair with holidays, like:
- Apple stickers for Rosh Hashanah
- Frog stickers for Passover
- Dreidel stickers for Hanukkah
From those stickers, we can:
#1 – Make name tags for the dinner table
#2 – Create note cards adorned with the holiday-themed designs
#3 – Draw/paint/collage pictures adding the stickers for an extra flourish
I then stash away the art stuff in a basket that lives in an IKEA bookshelf. The kids know to look for the basket with the ART label when they feel like crafting something. There, they’ll find crayons (regular ones and fat ones for little hands), colored pencils, markers (in two sizes), scissors for smaller hands, glue sticks, and construction paper.
Within the stickers collection, in addition to themed stickers, I have a variety of large letters - flat colors and shiny ones - that the kids like to use when making cards and posters. Depending on the ages of the kiddoes, I can bring out the glitter glue - which can be SO much fun, but does best with kids five and up.
Having everything ready at a moment’s notice makes it much easier to capitalize on a creative mood.
This past Hanukkah, we did four of the six projects I had planned, including:
- Making our 6-foot-long Hanukkah banner
- Rolling beeswax candles
- Creating a Hanukkah centerpiece
- Making yummy edible dreidels
We did not have time to do two of the ta-da projects I’d planned, so I’ve tucked away those materials until another time. One of them included
- A sheet of white foam core
- 3-D initials of all the kids involved
- Battery-operated lights to surround the project
Those materials will be ready for a next adventure.
Happy Crafting! And happy shopping for art project supplies!