Purim Preschool Activities
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.
5 wood tongue depressors,
5 mini wood ‘popsicle’ sticks,
scraps of fabric,
scraps of yarn & embroidery floss,
10 wiggly eyes,
gold foil (chocolate bar wrappers – yum!).
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.
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.
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.