Celebrating Purim With Kids

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Republished with permission from PJ Library.

Of all the holidays in the Jewish year, none is more fun for children than Purim. Kid-friendly Purim activities include baking hamantaschen, delivering mishloach manot, gift baskets, to friends and neighbors, dressing up in costume, and shaking a grogger.

Here are some ways to enjoy Purim with your kids:

Read a Purim Story Together

We love any excuse to snuggle up and read with our kids, and Purim is no exception. Here are some fantastic Purim bedtime, or anytime, books that you can read with your kids:

  • Cake & Miracles
  • Goldie's Purim
  • One, Two, Three Purim!
  • Queen Esther Saves Her People

Dress Up

One of our favorite Purim traditions is dressing up in costumes. You can be almost anything!

Dress Up Like Your Favorite PJ Library Character or head over to our Purim Pinterest Board for more ideas.

Give Gifts

A tradition of Purim is to give gifts--to friends as well as to the needy. Gift baskets for friends, or mishloach manot may include packets of baked goods, treats, or other items. Families may also collect canned goods to donate to a local food pantry, give extra to their weekly tzedakah practice, or cook and deliver a meal for a neighbor stuck at home, as part of their Purim festivities.

Shake Groggers

For kids, and some grownups too, one of the best parts of Purim is getting to make noise--and lots of it! When you hear the name, Haman, the villain of the Purim story, shake your grogger, or noisemaker.

Enjoy some Music

Check out our Purim playlist!

Bake Hamentaschen

You can try out some of these super easy hamantaschen recipes, or get fancy with one of the recipes below:

  • Rainbow Hamantaschen via The Nosher
  • Red Velvet Hamantaschen via What Jew Wanna Eat
  • Rice Krispies Treats Hamantaschen via The Nosher

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