Shavuot Activities

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Shavuot Activities for preschoolers through second grade.

Explore pomegranates. The secret to getting the seeds out is to cut it open and submerge it in water to remove the seeds. Then after tasting the seeds put out some white paper and let the kids squish the seeds so that they make little spatters. They can also draw with the seeds.

Create a tree

You will need construction paper, sponges, paint (red, yellow, orange and green) and white glue.

Cut out of brown paper the trunk of a tree. Have the children glue it onto another sheet of paper. Then with the sponges dip it into the paint and make the leaves.

Create a Tissue Paper Tree

You will need construction paper, white glue, and tissue paper.

Pre-cut the trunk of a tree. have the children glue it onto a sheet of paper. Then have the children scrunch up pieces of tissue paper to make balls. Dip it in the glue and place it on the paper. The focus of any art experience is the process, not the end product.

For Shavuot, we make a table centerpiece with the kids (I have 2’s). We paint a small paper plate one color and a toilet paper roll another color. Glue the roll to the plate in the shape of a vase. I cut out foam board (different colors) in the shape of different flowers and have the kids decorate with sequins and glitter glue. About 3-4 flowers per vase. Attach pipe cleaners as stems. Hint: You have to use a strong craft glue on the foam. Elmer’s won’t work.

We plant grass seeds in a clear plastic cup. The children do the planting-add the soil-sprinkle the seeds-water the seeds-Then the children make their own tree on a 1/4 piece of white construction paper (at circle after discussing Tu B’Shevat the children learn how to make a simple tree) The tree is then stapled on to a craft stick and inserted into the soil. When the grass begins to grow it looks like it’s growing around the tree. The child really love this!

Since TuB’shvat Day is about New Year of the Tree, Sequence cards are great for preschoolers. First I have a picture of a seed, then a root, then a tree, then the blossoms on the tree. Have the children arrange them in sequence starting from seed to blossomed tree. They love this game! You can have them do it as a group, or glue the pictures on their own paper individually.

A co-teacher of mine used this project for Tu B’Shvat. Fill one clear plastic cup with soil and grass seeds. Cut a piece of construction paper to fit around the cup, decorating it to look like a face. Place the paper and the cup of soil into another clear plastic cup, and instruct the children to water the plant every day, to help your “grass man/woman” grow hair. It’s really a fun project!

Since Tu B’shevat is the celebration of trees, and being thankful for what trees give us (basically a Jewish Arbor day), we read “The Giving Tree”, by Shel Silverstein. We then make a bird feeder by spreading peanut butter on half of a sliced toasted bagel and then rolling or pressing it into bird seed. We choose a tree and attach the bird feeders to that tree by hanging it by a string. We discuss all the gifts trees give us and why they are so important. We then have tree snacks for tasting, particularly fruits you would find in Israel, dates, olives, oranges, figs, etc.

Bring fruit. Close the child’s eyes and let them guess the fruit by smelling it.

Root Top Leaves

Cut about one inch off of any root vegetable. (carrots, parsnip, rutabaga) Set them in a dish which has about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of water. Add water when needed to maintain the water level and watch for leaves.

I am not a preschool teacher, but an elementary librarian! I have been doing this activity with either Sunday school classes or my own children for the past 15 years!!!!

Materials: Potting soil Cups or small planters Packet of parsley seeds

On Tu B’Shevat, plant parsley in a pot with soil. You can talk about planting, and what plants need to grow. Put it in a sunny spot, water it well. By Pesah, it will be ready to use for your seder! It’s a great way to reinforce Tu B’Shevat ideas of planting, and renewal, and to connect with the spring holiday of Pesah!

Talk about the different types of food that grows on trees. In my class, some of the foods we have done include pomegranates, pineapples, pear-apples, oranges, star-fruit, dates, figs, olives, mango, avocado, apples, coconut, cherries, and kiwi. Talk about if the outside of the fruit is edible, if the seeds are edible, talk about the pits if we eat only the inside or the outside or both. Then we do a tasting. We ask the children “was one taste enough” or “do you want more?” Then we make a chart of the tasting. We also use some of the foods to make things. Some things we have made include apple crisps, pomegranate soda, haystacks (coconut), and date balls.

Tu Bishvat marks the New Year of the Fruit Trees.
In its honor serve to children fruits that grow on trees, such as apples, pears, dates, figs, oranges, grapefruits, bananas, and even almonds if you like.

We bake a regular cake, it can even be from the box. When cooled, I cut the cake into the shape of a tree. We spread green icing (confectionary sugar, water, and food coloring) onto the ‘leafy’ part of the tree, and then use trix fruit-shaped cereal to decorate. After singing happy birthday to the trees, we cut it and enjoy it! We have done this with the 2,3, and 4 class, and they all loved it!

Shavuot Activities

Shavuot Activities for preschoolers through second grade.