Tuesday, November 3, 2009



I began this process with Parshat Lech Lecha. I decided to start with the famous verse from Genesis 15:5: "And He brought him (Abraham) outside, and said, Look now toward the skies (shamayim), and count the stars (kochavim), if you are able to count them; and he said to him, So shall your seed be." My girls already love the preschool song "Twinkle twinkle kochavim, way up in the shamayim" so they already knew two of the Hebrew words from this verse! I thought that it would be sufficient to introduce them to the character of Avraham and the idea that Hashem promised that he would be the father of a large and important family.

STEP #1: I started by taping down coloring pages about Parshat Lecha Lecha from aish.com. While they were coloring, I told them the basic plot and the name of the parsha.

STEP #2: When they were done (bored of) coloring, I put out paper stars that I had cut out of colored construction paper. They were excited to pick which stars they wanted to decorate. They were especially excited to use glitter! I watered down some glue and had them use paint brushes to apply the glue before shaking on the glitter.

STEP 3: I printed out the Hebrew words of the pasuk (verse) from Genesis 15:5. I had not intended it, but they wanted to decorate these pages as well.

STEP 4: My kids love to decorate the house for any occasion - for birthdays, homecomings, etc. So, I had them hang their projects up so that they would be Shabbos/Parsha decorations. They loved showing them off to everyone who came over.

STEP 5: We made star cookies with sprinkles. Since it was very late in the afternoon, I took the easiest route possible and used Pillsbury refrigerated dough! Of course, they loved making, decorating, and eating these! The best is that they called them "Kochavim Cookies" all weekend.

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