Last week’s Parsha was Vayakel, the one where the Israelites build the Mishkan, the Tabernacle in the wilderness. So, for a Shabbat activity at synagogue, I created an Edible Mishkan. Each kid 2nd grade and up made a personal, edible Mishkan.
Many liberties have been taken with materials, but it was a sweet little project.
Everything is kosher. My store was out of Jelly Belly gummy bears, or they would be sitting on the ark as chubby cherubim.
The cute labels are from a lesson plan called “Cut and Paste Mishkan,” submitted by J. MacLeod at the Hebrew day school education site Chinuch.org. I used the labels only. The edible idea is mine.
The footprint of the Mishkan was a big piece of red construction paper with smaller blue origami box as the Holy of Holies. Kids were given labels and supplies and had to create the ark, the golden basin, the copper altar, the golden altar and the shulcan (the table for the 12 loaves of show bread)
My favorite part was handing them the tube of red food gel after they assembled their copper altar with the unfortunate cow (animal cracker) poised at the top for sacrifice.
A mini Reese cup in golden foil would have been a perfect basin, but to avoid nut products I used a Rolo.
The menorah was just a double-sided cardstock picture, because making one out of candy or snacks to this scale proved to be beyond me. I’ve used shoelace licorice and pretzel sticks to make menorahs plenty of times, but not this small. If anyone can think of a way to make an edible menorah about an inch or two tall, holler.
Oh, and the incense atop the golden altar (two caramel cubes, stacked) was a chocolate chip, chocolate being one of the best smells in the world.
Making edible Jewish crafts is a fun and tasty way to enrich a lesson.
More to come, including a forthcoming book.