Rosh Hashanah Apple Card
Learn about and celebrate the Jewish New Year.
What You’ll Need:
*Construction paper: black, red, yellow, green, white
*Red tissue paper
*Brown & green markers, colored pencils, or crayons
*Talk to your child about the holiday Rosh Hashanah: the Jewish New Year.
In the fall, Jewish families celebrate a holiday called Rosh Hashanah: the Jewish New Year. A shofar, which is a hollowed-out ram’s horn, is blown on the holiday to call people together and to pay attention. Like many other holidays it is a time to think about what we have done in the past year. We have all done some good things and acts of kindness but there are also things that we have done that could be improved and done better the next time. It is a time for new beginnings, decorating of homes, sending cards, wearing new clothes, gathering with family and friends, and of course eating of special treats. Apples dipped in honey are often eaten to symbolize desire for a sweet year.
*Make a stoplight with your child by cutting a yellow, green, and red circle and gluing them to the black construction paper.
--Red: stop and think about the things you have done this past year, good and bad
--Yellow: slow down and take time to think about how you can improve
--Green: Go and make those changes for next year
*It’s traditional to send cards on Rosh Hashanah to friends and family. Fold the white construction paper in half. With a pencil, lightly draw the outline of an apple on the front of the card. Cut the red tissue paper into small squares. Twist and glue the pieces to cover the pencil and fill in the middle, creating an apple.
*Use the brown & green makers to add a stem and leaf. Write “Shana Tovah U'metuka” on the inside of the card, which means “Have a Happy and Sweet New Year”. Don’t forget to send your cards to your loved ones!
*While you are waiting for your cards and stoplights to dry, dip your apple slices in some honey to symbolize the sweet new year you will have!
*Send us a picture of your kids with their stoplights, cards, or apple slices and we may post it to our site! firstname.lastname@example.org.
This activity can be found in the Holidays section of our site.