If your child is like mine, they not only like to read a book, they like to delve into it, live it, breathe it, eat it, and walk it. (You can find the list of New York City walking tours based on classic children’s books I’ve developed as a result, here.)
But the 3-D sensation seeking stimulation doesn’t just apply to books. It applies to holidays, too.
Why merely celebrate Chanukah, when you can become a part of it?
Doni Zasloff Thomas (a.k.a. Mama Doni), mom, educator, performer, songwriter, and lead singer in The Mama Doni Band, the force behind the CD, Chanukah Fever: 13 Maca-beats for the whole family, (she’s even got a degree in Educational Theatre and Performing Arts!) offers the following tips for kicking your Chanukah revelry up a notch:
The story of Chanukah is one about miracles and heroes, starring… Judah Maccabee. He was awesome, like a superhero! On Chanukah we celebrate the strength and bravery of this superhero as well as the miracle that happened with the oil.
Let this Chanukah story become part of the kids’ experience with the holiday in a more fun, personal way by dressing up as their very own Chanukah “superhero”.
Have a “Superhero Dress-Up Chanukah Dinner,” personalizing this idea of heroes and being brave. Ask the kids to come up with their own superhero (like Latke Man, Mister Menorah, or for the girls, The Dreidel Diva or The Incredible Latke Girl. Mom can dress up as Latke Mom or Mama Macabee.)
After you tell the story of Chanukah to the kids, while they are dressed as their superheroes, ask the kids to tell you the story of what their superheroes do, what good things she/he does.
What is the “miracle” or super brave thing your superhero does?
What are ways that your superhero helps people who are in need?
Does Latke Man bring potatoes to families who are hungry?
Does The Incredible Latke Girl fly on a giant flying latke saucer saving people who are in trouble?
Does The Dreidel Diva give kids who have very little bags of Chanukah gelt or Chanukah toys?
Let the kids come up with their own ideas.
After you have eaten latkes and lit the menorah, listen to the song “Latke Man” and have a dance party in your costumes, then turn on “La Vida Dreidel” and play a game of drediel, and of course you have to crank up “Chanukah Fever!”
All of the above songs, plus many more, are available on Mama Doni’s CD. Buy it at: http://www.mamadoni.com/buy.asp