## Hanukkah makes math fun

Since Hanukkah takes place for eight days, counting is a natural part of this holiday.  Children can practice counting by counting aloud as they place the candles in the Menorah.  They can determine how many days are left by naming the numerical day of Hanukkah and counting up to eight.  For instance, on the fifth day, children can continue counting to eight to determine that there are 3 more days left to celebrate.  Or, they can count the empty candle holders to find that number as well.  Counting practice can continue with a lively game of “Spin the Dreidel” as children are called on to spin the dreidel and count out pieces of gelt (chocolate coins), pennies or nuts as the spin dictates.  Of course, counting the total amount in each person’s pot to determine the winner provides even more counting fun!

Besides the counting activities mentioned above, additional practice can be had with these Hanukkah math worksheets.  These sheets add fun Hanukkah pictures to familiar math pages.  Three sheets provide counting practice.  Before the counting starts, ask your child to name each numeral as you point to it.  Then, as your child counts each picture in a box, suggest that she put a pencil line through the picture to avoid counting it twice.