Shavuot Activities for Kids

A revelation they'll beg for year after year.

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Silky Snuggly Challah

This activity is a great alternative for those who are allergic to wheat, for schools without a cooking facility, or for anyone who has ever wanted their own silky snuggly challah to love.

Materials (per pair of challot):

-3 pairs of beige pantyhose

-fiberfill stuffing (polyester or cotton is fine)

-needle and thread (beige if you have it)

Instructions:

Cut off the waist section of the pantyhose so that you have six "legs." Gather together the "toes" of three pairs each and sew together. You should now have what look like two very limp unbraided challot. Next, stuff each of the "legs" full of stuffing, filling them about 3/4 of the way. Tie a loose knot in the end of each leg. Now, braid each of your challot and sew up the other end. Next, give your challot a big hug!

Bible Cake: Educational and Delicious

The ingredients for this cake are hidden in Bible verses. Study first, then bake, and eat.

Ingredients:

1. 1/2 cup Judges 5:25

2. 2 cups Jeremiah 6:20

3. 2 tablespoons I Samuel 14:25

4. 6 Jeremiah 17:11

5. 1 1/2 cups I Kings 5:2

6. 2 teaspoons Amos 4:5

7. 4 teaspoons II Chronicles 9:9

8. a pinch of Leviticus 2:13

9. 1/2 cup Judges 4:19

10. 2 cups (chopped) Nahum 3:12

11. 2 cups I Samuel 30:12

12. 2 cups (chopped) Numbers 13:23

Directions:

1. Cream together A, B, C and the yolks of D.

2. Sift together E, F, G, and H.

3. Combine the above together with I.

4. Add J, L, and K.

5. Add in stiffly beaten whites of D.

6. Bake in a well greased rectangular (13" X 9") pan at 325 degrees for an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

(Source: learn@jts)

Local Flowers & Fruits

And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of
cherubim and palm-trees and open flowers, within and without. (1 Kings 6:29)


On Shavuot there is a custom to decorate the insides of our synagogues
and homes with beautiful flowers. Shavuot is also a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some time in nature.

But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat
down under a broom-tree. (1 Kings 19:14)

Go on a nature walk in a park or area of conservation land, or find a place that sells flowers or fruits grown locally. See how many different colors you can find, and how many of the seven species are available to pick or buy (Deuteronomy 8:8 enumerates these: "A land of wheat and barley and vines and fig and pomegranates a land of olive oil and [date] honey").

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Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler is the Director of Jewish Family Learning & Life at West End Synagogue, A Reconstructionist Congregation in Manhattan. She has her M.A. in Jewish Education and Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary. She is also a senior editor of Jewschool.com and Director of Programming for Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture.