Purim For Preschoolers

I’m always looking for activities to do with my kids.  I’ve been making more of a conscience effort to include Jewish activities whenever possible and Purim is an amazing opportunity for all kids of fun.  Check out my video on what we’ve been up to:

The Purim Story can be a challenging one to make kid friendly, especially little-kid friendly.  I found this great telling of the story.  It talks about Haman wanting the Jews to “go away”.  This works a lot better for me than explaining that the gallows were being built.

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We also made these great puppets.  I had the printed sheets waiting on the kitchen table for my kids one morning.  We had a great chill time coloring them, talking about the characters, answering a lot of questions, and then acted out the story over and over again.  It helped that the story above gave me the words to make it fun and accessible.

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One of the tricks to making hamantaschen dough is that once you make it, it needs to chill.  My little one and I made the dough, but then weren’t going to be able to make cookies for a while.  In order to keep her busy, and prevent a tantrum, we practiced folding hamantaschen with Play-doh and checkers.

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And I wouldn’t be me without recommending another video.  This is a great version of the Purim story with a few modern twists and Ester sings a chant that my kids have been saying all day!

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