The great thing about this clay Menorah, is that the kids get to make it literally from scratch.
Here's the clay recipe:
3 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water (plus a little extra if needed)
Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a nice smooth dough. I found that we needed to add some water along the way to get the smooth doughy consistency. The recipe said you can add food coloring but I found it just stained the kids hands when handling the dough which was not too exciting.
Preheat oven to 275.
Once we had our dough, we made a base for the menorah, made 8 round balls and used actual Chanukah candles to form little holes to put the candles in. Make sure to make the holes a bit bigger then the size of the candle, as it shrinks a drop in the oven. Use water to "glue" the holders to the base and the shamash.
Place menorah in the oven on wax paper for 1 hour.
After an hour, take it out and let it dry completely, then paint with acrylic paints. As you can see, ours turned into a finger painting session:)
Here's the finished product:
We then did dreidle sorting into the different colors with the little ones- I have a printable of colored dreidels here, feel free to use it-
This is what we did: