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Tu B’Shevat Kids’ Craft

The Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees.” Celebrate this day with a special tree planting craft. Your child can create her own bag to carry seeds in, and then go plant them. Give that it’s winter, and the weather isn’t right for planting, you can plant the seeds in an indoor container. In the spring transfer the new plants to an outdoor area. Materials: Craft felt Scissors Clear-drying school glue A hole punch Yarn Instructions: Fold a piece of 8x10-inch (paper=sized) craft felt in half from bottom to top, making a pocket. Glue the...

Orthodox Christmas Dinner Ideas

Christmas has come and gone. But, Orthodox Christmas Day is still on the horizon. Celebrated on January 7th, this date comes from the use of the Julian calendar (which pre-dates our modern day Gregorian calendar). While this is mainly a holiday celebrated in eastern European countries, you can mark the day with festivities for your entire family too! A family meal is a major way to celebrate this holiday. So, what goes on the menu? Many of the teats come from different countries where Orthodox Christmas Day is celebrated. Not only can you eat as a family, but you can...

Chanukah Games, Recipes and Crafts for Kids

With eight nights, you’ll find plenty of time for Chanukah activities with your child. From cooking to games, your child can have all kinds of holiday fun (each and every night). If you’re looking for a few family-friendly ideas, check these out! Dreidel The traditional holiday spinning top game is hours of fun for kids of all age. The kids can spin the dreidel (each side has a different Hebrew letter on it), after adding to the collective ‘pot’. Give the kids something simple to add, such as raisins, small pieces of chocolate or gummi candies. If the dreidel lands...

Holiday DIY Felt Board Travel Craft

With the Christmas countdown in full swing you’re running all over the place getting last-minute gifts and prepping for the holiday meal. With all of your errands, the kids are getting stuck in the car more often than not. It seems like every car ride gets longer and your child’s whines (which are completely understandable) get louder. Instead of expecting your young child to sit patiently in that long line of mall traffic, keep her busy with this totally non-messy DIY car-ready felt board holiday craft. Materials: Colorful craft felt sheets A piece of cardboard (reuse the front of a...

Kids’ Christmas Ornament Crafts

You’ve got your Christmas tree, and now it’s time to decorate it! Instead of buying all of your ornaments, try some DIY kids-created ones too. These Christmas crafts for kids are easy ornaments to make. So, get creative and help your kiddo to dress the tree with her own artsy inventions. Paper Poinsettias Start with a piece of red paper (letter-sized). Your child can draw a wavy circle on the paper. The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower. Starting at the outer edge, cut a spiral shape. Roll the paper into a flower shape. Beginning at the center, wind...

Kids’ Christmas Slime Science Activity

Celebrate Christmas—with slime? That’s right! Your child can create her own batch of holiday-themed slime, with your help of course. This science-centered activity helps your child to make discovery and explore states of matter. Along with the science focus, it’s also a fun-filled way to celebrate at holiday time. As your child makes and plays with the slime, ask her a few open-ended questions. This might include, “What do you think will happen to the ingredients when we mix them?” or, “How do you think the ingredients changed as you put them together?” Ingredients: Water Clear Elmer’s glue (look for...

Holiday Party Games for Kids

Christmas is coming and you need something to entertain the kids during your holiday parties. Crafts are cute, but difficult to do with a broad age range during a major family get-together. So, you’re looking for a few games. These holiday arty kids’ activity options are easy to adapt for children of all ages, and will keep everyone busy during your next Christmas party. Snowball Relay Okay, so you can’t bring real snowballs inside. Or, at least, doing so might get messy. Instead, blow up snowball-sized white balloons. Split the kids into two equal teams. Line them up and give...

Menorah Kids’ Crafts for Hanukkah

You light the menorah on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. As you add a flame to each candle, your young child sits back and watches. Obviously, your preschooler is too little to handle to real candles (with flames). Instead of feeling left out, include your child with her own handmade menorah. When you light each candle on the real deal, she can add a tissue paper or construction paper flame to hers. Check out these crafty Hanukkah menorah ideas. Cardboard Tubes Recycle and reuse those paper towel tubes, and turn them into a faux menorah. Cut the tubes...

Celebrate Sukkot With Fun Family Activities

Known as the “feast of booths,” Sukkot is a holiday with two meanings. One is to remember the 40 years the Jews wandered in the desert (living in huts-sukkahs). The other is a harvest celebration. Help your child to learn about this holiday with these family-friendly activities! Build a Sukkah Okay, so your kiddos aren’t building the ‘hut’ themselves. But, they can help you. Have the kids pitch in and help to design the structure. They can make drawings or use pencils to create their own blueprints. Even if you don’t work directly from the plans, the drawing part is...

Breaking the Fast with Yom Kippur Meals

As one of the Jewish High Holy Days, Yom Kippur is a fall holiday that is majorly important. Known as the Day of Atonement, this holiday is also a fasting day. While children aren’t encouraged to fast, adults often do. To break the fast, it’s advisable to eat an easy-on-the-stomach meal. Even though the kids aren’t fasting, they can still enjoy this meal too. What types of meals can you make for Yom Kippur, and how can your child help to prepare them? Breakfast for Dinner Literally break-the-fast with breakfast. A heavy meal (such as chocolate chip pancakes or blueberry...