The first night of Rosh Hashanah 2017 is Wednesday, September 20th.
So now’s the perfect time to make Jewish New Year cards with your kids.
Send them to grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends – they’ll love ‘em!
Creating Jewish New Year cards with young children
We like reinforcing two key concepts of Rosh Hashanah in card creation:
- Round – round challah, round apples, hope for a round (full) year
- Sweet – apples dipped in honey, honey cake, teiglach.
#1 You can take this wonderful art idea and apply it to Rosh Hashanah. Just dip paper cups into a dark-colored paint, then press onto a sheet of paper to create a pattern. The circles can be overlapping or not – up to the artist. As an added step, you can let that dry, then use different colors of paint to draw inside the circles.
#2 I’m a glue stick nut. Since our grandsons were toddlers, they’ve loved taking shapes cut from multiple colors of construction paper and gluing them into highly textured, multi-layered patterns. These are perfect as abstract new year’s cards! For younger artists, fold a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of construction in half. This leaves a good-sized 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 card front for gluing and coloring. Older artists are fine with a smaller size surface.
#3 An even easier, less sticky approach that allows even young toddlers to make their own creations is to buy a batch of round stickers in various sizes and colors – like the ones they have at office supply stores. They come in purple, red, orange, pink, green, and plenty of neons – and several sizes (e.g., 1/2”, 1”, 2”). Lots of color. Virtually no clean-up required.
#4 Want more recognizable images? Here are 20+ images we are happy to share with you — Jewish Near Year Cards – Inspiration for Young Artists – which is a mix of four-color images and ready-to-color black and white illustrations. We chose lots of “round” pictures (circles, balls, apples, sun) and “sweet” images (doughnuts, cake, cupcake, honey).
Supplying your older artists
For more advanced artists, just provide paper (construction paper or copy paper in assorted colors) and markers. Ramp it up with stickers and glitter or gel pens. Collage creation from magazine photos is also fun.
Typical New Year Greetings
If your kids are pre-writers, you can help add the wishes. Here are three traditional Rosh Hashanah greetings:
Wishing you a sweet, healthy year!
May your year be good and sweet.
Wishing you and yours a joyous New Year.
For more Rosh Hashanah ideas, see our Rosh Hashanah Pinterest Board.
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