Purim Carnival Activity Ideas
Purim is the annual festival that marks the Jewish people’s salvation from the evil Haman. Even though the events happened in 4th century BCE Persia, the holiday is commemorated with a celebration – often including a Purim festival (sometimes also known as a Purim carnival). Whether you’re in charge of the synagogue’s festival, are planning a community event or want to create your own version at home, these easy activities are fun-filled ways for families to celebrate Purim!
It’s like Halloween, all over again. The kids can dress up like Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus (or anyone else from the story) and show off their creative costumes in a walk down the festival runway.
The kings and queens can decorate their own regal adornments, dressing up paper crowns with faux jewels and glue. If you’re looking for an easier (and less messy) option, use stick on craft foam shapes.
The name for the triangle-shaped cookies comes from the Yiddish for “Haman’s pockets.” Home Purim festivals can include a full-on baking activity, whipping up the cookies from scratch. If you’re at temple, use ready-made dough. Set up a buffet with different filling options, such as poppy seeds, prune preserves, apricot preserves or other jams and jellies.
Gather together washed and dried plastic yogurt containers, dried beans and duct tape. Get the kids to make the Purim shakers, and then hand them out as gifts to the grown-ups!