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We’re between festivals this month, so I decided to focus on some Hebrew words and phrases with the kids in my Shabbat Tot class.   “Lailah tov” means “Good night”. For a craft activity, we’re making a collage quilt using squares of fabric. You could also do this activity with squares of paper if you didn’t have any spare fabric.
As a bonus, my fabric represents a number of Jewish festivals, either intentionally or via a process of creative reimagining!

This is the (very simple) backing picture prior to the fabric squares being glued on.

Lailah tov

And this is what it looks like with the completed quilt.

Lailah tov complete

Can you spot: matzah for Passover, apples for Rosh Hashanah, a candle holder for Hanukah? How about: party hats for Purim, flowers for Shavuot, a plague of insects and another of darkness for Passover, water that parted at the Red Sea, and a selection of stars of David?  If you can suggest what my plain square of orange (ignoring the glue stain) might represent, please leave me a comment!

The story of Noah’s Ark is always popular with kids, and we run an annual craft session around it.  Last year we made an ark mobile.  This year we made a 3-D collage.

This is how I made it:
– Fold one rectangular piece of brown cardboard in half lengthwise, then cut the corners to make the curved shape of the ark.  Cut a door and two windows on one side.  Stick to the background piece of paper.
– Cut the top section of the ark from another piece of cardboard or paper (I used black).
– Print out or draw animals. You can find a selection of animals on white background on the Schleich website (they make realistic miniature plastic animals).  Cut them out and glue onto the top and inside of your ark. Alternatively, use animal stickers. Line some up with the door or windows for a nice effect.
– Add Noah, his faithful yet nameless wife, the rainbow and a dove.  I made the dove “flying” on a strip of cardboard bent over and glued on. (see below)

The joy of this design (the folded over ark) is that you can fill the inside with even more animals!

Above: Hatches closed.  Below: letting it all hang out.

This is an easy Sukkot craft activity for young children.

–  light card for background, any colour.  I used A4 size.
– some popsticks,  to form the walls of the sukkah.
– selection of leaves or small sprigs of greenery,  to form the roof of the sukkah.  The flatter they are, the easier they stick to the page.  I used what was available in my back yard – gum leaves, ferns and lavender.
– pictures of a table & chairs (to go inside the sukkah), a lulav and etrog (it’s not Sukkot without them!), stars (to decorate or go into the sky above the sukkah), and your child (so they can put themselves into the picture).
– decorations (pictures, confetti etc) – or draw your own.

You could cut picture from magazines, use photos or draw them yourself, but I find it easiest to use Google’s image search to find something suitable, then put all the pictures into one page using Microsoft Publisher and print off as many copies as I needed. 

For my Shabbat Tot group I printed multiple photos of all of the kids’ faces, so that they could put pictures of their friends into their sukkah if they wanted to.   If they are old enough, let them cut the pictures out themselves.

Equipment I used
– scissors, glue (I find glue sticks are easy for young children to use), crayons/textas/coloured pencils.  When sticking on leaves, double sided tape is less mess and probably gives a better result.

How to make your Sukkot collage

Give your kid(s) the materials and let them go!  Depending on their age and how much parental intervention takes place, you will either get a recognisable sukkah or something that looks like a cyclone went through the back yard, but either way they will have a lot of fun.

The picture above (on green background) is my daughter’s finished product from Sukkot last year, made with some assistance from her father.  At 3 and a half, she loved sticking things and “colouring” but was not yet able to draw, so it worked out well having the pictures ready for her to assemble, a bit like a freeform jigsaw puzzle.  The picture at the top (on white background) was all her own work at 4 and a half.

We enjoyed using this craft activity as an opportunity to talk about things like “what does a sukkah look like?”, “what is a lulav made out of?” and “what do people do in a sukkah?”

Collage is always fun for young children, and it’s easy to incorporate the key elements of Rosh Hashanah – apples, honey, shofar, round challah and “L’Shanah Tovah”.

I used:
– cardboard – I used a plate to trace circles on some old cardboard folders I was recycling.
– pictures – find them on the internet or draw your own, cut shapes from coloured paper
– scratch and sniff stickers – who knew they came in both apple and honey scents?  (Mind you if my honey smelled like those stickers I don’t think I’d be eating it!)
– textas for additional decoration

Cut out your pictures and glue them on, then add some decoration (if you want to) and hey presto, a colourful new year decoration for your fridge or wall.

If you’re short of time, you are welcome to print off my compilation of pictures gleaned from the internet: Rosh hashanah collage pictures

Last year I used the same pictures and we made cards to give to grandparents.

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