Hanukkah with Tweens

Posted November 28, 2018  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Once kids reach upper elementary and middle school, they’ve battled the "December dilemma," played dreidel, and have had their share of handprint menorahs. While it may seem tough to keep engaging kids of this age group, Hanukkah is a great opportunity to hand off some of the holiday responsibilities to your tweens. Invite them to choose an activity for each night, make a latke bar, say the blessings, or act out the Hanukkah story.

Boy lighting Menorah

Since kids in this age group already know the customs and traditions associated with Hanukkah, focus on books that build on themes inherent to the story of the Maccabees: courage, bravery, and doing what is right. Here are some great titles to check out:

A Time to be Brave
Like a Maccabee
Scout's Honor and the Cave of Courage
Seymour, the Formerly Fearful


This is just the tip of the sufganiyot! If you’d like more information about celebrating Hanukkah with tweens, visit the PJ Our Way Hanukkah Hub.

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