Shavuot Activities for Kids: Bread, Books and More
The Jewish holiday Shavuot combines the early summer grain harvest and the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. While there might not be eight nights of presents (like you’d find during Hanukkah), there are plenty of ways to involve the kids in the holiday celebration. What can you do to help your young child learn about Shavuot? Check out these easy kid-friendly activity ideas!
As a festival dedicated, in part, to the grain harvest, take this time to bake a few loaves of bread. Make a challah or another type of bread — as you discuss grain, where it comes from and how it’s harvested, with your child.
Even though your young child can’t use the stove or oven (for safety reasons), they can measure and mix the ingredients. They can also help you to choose a recipe that they’ll actually want to eat.
Read a Book
If your child isn’t completely sure what this holiday is and why you’re celebrating it, try an explanation by way of a book. Children’s books that explain the story of Shavuot include “Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot” by Sylvia A. Rouss and Katherine Janus Kahn, “Sadie and the Big Mountain” by Jamie Korngold and Julie Fortenberry and other similar titles.
Act It Out
Instead of just talking about what this holiday is, act it out. Try a story from a picture books or create your own script. Make props, costumes and a set too!