children-and-family

Afikomen bag in 30 minutes

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00am

With Passover less than a month away, we're featuring ideas from our Passover Resource Kit.


From BibleBeltBalabusta


Afikoman bag: a seder-centric craft for those of us with 30 minutes or less. It’s practical, decent-looking, durable, and fun for kids to make. 

I program this with Kindergarteners, but with tweaks it can work for other grades. Note that if you are working with just one or two kids, they can do all the work. If you have a group, there is no time for one-on-one assistance, which means you’ll make kits. Yes, a kit is rather “cookie-cutter,” but there are ways to offer choices.

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Kids like this fun treatment for lazy eye with no patches

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


BinoVision goggles add eye-stimulating elements to any streaming video content children choose to watch; condition improves within eight weeks.


Amblyopia (“lazy eye”), a disorder affecting three to five percent of the general population, usually is treated by patching the stronger eye or blurring its vision with atropine drops, in order to force the brain to use images from the weaker eye.

Yet only 60% achieve normal vision, and 35% of those who improve eventually regress. Moreover, compliance is only around 50% since nobody – and especially children – enjoys using eyepatches or eye drops.

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Homemade Mishloach Manot Baskets for Purim

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00am
By Brenda Ponnay for ToriAvey.com


Purim is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start making Purim baskets – otherwise known as Mishloach Manot! Instead of rushing out to the local craft store for pre-made baskets, why not create homemade baskets with your kids?
 

These simple woven paper baskets are fun to make and give. They’re made from construction paper, and they’re super easy to put together!
 

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You can find this craft and other great Purim ideas in our Purim Resource Kit.
 

As a Single Jewish Mom, This Is Why Synagogue Is My Safe Place

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:00am
Ruth Cohen Ohlstein for Kveller 


I always have tissues in my tallis bag. Not because I use it as a purse, but because I’d rather not have to keep washing it in a pillow case, hoping the tzitzit (fringes) don’t get wrecked or the painstakingly hand-painted lettering doesn’t somehow decide to come off.

I’m emotional. My face leaks. Often inconveniently. And often in public. I own this now, but I didn’t always.

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Travels In The Land Of Pluralism

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:00am
BY MICHELE CHABIN for The Jewish Week


Expat Israelis give their Sabra kids a lesson in N.Y. style multiculturalism


Last July, for the first time in three years, my husband and I travelled from Israel, where we live, to the U.S. with our two sons.

Although our 14-year-old twins had visited America several times, the previous trips had focused mostly on purely fun outings to amusement parks, 7-Eleven (Slurpees) and Toys R Us.


We wanted this visit to be different, or at least deeper.

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Jewish Summer Camp Guide 2017

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:00am
From Moment Magazine



Every child is different. Find the camp that's right for yours!


Plus—an interview with experts on why Jewish Summer Camps are important.


Read about "Where the Stars got their Start" and "A Conversation with JCC Association of North America" plus all about the many experiences available for your child.


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Build a Terrarium for Tu B'Shevat

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:00am

In Honor Of Tu B'Shevat Which Is on February 11, We Are Highlighting One Of The activities From Our Tu B'Shevat Resource Kit. You Will Find Many Other ideas, crafts, videos, and recipes. 


From KidsGardening


Overview: A terrarium is a miniature garden grown inside a covered glass or plastic container. It is a low maintenance way to incorporate plants into your classroom or home and an excellent tool for teaching children about the water cycle as it demonstrates evaporation, condensation and precipitation. In the presence of light and heat, water evaporates from the plants through transpiration and from the soil. Since it is an enclosed environment, when the water vapor hits the side of the container, it condenses. Once enough water accumulates or the temperature decreases, the condensation will then precipitate down the sides of the container back into the soil.

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Also, check out our Tu B'shevat board on Pinterest.

5 Ways to Keep a Dead Jewish Grandmother Alive

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:00am
Michael Bahler for Kveller 


Arguably the best thing about being Jewish is having a Jewish grandmother, so it makes me very sad that my kids are never going to know my mother, who died when our eldest was 6 weeks old, or my wife’s mother, who passed before we got married.

We want to give our young kids a sense of who their grandmothers were, but we also don’t want to burden them with our sadness or freak them out about death (and have them worry we are about to die).

Trying to strike the proper balance, here’s what we do:


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Why We Went to Israel for My Son’s Bar Mitzvah Instead of Having a Big Party

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:00am
By Jordana Horn for Kveller


My oldest son became a bar mitzvah in November. We had a congregational Kiddush luncheon in his honor, and a small party for him and his friends that evening. Instead of having the grand blowout party that seems to be the general expectation in my New Jersey suburb, we opted to go to Israel instead. And it was the best decision I possibly could have made, for these reasons (among others):

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Could Tasty Israeli Snack Be Answer to Peanut Allergies — in America?

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:00am
By Naomi Zeveloff The Jewish Daily Forward


American parents should be feeding their babies peanut products to avoid severe allergies later in life — just like the Israelis do.

Israeli consumption of Bamba, Israel’s popular peanut-flavored corn puff snack, is likely the reason that Israeli children have a low incidence of peanut allergies, say health reports.

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2016

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:00am
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 


Stories about Noah’s Ark, Jewish weddings, and scientific discovery make perfect Hanukkah gifts


Giving someone a didactic book as a gift is like giving them a Dustbuster. Or a bathroom scale. There’s implicit criticism there, a kind of superior “you require betterment, and I shall better you” messaging that is not very spirit-of-giving. It’s even worse when the recipient of your dull and noble book is a child. Congratulations, you’ve just conveyed to an impressionable youth that reading is a chore and that you are unfun.

Therefore. Here is a collection of giftworthy books that are not only worthy but fun to read. Gifts like these help kids stay readers for life.

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Am I A Terrible Parent for Not Getting My Kids Gifts?

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 12:00am
Maurie Backman for Kveller 


I’m the type of person who has a real problem with clutter. (In fact, I’ve written about it here.) Having a cluttered house doesn’t just irritate me; it makes me feel claustrophobic in my own home. And so with the holidays coming up, I’m already taking steps to clear out space to accommodate the inevitable influx of boxes that’s sure to take over my house.

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With 8 nights, there are lots of fun things you can do with your family. Read more, visit our Hanukkah Holiday Spotlight Kit  

How to Avoid 8 Nights of Unnecessary Hanukkah Gifts

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:00am
Maurie Backman for Kveller


Now that Hanukkah is just around the corner, I’m doing my best to prepare by shopping early, searching for the best deals, and clearing out space in my house to accommodate the usual haul of incoming presents.

So let’s talk about those presents for a minute. My kids tend to get a lot of them—too many, if I’m being honest. And since my oldest happens to have a December birthday, the influx of stuff that takes over my already-cluttered house around Hanukkah time is almost unmanageable. Not only that, but the sheer volume of presents is actually overwhelming for my kids, so much so that my family’s generosity almost tends to backfire.

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With Hanukkah just around the corner, find more great ideas in our Hanukkah Spotlight Kit 

Top Ten Hanukkah Songs

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:00am
AMY DEUTSCH for Kveller


Maybe it’s the Christmas “competition,” but it seems like there are more songs about Hanukkah than about any other Jewish holiday. And why not? It’s fun and delicious and lasts for eight amazing days. So if the only Hanukkah song you know is “Dreidel Dreidel,” read on.

1. Michelle Citrin, “Left to Right“

In 2008, Michelle Citrin and William Levin created this music video (reminiscent of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company ad from The Office) with help from people across the world who submitted short clips of themselves lighting Hanukkah candles and then passing the candle on to someone else. It’s an awesome video and a catchy and sweet song. And even better, it reminds you which way you’re supposed to light the candles. (I forget every year!)

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With Hanukkah just around the corner, find more great ideas in our Hanukkah Spotlight Kit