Here’s a quick list of links to my earlier posts for Tu B’Shevat. New ones coming soon…
Eat a Fruit, Plant the Seeds: So easy. Cut open a fruit with your kid. Eat it, plant the seed. Of course, I mention a few Jewish-y choices of trees, but the important take-away is that THIS is where trees come from. Can’t get more thematic.
How (and Why) to Let Kids Plant Tu B’Shevat Parsley. Detailed how-tos here. I’ve a method that works without compromising hands-on learning or enthusiasm. Find out why the go-to Tu B’Shevat planting activity is not about planting trees…
Candy Tu B’Shevat: so I can get yet more hate mail about how I contribute to childhood obesity. Look y’all, this is a fun activity meant to supplement all the nature-y, nutritionally sound activities you’ve already programmed, and which your children have enjoyed and internalized and are therefore now chock full o’ Tu B’Shevat goodness. This is what you do when little Max has his tree fruit, his Tu B’Shevat seder steps and his four Kabbalistic levels of creation as per types of fruit down cold. Try the candy version with older kids. Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers, if properly trained, need a break. Find a version of the article at Kveller, here.
Edible Bowl of Tree Fruit: I go all-out thematic with the tree fruits. The project can be as simple or as elaborate as time and inclination allow. I throw in some botany and Rabbincs, too. Do forgive the lack of photography skills.
THE PINECONE BIRD FEEDER. Oh, how I love this project. On any level, it works. Three posts:
• Why We Give Gifts to the Bird on Tu B’Shevat: the Pinecone birdfeeder, yes, but with Rabbinics! Biology! Soy Butter!
• Tu B’Shevat Birdfeeder Materials List (Annotations for the Over-Keen), in which I talk of cones and twine and allergies.
• Mini version of the pinecone birdfeeder for Playmobil or other dolls… If you have an Eastern Hemlock tree in your neighborhood, you’ve got perfect American Girl pine cones. Or G.I. Joe or Spiderman or Barbie or whatever. A bit big for LEGO minifigs, but if your kid doesn’t demand 100% fidelity to scale, go for it.