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Purim Gragger Mishloach Manot

February 15, 2015 at 7:54 pm

With each passing year it seems to get harder and harder to find fun and creative Mishloach Manot presentations! Inspired by an idea I saw on a Mishloach Manot Facebook group I came up with these easy to make, fun and inexpensive Mishloach Manot ideas!

Simply take the bottle of drink if your choice (mini bottles work best), grab a bag of chips, a candy bar, or a mini box of candy and tape it on with a Purim ribbon for an inspired Purim gragger look! purimgragger3 purimgragger2 purimgragger1

Finish these off with a custom sticker with your name and wish your friends a Happy Purim in true creative style!

P.S. For information about Purim and what Mishloach Manot is go to this link:http://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/645309/jewish/What-Is-Purim.htm

New Years Resolution Time Capsule

December 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I have a great memory from elementary school. where my teacher Mr. D. had us all fill time capsules with a few pictures and some items. He promised to send them to us to be opened in a couple of years, but we never did see those again. :(

I have taken a more realistic approach here, with these New Year, to School Year End time capsules. Decorate a toilet paper roll with paper, markers, stickers and glitter. And then fill it up with small items, photos and art work. Then, have the students write or draw 5 things they hope to accomplish by the end of the School Year! Encourage the students to choose attainable resolutions, that they can be proud of at the end of the school year once you open them!

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Rock Painting for Parshat Veyeitzei

November 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Incorporate the Parsha of the week into your art this week! This multi activity craft is a very fun way to bring the Parsha to life. Take your students out on a rock hunt, encourage them to choose smooth and light colored rocks for painting ease. Then get suited up for some painting fun! I used watercolor paint, and they worked! But I am sure that a thicker paint would hold a brighter color on the rocks. After they dry, you can act out Yaakov setting up the rocks around his head for a great Parsha visual!


Living with the Parsha of the Week!

-Morah Mushkie

When the chart stops working…

October 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Lately, i’ve found myself steering clear of charts. I found that my four year old would use the chart as a power piece. domain ip Using the times when I would encourage good behavior in order to fill the chart as a good time to assert control.

So, he wanted control, I gave it to him. I filled a sheet with pictures and corresponding words of common triggers that might be making him act out. Needing the bathroom, and being hungry are two of the top triggers. And now, instead of trying to motivate him with the chart, i simply hand over the reigns to him and send him to his trigger sheet.

He takes a look at the pictures and decides what might be making him feel cranky/anxious/wild or nervous, and then i help him correct the trigger. I found it has worked wonders, it has taken all the power struggle out of the picture and has enabled him to take control of himself and self correct the things that may be bothering him and causing his to behave in less than desirable ways.

Here is my trigger sheet, what would you put on yours?

yossis behavior chart


Thank you bouquet for teachers

June 18, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Our teachers deserve thanks from the bottom of our hearts for all the efforts they put into giving our children the best year they could possibly have! Thank you!!


What you’ll need:
-Vase (I found mine for a 1$ )
- Foam letters
 How to:
1. Loop one end of one of the colored pipe cleaners and twist to secure it.
2. Make a second loop so that the ends of the two petals are touching.
3. Loop the remaining end over the center so that it forms a third middle petal.
4 Make a second set of petals using the other colored pipe cleaner following steps 1-3.and place on top of the first set.
5.Combine the two sets of petals by using green pipe cleaner and looping together in the middle and secure the flower to the green stem.
6. You can glue button in the middle of the flower.
7. Make as many flower as you like to fill the bouquet!
8: Glue the words thank you to the vase.
Good luck!
-Morah Shira

The Anxious Child

June 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

It took me a considerable amount of time to realize that my son had high anxiety. I learned from very early on that he did not like big crowds, did not like lots of noise and surprises upset him. It was very stressful for me as a parent trying to deal with something I could not understand. After all, my sisters kids could be put in their car seats with a snack and drive on a three hour trip without so much as a peep!

And then I realized, my son has high anxiety. What did that mean for me? Very simple. Keep things calm, and always prepare him. Once I realized that with a few minor tweaks to my daily life I could make both of our lives much, much easier.

1. Never spring ANYTHING on a child with high anxiety. Always prepare them beforehand so they know what to expect. My son hated getting haircuts. Before we would go to the barber I get down on his level and tell him: “I know that you are going to feel nervous about what I am going to tell you, but I want you to know that I have a plan to make it easier…”

2. Plan ahead so there in no rush. Once things feel rushed, my son shuts down. After a few morning where he went on the bus stressed out I realized that it was not going to work. Now I pack his backpack with the things he needs the night before. And we set his clothing out on the dresser so there is no wasted time picking out what to wear. And we always leave to wait for the bus at least 5 minutes early.

3. Discussions, lots of discussions. I find that my son likes to talk things through. Often before and after they accure. Finding time to talk about situations and experiences help him deal with them and even enjoy them.

Do you have a child or student with high anxiety? How do you help them cope?

-Morah Mushkie

Stress expression on little blond kid's face

Har Sinai Craft

May 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Children will love making this beautiful and fun Har Sinai craft by Morah Shira!

This project combines coloring, cutting and sticking – the tried and true favorites of small children everywhere!
What I used:
-small card board box
- small plastic-bowl/paper plate
-cork for the “luchot”
- some cotton wool for clouds
- flower confetti (but you could draw flowers, use stickers etc – whatever your craft stash will allow!) to decorate Mt Sinai.
 -green paint
-utility knife/regular knife
-color in green the box and the plastic/ paper bowl from all sides.
-glue the plastic bowl to the center of the box.
-color/draw on the wooden people faces.
-using utility knife cut holes around the bowl that you can stick the people inside.
-Glue 2 corks to each other.
-you can add א-י with black marker/pen-for the Ten Commandments.
-Now grab your gluestick and assemble your picture – Mt Sinai with clouds at the top,
 -decorate with flowers,all over the sinai mountain.
Have fun and chag Sameach!
-Morah Shira


Shavuot Paper Plate Craft

May 9, 2013 at 2:39 am

Create a really cute and simple Har Sinai Shavuot craft using simple and inexpensive craft items!

  1. Simply paint the outside of the paper plate green.
  2. Cut the plate halfway down the middle and fold over one another to create a low cone shape.
  3. Staple to hold together.
  4. Decorate as you wish using flower stickers, paper people or any other type of decorations you like!
  5. Make Luchot by designing Luchot on a small square of paper and then stapeling it to a popsicle stick.
  6. Stick the popsicle stick through the fold in the top of you mountain, and you have a beautiful, easy and unique Har Sinai!

-Morah Mushkie


Lag Baomer Craft; Dancing By the Bonfire

April 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Material you’ll need:

-Black construction paper
-Modeling clay, make sure you have at least the following colors: orange, yellow, blue, and brown.
-Craft glue ( white glue)
-paper(8 1/2-11)

How to:
-Light the candle; watch the flame carefully and identify the colors it is made of, what is closest to the center of the flame and what is farthest.
-smudge the modeling clay onto the paper in a way that will resemble flames. The modeling clay will stick to the paper.
-Add layers of colors, slowly building up your bonfire.
-Add some brown modeling clay for the wood
Using a brush, apply glue to the modeling clay, it will dry clear and protect your drawing.
Complete the pictures with people around the fire:
-Fold a sheet of paper like an accordion. Make sure all the sections are the same width.
-Draw a picture person whose hands are extended to the sides on the front of the paper.
Make sure the hands extend touch the folds of the paper on each side.
-Cut out the image while holding the paper in the accordion form. Make sure not to cut either of the folded edges where the arms end. If you do, you will have a lot of separate dolls.
Unfold the paper. You should have a whole chain of paper people holding hands.
-Color your paper people with crayons.
-add the people next to the Bon fire .
Glue them standing, as shown in the picture.Image-1
Good luck!

-Morah Shira

‘Kriat Yam Suf’ Craft

March 15, 2013 at 2:08 am
Take some time off from your cleaning and have some fun with the kids while making this fun ‘Kriat Yam Suf’ ‘Splitting of the Red Sea’ craft! This is also a wonderful hands-on learning project that the whole class can take part in!

What You’ll Need:

How To:

  • Make a tissue paper collage on a large piece of white cardboard:working on small areas at a time. Lay torn pieces of tissue onto glue and then carefully smooth with fingers or brush.
  • Cut wave shapes from your dry tissue paper collage, you’ll need at least 6 waves, but more is good too, as well as a variety of sizes.
  • Cut horizontal slits in the bottom of the waves, a fixed distance from the bottom.
  • Insert wave into the shoe box, from both sides and affix with hot glue or tape.
  • Glue pompoms to the base of the shoe box,so it’s look like the Israelites  or just let the children add little people toys, and let them cross the sea!
  • Tell your kids the story of the splitting of the Red Sea and let them come up with some more things to had.

Enjoy! And have a great Passover!

-Morah Shiraphoto-1