Here are 5 almost instant solutions to have fun with your kiddoes for Purim.
Purim begins the evening of March 20th
#1 Fun with Triangles
Since Haman wore a triangle-shaped hat, we make triangle-shaped foods like hamentaschen and kreplach.
So think triangles:
- Fold paper napkins into triangles
- Cut sandwiches diagonally twice – triangles!
- Apple and orange wedges
- Pita chips
- Watermelon slices
#2 “Dress up” with make-up or kid-safe markers
For kids with lively imaginations – most of them! – consider these ways of dressing up:
- Be a dog with a little makeup. Our grandson spent several years wanting to “play puppy.”
- Be a cat. You can go as simple as a few whiskers.
- Or be a tiger. When our older grandson was 5, he said, “Here, Grandma, let me make you some tiger stripes!” He marked my arms and hands with stripes with kid-safe, washable markers.
#3 Take goodies to one neighbor or relative
In the spirit of mishloach manot, it’s traditional to take treats to neighbors or family.
Short on time? Pull out a few of any three bits you have in the house – dried fruit, fresh fruit, graham crackers, cookies, chocolate – and have your kiddoes put them onto a plate. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil and deliver to even ONE person. Voila! You are celebrating Purim!
#4 Donate to charity
Another major element of Purim is to donate to charity. So you could ask your kids to take a small amount of money from their allowances to donate to a charity you choose together. We introduced the idea of people who are hungry to our grands when they were young – and they really got it. Mazon is a wonderful option.
#5 Make boo/hiss sounds
Another key element of Purim is to listen to a reading of the Scroll of Esther, Megillat Esther. And when the name of Haman is read, we spin our graggers or shake our noisemakers or just boo and hiss. An easy alternative is to read this kid-friendly version of the Purim story and pause whenever Haman’s name is mentioned, encouraging kids to make appropriate noises. They will LOVE that!
More ideas for celebrating Purim
Purim Ideas for Fun Celebrations See here how to make hamentaschen in four easy steps. No rolling pin needed!
Check out our Purim Pinterest Page.
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