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I have done a lot of Christmas activities but none for Hanukkah yet! Today I want to share a little Hanukkah STEM activity. This paper circuit Menorah was so much fun to create and I am so happy my idea actually worked!
While I am not Jewish, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Jewish faith since I lived for a semester abroad in Jerusalem. It was a very special time in my life, truly life-changing. I learned so much about the beauty of the different cultures and faiths that mingle there to make a most amazing place! My own faith was deepened and strengthened while I toured the historic and religious sites and learned from local teachers. I dream of going back and exploring more with my husband some day! I guess this is just a small tribute to that time. Plus, I love teaching my kids about all different religions and cultures.
How to Make a Paper Circuit Menorah
To make the paper circuit menorah you will need the following materials:
For paper circuits to work, there always has to be a positive side and a negative side. You do not want them touching or crossing or the lights will not work. When you put on the copper tape make sure the positive and negative lines never cross.
Start with making the positive lines of tape. You will do this by following all of the lines of the Menorah with the tape. If the tape breaks, just add another small piece so there is no break in the lines. At the bottom of the candle stick go out to the edge of the paper where it will meet up with the battery and the negative side.
To make the negative line, go up the right side of the paper and along the top of the candle flames.
Add the lights. The positive side of the LED lights is the one with the longer pins. Spread the two pins apart and place the short end touching the top line of copper tape and the long end touching the one under the flame. Tape with scotch tape to keep in place.
Attach the battery by placing the positive side down on the line extending from the base of the menorah and the negative side facing upwards. Bend the corner of the paper inwards and clip with the binder clip.
To light it as you would a menorah, light the center light first (called the shammash or servant), then the far right one on sunset of the first day of Hanukkah. Each night add one more light. There will not be enough power to keep them burning all day and night, so you will only be able to keep them lit for a short time. Or if you want to keep it burning, just replace the battery as needed.
You could also easily do this with the copper tape on the back and color in the menorah to make it more pretty. Then just poke a hole in the tops of the flames to make the lights shine through.
See more of my Circuit activities: