Activity for Kids: Salt Dough Candleholders

Do your kids love to get their hands dirty with play dough or clay? Have you ever tried making your own salt dough?

You can make a beautiful Hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) for your family using a simple recipe that’s similar to homemade play dough. Note: This recipe makes four individual candleholders, so you might want to double the recipe to have enough for a full Hanukkiah with nine holders.

This Activity Works With These Books:

Here is the World
The Blessing Cup
Sadie's Almost Marvelous Menorah
Mrs. Moskowitz and the Sabbath Candlesticks



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1⁄2 cup salt
  • 1⁄2 cup warm (not hot) water
  • Cookie cutters
  • Candles
  • Nontoxic paint


  1. Mix flour and salt together in a medium bowl, then add water and stir to combine. Knead the dough for about five minutes.
  2. When the dough is fully kneaded, divide it into four balls, and place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Flatten the balls into circles, then use a cookie cutter to shape each one—you can make hearts, Stars of David, whatever you like. Press a candle into the center, wiggle it, then remove it; you’ll be left with a candle-shaped hole.
  4. Bake the candleholders in a 250 degree oven for three hours, or simply leave the candleholders out overnight to dry.
  5. When candleholders are fully dried, paint them however you like. Line the holders with foil before lighting. Shabbat shalom!


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