Celebrating Purim at Home

There are lots of Purim traditions that take place in synagogues. Purim carnivals. Purim parades. Purim costumes. Reading megillat Esther (the book of Esther).

Planning a Purim Party

We also love the idea of making merry in your home. If you have cooking-age children, here’s one fun way to bring the customs to life:

1. Invite your kids’ friends in the morning to bake hamentaschen, the tri-cornered pastries that look like Haman’s (the bad guy’s) hats.  A group of 5-8 is about the right size, so that everyone can have a kitchen surface for creating his/her own masterpieces.

2. Find a purimspiel (Purim play)* online that seems right for the ages of your children and print out enough copies for everyone (including one for you, as director). Here’s some general background info about purimspiels.  Choose a purimspiel that is short – just a few minutes long.

 3. Have a simple lunch, even one that the kids can help make: sandwiches (which could be cut into triangles!), fruit, fresh veggies. Or just serve pizza slices (triangles) with oranges sections (more triangles).

4. Assign parts and practice the play. You can have the kids bring costume bits or pull together scarves (as head coverings or shawls or capes), hats, belts, umbrellas (as a walking stick), and other odds and ends from your closets to create quick costumes. Keeping it super simple will help.

 5. Invite the Moms or Dads to come watch the play.

 6. Serve hamentaschen and tea/coffee for dessert.

 7. As people leave, help them pack up paper plates or bags full of goodies to give to their friends and neighbors as mishloach manot.

Do you have links to short purimspiels that you’ve liked? Please share!

*Purimspiel seem like too much work? Just find a few Purim songs or poems or stories and have the kids perform those.

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