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Break the Yom Kippur Fast with These Family-Friendly Foods

How do you break the Yom Kippur fast? Even though your young children may not join you in the fast, they can enjoy the meal that breaks it. If you're not sure what to add to your holiday meal menu, check out the simple options that everyone in your family will enjoy. Remember—after fasting your stomach may need some special TLC. Avoid heavy, fatty foods as part of your first meal. Even though you may want to eat everything in the fridge, hold back and go slowly at first. Select a variety of small bites or small plates to accommodate...

Rosh Hashanah Apple Activities for Kids

Dipping apples in honey is a Rosh Hashanah tradition your kids will eagerly enjoy. Instead of a simple snack, turn this edible holiday idea into a true sensory experience with these fun-filled family activities! Apple Taste Test Can your child tell the difference between a red delicious, gala, or other apples? Cut slices of several different apples and place each on its own plate. Ask your child to try a bite of each apple on its own—and then with honey. Discuss how each apple tastes. You may need to help your child use new vocabulary words (such as bitter or...

Paper Mache Shofar Art for Rosh Hashanah

Make your own shofar to celebrate Rosh Hashanah! Your crafty kiddo can learn more about this holiday with this creative art activity. Even though it won't make noise like a real shofar would, your child can use the artsy version for a day of make believe play! Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Construction paper Newspaper or newsprint Paper mache paste- or (if you want to make your own mix) equal parts flour, school glue and water Tempera paint Masking tape Paintbrushes How-To Art-Making Steps Crumple the newspaper into a long, thin cone shape. Twist and bunch the paper to...

Rosh Hashanah Culinary Creations for Kids to Help Cook

Your kids can help you to plan and prepare a family meal for Rosh Hashanah. The seder is an important part of the holiday celebration. While you may need to cook the main part of the meal yourself, your kids can help you with some of the no-heat-required items. If you're not sure where to start, check out these family-friendly culinary creations for the holiday! Simanim Salad  Simanim are eaten on the Rosh Hashanah to symbolize hopes for a sweet New Year. These foods traditionally include items such as honey, pomegranate, apples, leeks, dates, carrots and cabbage. Create a simanim...

Shavuot Flower Kids’ Art Activities

How can you help your kiddos to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot? Flowers and greenery are a major part of the holiday celebration. If your creative child loves to craft, check out these flower-themed art activities to try! Tissue Paper Flowers Kids can craft a bountiful bouquet of faux flowers for the holiday using tissue paper. Gather together colorful craft tissue and stack the pieces. Cut the stack into a circle. The bigger the circle, the fluffier the flowers. Grab the tissue at the center, pull and twist. Tie the end of the tissue together with a green pipe...

How To Make Natural Easter Egg Color

Your kids are ready to dye Easter eggs. But there's a problem. You don't have the colorful dye tablets you use every year—and your don't want to go out to a store to buy them. What can you do now? Even though the ready-made tablets and other egg dyes are easy options, you can still color eggs without them. Check out the everyday items that you can use as alternative Easter egg coloring and how to use them. What Can You Use to Color Easter Eggs? There are a variety of food, beverage and everyday items to try as Easter...

Elijah’s Cup Passover Craft for Kids

Your creative kids can prepare for the Passover seder with this easy-to-make Elijah's cup art activity. This kids' craft is the perfect way to introduce the holiday to your children—and help them to develop new skills! Your child can explore color, shape and texture, develop fine motor abilities and problem solve as they create this Passover project. Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need for the Passover Craft A plastic wine glass Tissue paper Scissors Clear-drying school glue Sequins A paintbrush How-To Art-Making Steps Cut the tissue paper into different shapes. Use a variety of colors to give the glass a...

Easy Easter Art for Preschoolers

Are you looking for some last-minute Easter crafts? If your creative kids need an artsy activity to keep them busy, check out these preschooler-friendly holiday projects. Textured Bunny Art Reuse the cardboard from an old cereal or cracker box for this Easter art activity. Cut the box apart and use one of the larger sides as your bunny base. Draw a bunny shape onto the cardboard with a marker or a crayon. If your child is struggling to draw the bunny, break it down into individual shapes. Draw a large oval for the body, a circle for the head and...

Easy Matzah Recipes for Passover

What can you make with matzah? Even though matzah ball soup is your family's Passover favorite, you're looking for a few new recipe ideas that the kids can help make. Check out these easy-to-create (and totally tasty) holiday ideas that will keep the kids in the kitchen all afternoon long! Matzah Pizzas With bread products out for the holiday, your kids' pizza craving doesn't have to go on the backburner. Your family can whip up a tasty pizza-like treat—made from matzah. Simply spread tomato sauce on a full sheet of matzah, sprinkle mozzarella, asiago or your favorite blend of cheese...

Easter Bunny Sock Puppet Kids’ Craft

How can your creative kiddos turn a pair of socks into Easter bunny puppets? Put on your own holiday pretend play with these cute upcycled kids' crafts. Follow the easy how-to steps to create your own cast of characters, starring the Easter bunny himself! Arts and Crafts Materials You'll Need Socks Card stock paper or blank index cards Scissors Tape Clear-drying school glue Markers Googley eyes How-To Art-Making Steps Cut the paper into two long ovals to make the Easter bunny's ears. Attach the ears to the top of the sock. Cut two small slits in the top of the...