Friday, April 18th, 2014
Passover is a funny holiday for crafting. Not really funny as in Ha Ha, but more like funny as in unexpected. Story-wise, it’s not the most joyous of weeks—there is a triumph in the end, but getting there was quite difficult for the Israelites. (Rather than do a synopsis of the book of Exodus, you can read the story to you kids from here.)
But, even the most serious of holidays deserve a little craft in their step and since I refuse to promote crafts of the 10 plagues (ew), I found these 4 (one made by yours truly) to be particularly surprising and fun!
When I was a kid, my sister, cousin Andy, and I were in competition for finding the hidden matzah (the afikomen). So after the official search, we would just wrap it up again and again and hide it for each other. Since Aunt Rosa didn’t wan’t crumbs all over the place, it ended up being just “hide the napkin.” So I thought, what if I make this fake matzah out of cardboard? Then we could really hide it and do a craft at the same time? Cut a square of cardboard (mine was 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″) and paint it a tan color. Let it dry, then use a pencil to poke holes in the cardboard. Glue brown yarn or twine around the edges to give it that finished, baked look. Look ma…no crumbs! (My son Oliver made the middle one here, by the way)
I always repurpose cereal boxes and cracker boxes for crafts, but it never occurred to me to craft with a matzah box. I love how Deep Fried Kudzu cut letters out of the boxes to make this holiday sign. Save your boxes to make the sign for next year!
Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make, but they are almost always Christmas-themed. With this unleavened holiday, who says you can’t make a matzah house, complete with a kosher-for-Passover fruit chew fence! Boca Raton Matzah house found via Epicurious.
The pyramids are such a symbol of the holiday, representing the slavery that the Israelites endured. While obviously not as hard to build, these origami pyramids are fun to make and teach kids about the 3D form. No Jewish holiday is complete without a visit to the blog, Creative Jewish Mom.
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Friday, August 2nd, 2013
In celebration of moving into the second full month of summer, I’ve collected some lovely boat crafts for you to make and play with. Build them and set them free on your favorite creek, pond, stream, or puddle. Surely, the boats will lead your kids on wild, summer adventures! And, while you’re sailing the high seas with an imaginary crew, consider reading The Wind in The Willows together. The pages are filled with woodland critters on boats, which is part of why it is one of my favorite story books!
1. This Twig Boat (pictured above) is magical and fun!
2. A Cork Boat! Brilliant!
3. Nutshell Sailboats. Ariana makes her sweet boats with hickory nuts. I’ve seen them made with walnut shells as well.
4. These Milkweek Pod Boats that my daughter made in the spring!
5. Traditional Origami Boats with a how-to video in the post!
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Friday, April 12th, 2013
1. Visit Heather at a happy wanderer for simple and interesting ways to explore with marbles. It struck me as a nice rainy day activity.
2. These cork key chain people are incredibly adorable! Wouldn’t they make great Mother’s Day gifts! via The Crafty Crow
3. These naturally dyed beads use a similar process as naturally dyed Easter eggs. The result is subtle and beautiful, and you can use them again and again for weeks and months to come.
4. Ohhh! Walnut Mice! I have a thing for using nutshells to make things, and these are too cute.
5. Now that it is spring, it is a lovely time to make a fleet of origami boats. After you launch them in a big puddle or small pond, you can have boat races. Just stay long enough to catch them on the other side.
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Friday, March 29th, 2013
1. In Sweden they have the Easter Rooster instead of the Easter Bunny. Hooray! Gina offers a tutorial for the Clucking Easter Rooster on her blog Willowday. (She also shows you how to turn the rooster shape into a bunny.)
2.This Felt Seder Plate is a fun and engaging way for children to become familiar with the Passover table.
3. Make beautiful, personalized Watercolor Letter Eggs for each member of your family.
4. Mmmm. Matzo Lasagna!
5. These Origami Bunny Boxes are just right for a handful of jellybeans.
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Thursday, March 21st, 2013
1. Oh my! Mer Mag‘s Bunny Pouch is an adorable way to deliver candy and treats.
2. Jessica posted about a clever and pretty Origami Bunny Envelope tutorial that she discovered and tested.
3. Brown paper bag Bunny Masks for hours of fun and merriment.
4. Do you have extra paint chip samples kicking around? This Paint Chip Bunny Garland is cute way to use ‘em up!
5. With a little help from an adult, children can send spring love notes with these Pop-Up Bunny Cards. Charming!
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