Sukkot has arrived!
Sukkot has arrived for those who celebrate. Why not build a Sukkah with your child and watch his imagination soar!? Although, my son learned about the holiday in school, this is not a holiday we typically observe at home. But, I thought it would be fun to build a Sukkah and get a taste of this joyous holiday.
What is Sukkot?
Here is a brief explanation according to Chabad.org, about the Jewish Holiday, Sukkot. Chabad.org explains, “Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection G-d provided the children of Israel when they left Egypt.” Therefore, Sukkot is celebrated by building a Sukkah, 3 walls and a roof covered in foliage. Throughout the week of the festival of Sukkot, you are supposed to dwell in the Sukkah and regard it as your home, according to the Torah.
Build a Sukkah!
As a fun activity and to get in the spirit of Sukkot, my son and I created a Sukkah. First, we pulled 2 chairs together (like you probably did to build a fort when you were younger). Next, a sheet was stretched between the two chairs to create the walls and the roof of the Sukkah. Then, we found some leaf printables online and cut out circles from construction paper to represent different fruits. E enjoyed cutting the shapes knowing they were going to be used for our project. Once the “foliage” was cut, we used clothespins to attach them for the roof of our Sukkah.
In the pictures above, we added a couch pillow to use as our table, fruits and vegetables (some of E’s favorite food to use for make believe picnics) to eat our meals. And, of course we needed to invite some friends and family to join in on the fun.
This was a fun project! It’s great for creativity, imaginary play, a fun place to read, play a game, or relax. If you don’t celebrate Sukkot, consider building and decorating a fort with your child.
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