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Parshas Toldot – Craft

Mazel Tov! Yitzchok and Rivka have twin boys in this weeks Parsha but, only Yaakov is a Tzaddik and wants to learn Torah. Esav on the other hand is born red, and hairy, and prefers to hunt animals.

Why not make a Yaakov and Esav puppet with your children?

You will need:

  • White construction paper
  • Eye stickers
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Coloured pens
  • Glue

Here is how to make them: Cut out 2 circles from your white construction paper. Allow your child to decorate each circle as they wish – make sure to give Yaakov a Kippah and Esav red hair! Have them decorate the popsicle stick as they see fit and stick the faces back to back with the stick in between. Glue the papers together (on the inside).

Here is an example of how it can look:

Yakkov

Yakkov

 Esav

Essav

Another idea is to make (red) lentil soup with your child this week. Then you can teach them that part of the story, where Esav gave up his right to be a firstborn (Bechor) for a bowl of lentil soup. You can try this recipe or share yours in the comments!

Good Shabbos and may all our children be the Yaakov’s of the world! 🙂

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Parshas Veyeira

In this week’s Parsha we learn about the wonderful Mitzvah of Hachnasas Orchim, welcoming guests. Avraham Avinu was always inviting guests into his tent and taught us how we must treat our guests, no matter who they are.

For this week’s craft, you will need:

  • Consturction Paper – Brown and Beige
  • Sand
  • Stickers
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Here is what to do:

Glue one sheet of construction paper and sprinkle sand over it. Leave it aside to dry. In the meantime, decorate the beige construction paper with the stickers and prop it into a tent shape. Fold it in half and cut out a rectangle to create a “door”. With the rest of the brown paper, make a palm tree by rolling the paper width-wise and slitting about 5 slits with a scissor at the top about one inch down. Spread out slits to form a palm tree look. Then, stick the tent and tree onto your sandy construction paper with glue.

AvrahamAvinuTent

If you can’t get hold of any of the above materials why not find an old scrap of carpet, get your paints out and make your very own Hachnassas Orchim doormat!

Now go and invite some guests to your Shabbos table! 🙂

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Crafty Ideas for Sukkot

By Devorah Niman

Here are a couple of quick, cheap and cheerful ideas to keep your little ones (and big ones!) busy on Erev Sukkot!

Wafer Sukkah

EdibleWaferSukkah

You will need:

  • 10 wafers (any flavour)/3 large crackers
  • Packet of long stick pretzels
  • Packet of green sour sticks/lassos
  • Icing sugar or marshmellow fluff
  • Paper plate/cake board

Directions:
Take your icing sugar and mix with a little water to make “glue”. Dip the bottom of each wafer into the glue and stick on to the plate/board in a ח shape (3x43x3). Next, take your pretzels and place across wafers to make “beams”. Lie the sour sticks, “greenery” across the “beams” to create the Schach effect.
Side tip: If desired, create inner props with marzipan….or lego for those on a diet!

Wait till Sukkot, then eat and enjoy!

Cheap and cheerful paper plate Ushpizin craft

UshpizinCraft

You will need:

  • 7 paper plates
  • Pictures of Ushpizin
  • Felt tips
  • Any craft supplies you have lying around e.g. glitter, pom poms etc.

Directions:
Colour/decorate Ushpizin pictures. You can enlarge images to make the size you desire – or make your own. Cut out and stick it on individual plates. Decorate the plate. Hang them in the Sukkah in any arrangement you like! Please excuse the lack of decoration on the plate but this is the general idea. Special thanks to Chinuch.org for this Ushpizin template.

UshpizinTemplate

Here are two other ideas from Kveller! This one is a healthy version of my Wafer Sukkah. It is also an edible Sukkah craft, made with crackers and veggies! And this one (also an inexpensive paper craft) is another Sukkah decoration idea. Also known as “paper links”.

I would love to see some pictures of your completed creations, so feel free to post it and share your ideas on this thread. There are some other creative suggestions there. Wishing you all a happy holiday!