Archive for March, 2009

Passover Crafts for Children

March 31, 2009

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In our family, as the children grew up we made each holiday a tradition of spending time together and creating new art that represented the meaning of each holiday to each child.

Needless to say the fridge was covered in art and when the fridge was full the walls became canvases for pictures and drawings.

At Passover we loved to make crafts that we were able to use at the seder table.  Here is one of our favorite ( even though the kids are older and have children of their own I still use their works of art on Passover!)

Passover Placements:
You will need construction paper, markers, paint, crayons, glitter or any other materials that you can think of for decoration.

Ask the children to draw what Passover means to them. They can decorate with symbols of Passover or use letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Passover Seder Plate:
You will need a good size and quality paper plate, markers, glitter glue and any other product you can think of for decorating the Seder Plate.

1. A traditional Seder plate contains five symbolic foods: a bitter herb such as horseradish; a roasted shankbone; a roasted egg; a fresh spring vegetable such as a lettuce or parsley; and charoses (an apple, nut, and raisin salad). To make a decorative Seder plate, start with a paper plate .

2. In the middle of the plate write the word Pesach in English or Hebrew by using a marker and / or glitter glue.

3. Draw 5 circles around the plate’s edge using a recycled round lid.

4. Make the traditional Passover foods and symbols using different colors of markers, and glitter glue. If you want to get really creative ( depending on the childrens age) you can have them draw on a separate piece of cardboard, the shank bone, color it in , cut it out and glue it on the seder plate.

5. Display the plate in a place where your whole family can enjoy your creativity for the holiday.

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Easter Eggs Made Easy

March 30, 2009

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Easter is a great time to bond with your children while having fun with arts and crafts.  Easter Eggs are an easy and fun project for all ages.  Get creative with the following ideas for decorating your Easter Eggs.

Egg decorating

There are loads of fun ways to decorate hard boiled eggs with your kids. Here are some of Netmums  favorites…

  • Elastic bands
    Wrap the elastic bands randomly around your egg and dip into the food dye, wait until it is dry and remove the bands. You could also remove only some of the elastic bands at this stage and repeat with a second color.
  • Thumbprints
    Put some paint in a small bowl and allow your child to dip their thumb in and print onto the egg. When dry, you could turn the thumb prints into animals or faces by drawing on the details with a fine marker pen.
  • Stickers
    Dip the whole egg into a food dye color of your choice and leave to dry. Decorate using a variety of small Easter stickers.
  • Crayons
    Draw a pattern onto the egg using white or light colored crayon. Dip into food dye and when you take it out, the crayon pattern will still be visible. Leave to dry.
  • Egg Creatures
    Decorate your eggs with a variety of googly eyes, beads, glitter, sequins, wool, ribbon, feathers etc. This can be done on a plain egg or one that has already been dyed, and a fine marker pen can be used to add detail.
  • Crazy Paving
    Hard boil an egg and then use the back of a teaspoon to break all the shell into ‘crazy paving’. Soak the egg in some food coloring for a bit – when you then take the shell off you’ll have the pattern underneath! A good way to get kids eating hard boiled eggs!

Alternatively, instead of hard boiled eggs, you could blow the eggs and decorate the outside. First make two holes at either end of the egg with a needle and blow through one to make the insides come out of the other (if they’re not coming out, make the hole a bit bigger!)

Then tie some cotton onto the middle of a match. Insert the match into the egg and twist it so it doesn’t come out and you can hang your egg from the cotton.

Then decorate with anything – sequins, paints, ribbon etc!