Vinyl records can be transformed into beautiful bowls for mishloach manot. To make the project even more on theme, consider purchasing a record from a Jewish musical performer. The finished bowl can be decorated with paint markers. Directions for making the bowls can be found here.
In this whole-class activity, the students are provided a megillah with the characters' names removed. Students must place cards with the characters' names in the correct places to complete the story. The download includes directions for use with early elementary students, 2nd - 4th grades, and as a Purim carnival booth. The download is available here.
This short worksheet helps students in grades 1 and 2 remember the characters of the Purim story. For each clue, students identify which character is described and denote their answer by drawing a crown (Ahashuerus), a heart (Esther), a triangle (Haman) or a book (Mordecai). You can download the worksheet here.
February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month. Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Story can be a wonderful (and appropriate to the season) way to raise sensitivity and awareness in children. This teacher's guide suggests ways to unpack this book with your class in order to use it as a springboard for a meaningful lesson on disability awareness. You may download the guide here.
On Purim, a growing number of congregations are forgoing traditional graggers in favor of boxes of macaroni and cheese. Congregants bring their own boxes of pasta to shake when they hear the name of Haman. After the megillah reading, the macaroni and cheese boxes are donated to a local food shelter. This fulfills the mitzvah of matanot l'evyonim, giving to the poor, that is required on Purim.
Give your box of mac and cheese a festive look this year by adding a decorative wrapper. All you need is festive wrapping paper cut to size, ribbon, glue, and any free clipart or children's drawings you want to add for decoration.
1. Cut the paper to fit around the box leaving a small opening on one of the short sides.
2. Cut the ribbon to fit around the box with enough excess on each side of the paper to tie a bow.
3. Glue the ribbon along the middle of the paper leaving excess on each side.
4. Decorate the paper with drawings or clip art.
5. Tie the paper to the macaroni and cheese box.