A children’s menorah involves kids at Hanukkah time. Whether used for candle lighting or a wooden one for play, it adds to the Hanukkah fun.
The wonderment of Hanukkah shines through the eyes of the young as the candles light, the dreidels spin, and the chocolate coins are shared. A children’s menorah gives a sense of participation and is the perfect gift. Whether it’s for lighting the candles, or a toy, early involvement helps develop lifelong rituals.
When I was a little girl, we just had two menorahs. One was the traditional family menorah, and then all the kids shared another. It was ultimately passed down to my sister and is now used by my oldest niece. In her family, each of the kids now has their own menorah.
Below, we share a collection of fun kids’ menorahs. We haven’t tried them all, but we have looked carefully at the reviews and the images. Our collection ranges from traditional children’s menorahs to sports, flowers, spirals, rainbows, and a variety of other options.
Children’s Menorah – Our favorites are below
A children’s menorah involves kids at Hanukkah time. Whether used with Hanukkah candles for candle lighting or a wooden one for play, it adds to the Chanukkah fun.
Children's Train Hanukkah Menorah
I think it's the spinning wheels that make this steam train-shaped menorah such a hit with kids. Made in Israel by Yair Emanuel, its three train compartments include an engine car that holds the shamash. It's even available in different colors.
A pamphlet with the blessings in both English and Hebrew is included, plus optional candles.
Measures: 13.2 x 3.1 inches
Ceramic Train Menorah
- The Chanukah Express train features a menorah, a happy Chanukah car, a dreidel car, and a gelt car! I think it's the bright colors that kids like best.
- Measures 11.25 x 1.5 x 2.5 inches
While kids love the firetruck, my favorite feature is the Dalmatian sitting at a hydrant that has a fire hose attached. It's made by Aviv Judaica from ceramic with metal candle holders.
Measures: 4 x 3 x 10 inches
Pomegranate Tree Mennorah
I only wish this pomegranate tree menorah was available when my girls were little, as I know with pink and blue birds, it would have been an instant hit. Colorful and fun, it is laser-cut and hand-painted in Israel by Yair Emanuel.
Measures: 9 x 9.4 x 2.3 inches
Hand-painted and fun, this ceramic menorah is filled with friends. However, it's the giant feet that hold the candles that had our kids giggling.
Measures: 12.5 x 3 x 3.5 inches
Noah's Ark Menorah
Our kids love their Noah's Ark menorah. This ceramic one says it is built to last. It will certainly bring a bit more fun to the holiday.
Measures: 3.25 x 3 x 10 inches
Metal Sports Hanukkah Menorah
There are two versions of this hand-painted metal sports menorah. The one shown here features three girls: a figure skater, field hockey player, and tennis player. The other option features a male baseball, football, and basketball player.
Fun, but probably best suited for older kids.
Measures 11.75 x 9.5 inches
Fire Engine Hanukkah Menorah
Hand-painted, this laser-cut menorah features a fire engine and an active firefighter putting out the flames.
A booklet with the blessing and favorite Hanukkah songs is included with the menorah.
Measures: 9 x 5.5 x 4 inches
First Responders Menorah Design
This ceramic menorah is perfect for the future first responder. It features an ER ambulance, firetruck, and police car Menora. By Aviv Judaica.
Measures: 9.75 x 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Hanukkah Children's Sports Menorah
Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, hockey and more; this is the menorah for kids who are sports fans.
Measures: 12 x 3.75 inches
Children's Train Menorah
Made by Jerusalem artist Yair Emanuel from hammered and anodized aluminum and nickel, this one is available in three color combinations: shades of blue (shown), shades of red, or multicolor.
Measures: 7.5 x 2.4 x 2 inches
Everyone loves dreidels, making this menorah a family favorite.
Measures: 11.5 x 1.5 x 2.7 inches
Emoji Chanukkah Set
This super inexpensive painted emoji menorah brought a smile to my face (pun intended). Even at a low price, this one includes both the menorah and a box of 44 colorful candles.
Measures: 13.1 x 3.1 inches
Colored Candle Menorah
Another inexpensive simple menorah that is available in a variety of colors including blue, bronze, green (shown), pink, purple, and white.
Available in three sizes.
For DIY kids … a paint-your-own menorah
When my kids were young, they each had a paint-your-own menorah. It created a fun new family tradition. Every year, well before the first night (so we were sure it dried), they repainted their menorahs. We could have gotten them a new one and watched the progression, but they wanted to do it this way. Get your DIY Channukia here.
More on Hanukkah gift giving
If a children’s menorah is not on your list this year because you have younger kids, check out toy menorahs or other Hanukkah-themed toys.
And, if you are wondering about the gift-giving tradition, we found this article from Rabbi Alison Adler to be really interesting.
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