Feb 29, 2012
You will need:
A very big paper or fabric triangle for each player (newspaper works best)
1. Leader plays Purim music and players march in a circle, holding their triangles. When the music stops, each player folds his/her triangle in half and stands on it. The last player to do so is out.
2. As the music starts and stops, the paper triangles get smaller and smaller and the number of players fewer and fewer. Keep playing until only one player is left.
Hamantaschen--which are triangle shaped--are reminders of Haman's three-cornered hat.
Jewish Holiday Games for Little Hands by Ruth Esrig Brinn.
Feb 22, 2012
What was your favorite book when you were a child? It is so hard to choose a favorite book! I loved lots of books as a child, and I still do: Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte’s Web, The Phantom Tollbooth…and lots of others.
What’s your favorite line from a book? Hm. That’s a hard question! One that comes to mind is a quote from Commander Toad (by Jane Yolen): “Before you can be brave, you must first be very much afraid.” This is encouraging somehow, when I am not feeling especially brave.
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators? Elise Kleven, Tove Janssen, Arnold Lobel.
Why did you want to become an author?
I love playing with words and making up stories and poems. I’m not sure becoming a writer was something I decided to do. I just did it! But I did decide to send some stories to publishers, and that was because I thought it would be neat to be able to share them with lots of people, even ones I didn’t know.
Do what you love to do: write, draw, paint what delights you.
I had two inspirations. One: I starting directing plays with a friend of mine and realized that lots of unexpected things happen when you put on plays! Two: I have a flock of chickens, some of whom have a LOT of personality. A chicken director seemed just right to me.
I hope it will encourage lots of play, and plays! Who knows—puppet shows? Talking toys? Dressed-up furniture? Purim is a holiday that invites topsy-turvy imagination.
by Kelly Terwilliger
illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman
32 pages, 9 1/4 x 11
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
|photo by Tod Cohen from It's Purim Time!|
Stitch the legs to the hoodie arms.
Attach fiber-filled fabric (colored socks would work) to the hood to make eyes.
Get Sammy Spider's First Purim.
Kar-Ben's version of the mythical creature is more sweet and bumbling than terrifying, but it would be a unique costume. Orange leggings, a yellow hoodie with feathered maribou stitched to the arms and top of the hoodie, plus a construction paper beak would make a terrific Ziz costume. Yellow face paint with green eye make up would make the costume even more special. Of course, carry a copy of your favorite Ziz book!
Feb 9, 2012
Studying writing and literature is more fun when you get to meet real authors and learn about writing from them!
Language Arts students at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul recently met with Kar-Ben Publishing author Tami Lehman-Wilzig through a virtual author visit. The school used Skype and a SMART BOARD to connect with Tami, who lives in Israel. The 8-hour time gap didn't matter for this live visit.
Get more information about inviting a Kar-Ben author to your school or organization.
Feb 3, 2012
Here is a sample Theater Exercise from the guide, which you can download here:
Teacher gives instructions and gets the children to act according to the instructions:
“Pretend you are a seed. Get as tiny as you can. Pretend you are snuggling deep into the ground. But now imagine the kind of seed you are and what kind of tree/flower/bush/plant you will become. What will you look like? What kind of colors will you have for your leaves and/or flowers? What kind of shape and size will you grow into?
The season is winter and the ground turns cold and hard, but you are protected below the surface of the earth. Then the warmth of the spring sun begins to thaw the earth. The rains fall. The seed begins to push through the earth. It’s hard for a little seed to push through, but as it grows, it pushes harder and soon breaks through.
|illustration by Wendy W. Lee, from The Apple Tree's Discovery|
Feb 1, 2012
|illustration from Lights Outs Shabbat by Jeff Ebbeler|
1. Make Hot Chocolate
A snow day is the best excuse to give your kids liquefied sugar. There are tons possibilities for recipes, experiment a little and do some taste testing. Try it with a little cinnamon, peppermint, hazelnut or caramel. Add some marshmallows and/or whip cream on top. Yum!
2. Build a Fort
Use some of that sugar high to your advantage and build a fort in the living room. Pretend that you’re all on a mission in the arctic and you need to find all the blankets and cushions in the house to build yourselves a fort to save yourself from the cold.
3. Read a Book
You now have a fabulously cozy spot to hang out. Take turns reading and come up with silly voices to use for different characters. Lights Out Shabbat, a new book that comes out on March 1, would be a great book for a snow day as the characters are having one too!
4. Activity Books
5. Photo Fun
Take pictures reenacting favorite characters or scenes from the stories you’ve read. Or take pictures to create your own photo story. How many silly faces can you get in one story?
Still have some energy to burn? Grab a copy of Alef-Bet Yoga for Kids and hold a contest to see who can form the best Hebrew letter. This would be great for photos too!
Parents, teachers, community organizers, administrators: Join us on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST for a free webinar on creating inclusion for children with special needs within Jewish communities. Reserve your free webinar seat by registering here. Seats are limited, so don't delay!
Shelly Christensen, Program Manager, Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities, JFCS Minneapolis. Shelly is co-founder of Jewish Disability Awareness Month.
Ellen Bari, author, educator and creator of award-winning multimedia, exhibits and programs for children and adults for clients including Sesame Workshop, PBS, Nickelodeon, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Harper-Collins. She is the author of Jumping Jenny, the story of a girl born to jump, but wholoses her buoyant bounce after her jumping gets her into trouble.
From author Ellen Bari:
“When I wrote the book I did not realize there were so many ways it would be received, from helping ADD kids think about focusing their energy in a good way, to empowering girls, to getting kids excited about moving: like mannah in the desert, different flavors for everyone.”
Reserve your free webinar seat by registering here. Seats are limited, so don't delay!