She said, “I was looking for a way to teach my home schooled children about other religions and found your site! My kids do best with hands-on activities, so I put together a list of crafts for them to do to learn more about Rosh Hashanah. While I am not of the Jewish faith, I did enjoy researching lessons for my children and sharing my knowledge with them. Here are three of the crafts I found.”
I love the idea of reaching out to learn about other faiths, other cultures. As a child, I was the only Jewish kid in the neighborhood. Thanks to generous neighbors, I was invited to decorate a Christmas tree, make pysanki (Ukrainian Easter eggs), attend Methodist services, and share our traditions with my friends.
In these often troubling times, appreciating more about each other can only be good. So thank you, Jordan, for spreading peace and understanding.
Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday, September 20th.
A great way to get children to open up about their feelings is to busy their hands and minds with an art project. Over the next few weeks, you can try out these great crafts and practice helping your family reflect, bond and look forward to another year of life
#1 – Pomegranate card (from www.growingupcreative.net)
Pomegranates are a great reminder that beautiful things can be hiding inside odd, lumpy packages. This card is a chance to practice some basic drawing and motor skills, as children don’t use a stencil but draw freehand to create the frame and then fill it with red sequins. A smear of watered-down paint for a shadow completes the picture and makes a beautiful holiday card to give to grandma or grandpa.
[Note from Ellen: for how to open a pomegranate successfully, check out this post]
#2 – Apple of hope (from www.lifestyle.howstuffworks.com)
This idea is another one that will require the adults to get the project started before the kids help. Start with a balloon and then use paper towels and liquid starch to make the shell. The stem is a cardboard cutout, and the kids can cut some green leaves, if you like.
The painting can be done by little ones as the apple will be big enough for them to go crazy with paint brushes and basic acrylic paints. Once everything is dry and ready to go, cut the top third of the apple off to make a lid and then fill it with loving messages.
[Note from Ellen: I created a Joy Jar for our grandchildren. The concept of this apple of hope sparks the same warm feelings in me.]
#3 – Applique apple honey shirt (from http://joyfuljewish.wordpress.com)
This fun t-shirt idea gives your kids a great project they can wear with pride once they’re done. Also, this one comes together quickly and gives your son or daughter a chance to pick out the fabrics that are going onto the shirt. The design is simple and sweet, like apples and honey.
For more Rosh Hashanah ideas, see our Rosh Hashanah Pinterest Board.
Looking for a game that is fun for all ages (2 and up) and that teaches about the holiday? Our Rosh Hashanah Bingo is the perfect family-friendly game that teaches all about the symbols of the holiday, while enabling even toddlers to have a fair shot at winning. Available at Amazon; free shipping with Prime membership.