Story by Nancy Breslin of CohabiTOT.
Saturday begins the festival of Purim. My son is already excited. At 4-years-old Purim means that he can go to synagogue in costume and make a lot of his noise with his grogger. He is still debating between dressing up as Haman or King Ahasuerus. (My bet is on Haman. After all what 4-year-old doesn’t want to be the bad guy?)
Typically for all the Jewish Holidays, my table is classically set with beautiful china, sterling silver and fresh flowers. I take great pride in my elegant table settings; presentation is just as important as delicious food. Purim, however, puts all those traditions aside. I love the opportunity to set the table with bright bold colors. This year my idea was that the placemats will be in the shapes of crowns. We will have festive tissue paper flowers. Groggers and masks will adorn each person’s place setting and rowdy kids will be permissible!
The above picture is my prototype for Saturday’s dinner. My son whole-heartedly made the paper flowers. He simply used my flower paper punch and then stuck the pipe cleaner through them. I was thinking something more elaborate but I love that he did them all by himself.
We realized that groggers from the Judaica store are quite difficult to use for my 1-year-olds. We want them to participate, so we will be making some simple ones. This is a great activity to keep the kids occupied on a snowy day at home.
empty juice box container
dried beans or macaroni
Fill the empty juice box with dried beans or macaroni. Cover the box with colorful paper and let the kid decorate using crayons.
Then make some noise!
I am truly looking forward to Saturday evening and Sunday’s festivities. We will have some non-Jewish friends over to help celebrate. It’s seems like everyone needs some merriment and bold colors to help chase away these winter blues.