Afikomen bag in 30 minutes
With Passover less than a month away, we're featuring ideas from our Passover Resource Kit.
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.
Kids like this fun treatment for lazy eye with no patches
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.
Homemade Mishloach Manot Baskets for Purim
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!
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
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.
Travels In The Land Of Pluralism
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.