Celebrate Holiday Lights in Child Care

Here are ideas to celebrate holiday lights!

December is time for celebrations for many cultures and lights play a large role in many holidays including:

  • Christmas- In the past, trees were decorated with candles, which symbolized Christ being the light of the world.
  • Hanukkah-For eight days , Jewish people light a special candle holder called a Menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in the temple.
  • Kwanzaa-It is celebrated in part by lighting  a candle holder called a Kinara.


Christmas Lights-Ask children to use colored paint to make thumbprints on the paper and then you can use a marker to draw a line and connect them to look like a string of lights.





Hanukkah Lights-Children can make their own menorah using clay or dough to hold the candles





Kwanzaa Lights-Children can decorate recycled paper tubes to create their own Kinara







Eight Candles

tune- “Frere Jacques”
Eight Candles, eight candles,
I can’t wait, I can’t wait.
Hanukkah is here,
We celebrate each year.
Hanukkah, Hanukkah.
Eight candles, eight candles,
I can’t wait, I can’t wait.
We count the lights,
Shining so bright.


Kwanzaa’s Here

tune- “Three Blind Mice”
Red, green, black,
Red, green, black.
Kwanzaa’s here,
Kwanzaa’s here.
The decorations are quite a sight,
We light a candle every night,
The holiday is filled with light.
Kwanzaa’s here


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