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3 Shavuot Activities for Kids

The Jewish holiday Shavuot celebrates the harvest season and the receiving of the Torah. Yeah, that’s kind of heavy for a young child to understand. But, it’s still completely possible to help your child learn about this holiday. How? Check out these easy activities that your child can try as she celebrates Shavuot. Flower Power One of the traditions on this holiday is to decorate the home with flowers. You can go out to your garden or the local flower shop and get the real deal. If this is your floral choice, let your child plan a decorating scheme. Have...

Build A Matzah House for Passover

Celebrate Passover with a fun-filled kids’ activity! Think gingerbread house building – Passover style. Instead of sheets of cookies, swap in matzah. Check out the creative ways your kids can build their own “matzah houses” and try out these easy tips. What You’ll Need Obviously, you’ll need matzah. Keep the sheets whole, letting your child break them in half or into pieces for building. You’ll also need something to hold the matzah walls (and roof) together. You can go one of two ways here – sweet or savory. If you chose sweet, frosting, cream cheese or honey will work. If...

Creative Coloring Ideas for Easter Eggs

Those traditional dip and dye Easter eggs are so yesterday. Okay, so the kids still enjoy them. But, there are so many options for coloring these holiday eggs. Before you go with the same old activity, check out these creative choices for coloring your eggs. Jelly Beans Instead of using food coloring, try jelly beans! How can you swap in the candy for the coloring? Choose a few dark or bold colors of candy (reds, blues, purples and dark greens work best). Add a few beans that are all the same color into a cup of water. Repeat to make...

Passover Seder Fun for Kids

The Seder is a major part of the Passover celebration. That said, sitting at the table for what could be hours isn’t always easy for young children. You want to include the little ones in your holiday meal and give them a start in their Jewish education. But, you also don’t want to hear the whines and complaints when they’re forced to sit as the adults leisurely dine. What can you do to make the Passover Seder fun for your children? Check out these kid-friendly holiday meal ideas! The Four Questions Asking the four questions is an important part of...

4 Fun Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

The annual Easter egg hunt is a major hit with your kids. But, they’re getting tired of the same old search and seek game. This year, step up your holiday egg hunt and get creative with it. Check out these ideas for turning the Easter tradition into an awesomely imaginative fun time! The Golden Egg Even though you’re hiding dozens of brightly-colored eggs, only one of them is gold. And, it’s this golden egg that has the best treasure! Cover one plastic Easter egg in gold foil or use gold glitter to decorate the outside. Hide something extra special inside,...

Purim Grager Craft for Kids

There are many ways to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. You can bake Hamentaschen, dress up like Queen Esther, have a Purim carnival or make some noise. Make some noise? Yes, that’s right. The grager is a noisemaker that is used on this holiday. Every time that Haman (the villainous prime minister) is mentioned, it’s customary to make noise with the grager. Even though you can buy one of these noisemakers, your kids can also make their own! Materials: A paper towel roll (just the cardboard tube, not the towels) Fabric (reuse scraps) A thick craft stick Duct tape...

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...