Hanukkah Toys and Puzzles

Hanukhah, sometimes referred to as the Festival of Lights, is not as significant a holiday in Judaism as Christmas is in Christianity, even though they occur at the same time of year. However, it is still a time that parents can share the stories and traditions of Judaism with their children. One way to share the stories of Hanukkah is through the many wonderful children's books about Hanukkah. Another way is through toys and puzzles with a Hanukkah theme. Here are some good ones!

Chanukah Puzzle

Chanukah Puzzle
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This colorful 18-piece wooden puzzle is in the shape of a Menorah. Your child will love putting it together and what's really nice is that each candle is a separate piece and so is each flame! That means that a child could "light" each candle on the right day -- but your child will probably want to put this puzzle together several times a day. Maybe he can put it together several times during Hanukkah and stop with the flames, putting the right piece on the right candle the last time he puts the puzzle together for the day. It also makes a beautiful decoration for your child's room.

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Chanukah Wood Peg Puzzle

Chanukah Puzzle
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This is a wonderful starter puzzle for the little ones. The wooden puzzle has Hanukkah related shapes that your child will fit into the right shaped hole in the frame. The shapes include a Menorah, presents, a dreidel, coins, food, and a Happy Hannukkah banner.

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Happy Chanukah Teddy Bear with Plush Dreidel

Hanukkah Bear
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Does your child love stuffed bears? What child doesn't, right? This one is so adorable. It is a cute white bear with a blue nose. It has a sewed-on blue yarmulka and holds a blue plush dreidel. And on the bottom of his feet are embroidered blue Menorahs. Your child will surely want to cuddle with this adorable little guy.

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KidKraft Chanukah Set

KidKraft Chanukah Set
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This wooden set is a wonderful way to teach children about the traditions of Hanukkah. It comes with a menorah, latkes, a pan, a spatula, six gold "coins", a dreidel, and a storage bag. The markings on the latkes give them a realistic look, the coins have the Star of David on them, and the best part is that the "flame" part of the menorah are removable, which means that your child can "light" the candles on the correct days, if they want to. The pieces are sturdy and wear well so the colors don't come off or fade with use.
3 and up

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Little People: Hanukkah Play Set

Little People Hanukkah Set
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Fisher Price makes great play sets for kids and this one is no different. Kids will love playing with this set. It includes all this: a refrigerator and stove (with doors that open), cookware, foods for the traditional meal, a hutch, silver coins, 8 presents, a table, 4 chairs, 6 Little People figures (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, baby girl, and her little brother), and a Menorah that lights up and plays a traditional Hanukkah tune! Your child can put the characters in their chairs and put them around the table, and open (and close) the presents.
3 and up.

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Double Sided Chanukah Jigsaw Puzzle 50 Piece

50-piece Happy Chanukah Jigsaw Puzzle
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If your child enjoys jigsaw puzzles, this is a good one for Chanukah. It has only 50 pieces, but that's enough for kids who aren't ready for the puzzles with more pieces.

Zion Judaica Chanukah Brainy Cube

Chanukah Brainy Cube
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Are you familiar with Rubik's Cube? Who isn't, right? This cube is a version of that brain teaser with a Chanukah "twist."

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3-in-1 Custom LEGO® Menorah

3-in-1 Custom LEGO® Menorah
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Does your child enjoy working with LEGOs? If so, this is a perfect LEGO set for him (or her). The set will create two menorahs and one dreidel. And of course like all LEGO sets, your child can move beyond the instructions and construct his (or her) own creations.

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