Tu Bishvat is a great holiday to celebrate with kids. It’s a minor holiday that is all about trees. There are so many fun Tu Bishvat activities for kids, like tree related crafts, fruit filled treats, and more.
I love talking about all the ways that trees help our lives. For this activity I hang a blank tree trunk on a wall and every day for a week, we come up with reasons that we are grateful to trees. They produce food for us like fruit and nuts. They are habitats for all kinds of animals. They provide necessary for our environment to keep air clean and their roots prevent erosion. They also provide us with all sorts of materials when they’re cut down.
Fruit Discovery Activity
One of the traditions during Tu B’Shevat is to try a new fruit. There are so many wonderful options out there these days. I love visiting my local international grocery stores. For this activity, I specifically picked fruit that are one color on the outside and a surprise color on the inside. We took time to guess what was inside and then had the fun of cutting them open and finding something magical. It’s like one of those unboxing vidoes, but the fruit version.
Tu Bishvat Granola
While I love making desserts with my kids, we can’t just eat sweets all the time. I adapted this granola recipe to include fruit from all of the three categories we eat during a Tu Bishvat seder. For my fruit that’s hard on the outside and soft of the inside, I added coconute. For the fruit with a pit, I used dates. For the fruit that’s entirely edible, I added raisins. I also added a bit of cinnamon which is actually tree bark!
Chocolate Pretzel Trees
This recipe is so much fun! Not only do you get to eat trees, but I’ve made this recipe kid-safe. It involves no heat or appliances, so your kids can get fulling involved in the cooking process.