And because she wants to be just like her older brother, doing everything he does without help from mommy and daddy, it's going to be a real challenge come Chanukah this year. My husband and I will wrestle to hold her hand so she doesn't burn the house down or worse, herself.
So. what is a parent to do when faced with the dilemma of keeping one's toddler safe when handling fire, while still allowing her some independence?
I've been obsessed with�making these luminaries�With a few recycled materials, some Mod Podge and LED tea lights you too can create a tot-safe menorah just in time for the Festival of Lights!�
And if you don't need a tot-safe menorah how about some cool�Star of David luminaries made the same way with a few simple variations?
Step 1: Gather materials
8 recycled glass jars all the same size
1 recycled glass jar that's taller than all the rest
Mod Podge (I used a glossy finish for extra shine)
Tissue paper recycled from last year's Chanukah gifts (I used white, blue and yellow)
Step 2: A couple more things to be gathered
LED tea lights
Optional number stickers (I didn't have any so I used my trusty label maker. I also used it to label the shamash candle)
One last requirement, lots of funky Chanukah tunes to really get things shaking!
Step 3: Protect your space
Step 4: Iron things out
Step 5: Cut it up
Step 6: Cover and smothered
Step 7: Sticking together
Do these last 2 steps to each of the eight jars then set them aside to dry.
Step 8: Cut it out
(side note: I actually cut out double flames and candles to really make them pop when glued to the jars. So instead of only 8 flames and 8 candles I cut out 16 flames and 16 candles--get it?)
Step 9: Touch the flame
Step 10: Can you handle the candle?
Do the last two steps to all eight jars then set aside again to dry. Perhaps shine up the ol' menorah or hunt down Bubbie's famous latke recipe while you wait?
Step 11: Number them
This is an optional step, but I thought since I was making the menorah special for my daughter it might as well be a teachable moment. I wanted to show her that there are 8 candles for the 8 nights of Chanukah and that they are placed in the menorah from right to left but lit left to right. My daughter's fine motor skills got a nice workout placing the stickers onto the jars.
Step 12: Seal things up
Step 13: Don't forget about the big boy
Much to my son's dissatisfaction he insisted that we needed to make one stating, "What kind of menorah doesn't have a shamash? It's the service candle after all!" To that I responded, "You think it needs one so badly, you make it."
He did, and he insisted it be bigger than the rest and that it had a label so his sister would know it was the shamash. What a good big brother!