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We are learning about Hanukkah this year along with our Advent activities. I noticed that there are not a lot of Hanukkah-related activities, particularly with pre-writing, so I created this free Hanukkah-Themed Pre-Writing Activity Packet.

History of Hanukkah

If you are unfamiliar with the Hanukkah holiday, here are some resources for learning more.

Hanukkah (Chanukah) is a Jewish holiday celebrated for 8 nights in later November or December (in 2020 it is December 10-18). It is also referred to as the “festival of lights” and is celebrated nightly with the lighting of the Menorah, saying special prayers, and eating fried foods.

You can read more about the history of Hanukkah here.

Hanukkah Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers – We will be using this printable packet to introduce Hanukkah, along with some of the other resources below.

What is Hanukkah? from Chabad

Hanukkah 2021 from My Jewish Learning

We also purchased this Menorah Complete Set.

I also created some Hanukkah-Themed I-Spy Pages that you can get here.

What Are Pre-Writing Skills?

If you are unfamiliar with this term, pre-writing skills refer to the lines and strokes young children need to know and master before moving on to formal handwriting. Pre-writing lines and strokes develop over time till about 5-6 years old.

Yes, that means Kindergarteners should still be learning and mastering pre-writing lines BEFORE learning how to write.

To learn more about this, I have a pre-writing lines resource page here for you.

I encourage you to think outside the typical pencil and paper activities, especially for your younger preschoolers. Here are some fun hands-on ways you can use these activity sheets.

  • Use playdough to form each line.
  • Peel stickers and use them to fill in each line.
  • Use fine motor tongs to pick up beads or mini erasers to place on the lines.
  • Use Wikki Stix to form each line.

You can also check out my post on 10 hands-on ways to practice pre-writing lines for more ideas.

Free Download of Hanukkah-Themed Pre-Writing Activity Packet

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Once you have downloaded it, head to your “downloads” folder or wherever you have downloads stored on your computer and open and print it. It does help to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed and updated to the latest version for the best printable experience.

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Looking for more resources like this one? Check out the resources below.

  • Hanukkah Themed I-Spy Printable & Slides
  • Christmas Tree Pre-Writing Activity Packet
  • The Importance of Fine Motor Skills with Academics
  • Scissor Practice Packet for Pre-K for 1st Grade

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