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Purim Preschool Activities


Purim Preschool Activities

Fun Purim Preschool Activities for the classroom or home.


To the Tune of He’veynu Shalom Alecheim:

Let’s all dress up ’cause it’s Purim (3x) (Stamp feet) We’ll stamp out Haman, Haman, ’til his name is gone…

Let’s clap our hands “cause it’s Purim (3x) We’ll stamp out Haman…

Let’s pat our Rosh (head)…

Let’s jump around…

Let’s all shake hands…

etc.


on Purim day on Purim day

4 mitzvot we do

on Purim day on Purim day

ill sang them now to you

la la la la la la …..

we go to shul we go to shul for the megilla reading and then back home and then back home the meal that we’ll be eating la la la la la la….

we give tzedakah give tzedakah to the poor and then the shalach manot that’s delivered to the door la la la la la la….


“If You Knew Shushan”

(“If You Knew Susie”)

If you knew Shushan

Like I knew Shushan,

Oh, oh, oh what a town!

And then there’s Vashti,

She was a problem,

Even though she looked good

in her evening gown!

Then there’s Esther

and Mordecai, too.

They conquered Haman

to save every Jew!

Ahashuveros was very happy,

Oh, oh, what a town,

We’re talkin’ Shushan,

Oh, oh, what a town,

Give Shalach Mones,

Oh, oh what a town,

Eat hamentashen,

Oh, oh what a t-o-w-n!!!


In Hebrew, there is a song about a little clown (“Leitzan katan nechmad, Roked im kol echad, Leitzan katan sheli Ulai tirkod iti…) Here is the English version:

A little, little clown
Is jumping up and down!
A little little clown
Is jumping up and down!
Purim! Purim!

Purim, Purim Today! (Repeat the last two lines twice)
On every Purim day I dance I sing and Play! (Repeat these four lines twice)
Purim, Purim today! (Repeat these last two lines twice)


Song – Pretty Little Ester went to town bought hamentashen nice and brown, she took a little bite and then she cried “Goody, Goody, Goody, there is something inside”

Sung to “I’m a little teapot”


to the tune of Heveynu Shalom Aleichem:

Let’s all dress up ’cause it’s Purim,

let’s all dress up ’cause it’s Purim,

let’s all dress up because it’s Purim

We’ll stamp out Haman, Haman, ’til his name is gone (have the children stamp their feet at this part)

2. Let’s clap our hands ’cause it’s Purim…

3. Let’s pat our rosh (head) ’cause it’s Purim…

4. Let’s march around …


A cute song for Purim…

Purim day, Purim day. What a happy holiday.
Wear a mask, wear a crown. Dancing all around.
Round go the groggers, rash, rash, rash! (3x)
On Purim day!

(This is the English version of a Hebrew song called Chag Purim)


My hat it has three corners, three corners has my hat and had it not three corners it would not be my hat. Use hand motions. My–point to yourself, Hat-touch head, three–put up three fingers, corners–touch elbow. Each time you sing the song leave out a word and just use the hand motion. First leave out my, then hat, then three, then corners. Finish by singing the complete song again.


Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker man, bake me hamentashen fast as you can. You roll it and fold it and make corners three, put it in the oven for the children and me.


Purim Song: (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you hear the name of Haman stomp your feet. (stomp feet twice) repeat If you hear the name of Haman, if you hear the name of Haman, if you hear the name of Haman stomp your feet (stomp feet twice)

If you hear the name of Esther clap your hands……

If you hear the name of Ahasuerus turn around…..

If you hear the name of Mordecai shout hooray….


Purim Song (To the tune of Sing A Song Of Sixpence) It is time for Purim, a happy holiday We parade in costume, in a happy way The best part is eating, the sweet Hamantaschen Hearing noise from groggers when we hear the name Haman.Play knock down Haman’s sons. Haman had 10 sons. Make faces on 10 bowling pins, (you can just tape them on) and go bowling!


P-U-R-I-M (to the tune of Bingo) There is a holiday I love and Purim is its name-o. P-U-R-I-M, P-U-R-I-M, P-U-R-I-M and Purim is its name-o.


Draw a picture of Esters Head. Make crowns. Blindfold children and play pin the crown on Esters’ head. You could also make a head of Haman and use a Hamentashen to pin on his head.


For Purim, we make Shalach Manot Baskets for a nearby nursing home. I ask parents in advance for little donations of samples like lotion, perfume and candy. The children love giving their decorated baskets, and the residents at the nursing home love seeing the children.


Make puppets for Purim! King Ahasuerus, Vashti, Queen Esther, Mordecai, evil Haman.

Supplies:

5 wood tongue depressors,

5 mini wood ‘popsicle’ sticks,

scissors,

white glue,

scraps of fabric,

scraps of yarn & embroidery floss,

10 wiggly eyes,

permanent pen,

gold foil (chocolate bar wrappers – yum!).

Instructions:

Glue the mini wood stick about 1-1/2″ from the top of the larger wood stick; let dry. Glue wiggly eyes above mini wood stick; draw on nose and mouth; glue scraps of embroidery floss for hair &/or beards. Use the scraps of fabric, felt, yarn, etc, for making clothing. (Children can be very creative and imaginative with this craft.) Allow the glue to dry thoroughly. Gold foil can be used to make crowns for the King and Queen.

Use the puppets to tell the story of Esther, how she relied on God’s strength and saved her people from destruction.

There are other people mentioned (read: Esther in the Old Testament)… puppets can be constructed for palace guards, etc.


No-Bake Hamantashen. Take a slice of white bread, cut a circle out of it with a cookie cutter or some other round object. Use jelly or chocolate chips as the filling and peanut butter as the glue to fold up your triangle. (watch for peanut allergies!)


On Purim, it is customary to send baskets (containing at least 2 different types of food) to friend’s and family. I like to use strawberry containers. Decorate with ribbon (weaving is a great activity for 3’s and 4’s!) and fill with colorful tissue paper and treats! The children are always excited to exchange their baskets!


Can’t-fail Hamentashen 1cup sugar 6 tablespoons water 1 cup butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 4 cups flour Filling: jams or chocolate candies preheat oven to 375 cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs continue creaming until smooth. Stir in water and vanilla. Add sifted flour until dough forms a ball. wrap in wax paper and refrigerate at least 12 hours. When ready to bake, pinch off pieces of dough and roll out on flat surface. cut with a 3 inch round cookie cutter or glass. Place filling in the center of each round. Pinch the 3 sides together to form a triangle. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 35-40 Hamantashen. * prune and poppy seeds are the traditional fillings.


make Hamentashen cookies from a paper plate and tissue paper. paint a paper plate brown. Fold the circle into a triangle staple it to hold it in place and add tissue paper for the filling. I like to do this activity before we bake hamentashen so the children can see how the circle becomes a triangle like Hamen’s hat.


Purim Groggers
Take a water bottle and get the children to glue on tissue paper. and place beads inside and glue the cap on. Makes a beautiful Gragger.


Purim Groggers

Use square juice boxes filled with beans etc. Dip them in glue then in paper confetti or scraps. Finish by putting a chopstick or 1/2 of the cardboard piece from a wire hanger into the “straw hole” for a handle. This is a great way to encourage recycling also.


Purim Groggers

Place 2 Dixie Cups with the openings facing each other. Securely tape and decorate. This makes a nice sized, no handle grogger.


Make a megillah for Purim by using a toilet paper roll. Have the children paint the roll and then take sheets of paper (width side up) with pictures of the main characters of Purim (or the story of Purim in pictures) and roll them around the tp roll. Have the children color in the pictures. Add sequins, shiny paper crowns, etc. for a nice accent. After it is rolled up, tie together with a nice ribbon. Voila, a megillah all their own!


Play knock down Haman’s sons. Haman had 10 sons. Make faces on 10 bowling pins, (you can just tape them on) and go bowling!


P-U-R-I-M (to the tune of Bingo) There is a holiday I love and Purim is its name-o. P-U-R-I-M, P-U-R-I-M, P-U-R-I-M, and Purim is its name-o.


Draw a picture of Esters Head. Make crowns. Blindfold children and play pin the crown on Esters’ head. You could also make a head of Haman and use a Hamentashen to pin on his head.


Purim Preschool Activities

Fun Purim Preschool Activities for the classroom or home.

Purim Preschool Activities