As a very basic crafts person, I love discovering truly easy art projects and costumes for all celebrations, including Purim. Check out our Pinterest board for some of my finds.
For me, the basics of a Purim shindig for 2- to 5-year-olds include:
Putting together a simple costume
Crafting a noisemaker
And finding ways for the little hands to help with all of these makes them, well, honestly, take more time, but so much more fun and much better learning experiences.
Mother nature or woods man
When I found this nature crown, I realized that we had the seed of a wonderful Purim costume:
#1 – With the kids, look for or make elements that can go into the crown.
- Search outside for leaves or pods from long-finished-flowering plants
- Scout in your house and take bits of dried flower arrangements or dried grasses
- Make cut-outs in the shapes of flowers and leaves from construction paper
- Find magazine pix of natural things and glue them to construction paper to make them sturdier
Avoid anything “pokey” that could scratch your child’s face or eyes. See instructions for making the band using a simple paper bag.
#2 – For the rest of the outfit, you can ask your child what he/she thinks that Mother Nature or Woods Man or (Woods Lady) would wear. All green? All brown? Flower colors? It doesn’t matter – because it’s his/her vision. And voila! The costume is complete.
Hamentaschen for little hands
When our girls were little, we made hamentaschen the super simple way. And I have never grown up.
Forget the rolling pins and fancy cutting tools.
Instead: make your dough the night ahead, so that it gets nice and firm. Then show the kids how to:
- Make small balls of dough in the palms of their hands.
- Press them down into a circle-like shape with the heels of their hands.
- Add a little filling*.
- Crimp the three sides together to form triangles. (You might need to help a little with the crimping for kids 3 and under.)
For this tradition, definitely choose what your children like. While classic fillings are prune or poppy seed (mohn), you’ll probably have more success with strawberry, apricot, or other jams, as well as chocolate morsels and/or Nutella. Try to have at least two varieties, so that the plates of treats you make up look extra festive (orange apricot + red strawberry, for example).
Noisemakers / graggers
Here’s where I urge caution to mothers of active kiddoes.
For our Seder last year, I was really tickled with the idea of a hail machine. We took plastic jars with sturdy lids, put small rocks inside, screwed the lids on *really* tightly, and gave them to our little guys to make hail sounds during the hail part of the plagues.
Well, those jars opened right up and rocks were in little hands instead of tucked safely inside the containers.
So as I look at what’s on Pinterest to make graggers, like the charming staple-two-paper-plates together ideas, I’m thinking about what will stay together and what won’t cause harm.
Although our last stuff-in-a-jar didn’t work, I think this stuff-in-a-bottle turned graggers could be good. Here, instead of using heavy-ish rocks with sharp edges, we can use so many lighter-weight things that will make enough noise (think marbles, small dry pasta, buttons). Plus, I love the tip to use duct tape to keep the bottles closed. And if by some magic, the stuff does come out, there won’t be anything with sharp edges.
Just for adults
After the kids are tucked in bed, I’m all for a grown-up version of Purim libations! See our “Grown Up Celebrations” Pinterest board.
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