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Festivals of Light:
Making Books for the Holiday Season


Pre-K to 6th Grade

Celebrate the season with six exciting bookmaking projects for Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. It's easy and fun to do with clear directions, accessible materials, and reproducible images for all.

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Festivals of Light Accordion Book
Make a four page accordion book with a ribbon tie. There are images provided for a Hanukkah menorah, a Kwanzaa kinara, a Christmas tree, and dipa, the clay lamps that are lit for Diwali.

Festivals of Light Triangle Book
Here is another book about Festivals of Light celebrations and customs. The fun part is that the pages are shaped like triangles.

Dreidel Book
Create an accordion book about the dreidel game. The four front pages of the book are for the dreidel letters and their meaning; the back two give directions for the game.

Seven Symbols of Kwanzaa Book
Six symbols of Kwanzaa are placed on the seventh, the mkeka or mat, throughout the holiday. This book about the seven symbols can be spread out on a table or hung on the wall for display.

Twelve Days of Christmas Book
Make a small Twelve Days of Christmas Book that can be used as an ornament with a ribbon loop.

Diwali Rangoli Book
Colorful designs called rangoli decorate the doorways and floors of homes, shops, temples, and restaurants during Diwali. Make a simple four page accordion with an envelope to hold your designs.

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openquotes.gif Festivals of Light is a wonderful new publication by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. Each activity has the potential to open a doorway to new learning experiences. Children are exposed, in fun and creative ways, to traditions and cultures that might otherwise have remained undiscovered and unappreciated. Instructions are clear and each project offers opportunities for practice of manual skills and eye-hand coordination. In short, the book gives you all you need for several fun, educational and successful projects during the winter holiday season. Every classroom should have one!closequote.gif

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