Couldn’t resist one more LEGO Purim post this year.
oznei haman (hamantaschen) for the minifigs
In black, with no filling, it’s the Easy Haman Hat of last week’s post. In brown, with filling, it’s a Hamantasch Hat. I mentioned the Hamantaschen variation at the very end of my Easy Haman Hat how-to, and by golly, a couple days later, one intrepid reader told me she’d made a few for her kids. Oh, how I love to hear about someone who has tried something and had fun doing it.
So now, I’ve decided the Hamantasch Hat deserves it’s own post. Continue reading
polymer clay Hamantaschen
For kids old enough to resist eating clay, you can duplicate the PlayDo Hamantaschen-Folding Practice on a mini scale with polymer or air-dry clay. I vote for polymer as the best choice: you use a tiny amount (which means it is cheap and easy to manipulate), you can pull the colors apart for do-overs, and the smoothy, firm nature of the clay is very forgiving in clumsy little hands. Continue reading
It’s hard to make a triangle from a circle. It’s hard for little kids and for lots of older ones, too. And, even if a kid manages it one year, it’s a long time from one Purim to the next.
To transform a flat circle into a filled triangle requires skill and patience, and the last thing I want is for my bakers to have a perfectionist freak-out. So, I like to program a bit of Hamantaschen-folding Practice at Purim classes and parties, even with kids who think they are too old for PlayDo. No one is too old for PlayDo, not ever. Continue reading
Model Magic Hamantasch: mohn flavor
Who doesn’t love to play with Model Magic? Squidgy, lightweight, irresistible. Expensive, too, but I find it on sale and buy the big packs of white. It’s ever so much fun to color blobs of it as needed, just by poking at it with a washable marker and kneading until the new color is smooth.
adding color with a marker
Model Magic comes to the rescue of my art classes, with whom I will not have time to bake the really-real hamantaschen, even my slacker version. This is a bummer for me, and I suspect for the kids, too, as most do not get the chance to bake at home. But, one 25-minute class is time enough to go through the right motions and still end up with cute fridge / locker magnets destined to mystify non-Jewish friends.
Model Magic Hamantaschen:
Give each kid a white chunk the size of a golf ball, and let them poke blobs of brown marker all over it. Show them how to knead the color until blended. Kneading this stuff is sensorial heaven: foamy, smooth, never sticky. Continue reading
I like to think I’m picky about projects. They have to involve irresistible materials or a smidge of kitsch or flat-out, hands-on educative potential.
melted CD mini-Mishloach Manot bowl
In contrast, I present the CD Mishloach Manot. I wasted a few hours of my life on this one. Yep, I flatlined on these suckers and now I pass the tacky torch to someone, anyone else.
The idea seemed good at the time. I have a teetering stack of old CDs and DVDs, see, and even though “the disc is dead,” my stack continues to grow. What if I could transform trash into Jewy treasure? What if I could melt unwanted CDs just enough to coax them into ersatz hamantaschen that could hold actual hamantaschen? Wouldn’t they be the cutest little recycled Mishloach Manot?
Melting cds is not recycling. It is simply delaying the date at which the cd will end up in the landfill. Continue reading
There is no substitute for slow food, and for making slow food slowly with kids. Yada, yada, yada all the practical life experience and developmental skills: fine motor, following directions, reading, math, geometry, sequencing,
vocabulary, etc. etc. Make it Jewish holiday slow food and you’ve got a content-rich, unforgettable Jewish education lesson plan.
Like Hamantaschen. There is a world of slow Hamantaschen recipes out there: the soft, the crunchy, Continue reading
Edible Pretzel Basket for Purim
Of course the contents of a Purim Mishloach Manot basket are edible. But what if the actual basket was, too?
A Homeshuling post about kid-crafted Mishloach Manot containers that are eco-friendly, cheap and reasonably attractive utterly derailed my work schedule today. I stopped everything to try the idea I posted as a suggestion, to make an edible basket from pretzel dough. Continue reading
tot-made. I love the blob in the foreground.
Happy Purim, everyone. If you’ve waited until the last minute to think about costumes, see my emergency kid costume ideas at JewishEveryday com. White paper plates and even a lunch sack can become a crown in seconds, and a bathrobe or towel can be royal garb and cape. If your kid is young enough, this is good enough. If your kid is old enough to use the word “lame,” this is not good enough. Continue reading
Hamantaschen happen. And they start right about now.
If you are not a huge fan, you have not tried enough recipes. They vary.
I am extremely picky about hamantaschen, and have long championed a single type.
This has not lessened my curiosity and appreciation of the hamantasch as an art form, however. Below, I outline the major categories responsible for the infinite variety:
• Texture: soft vs. crunchy (or as I see it, cake-y vs. cookie-y).
• Fat: solid vs. liquid (butter, margarine, and the dreaded Crisco vs. oil, oil, oil).
• Leavening: yes or no (baking powder, soda or yeast vs. zero).
• Filling: traditional vs. whimsical
(the kind I like vs. the kind I put up with for the sake of wider participation).
• Taste: my mother-in-law’s vs. everyone else’s (icky vs. divine).
My mother-in-law’s recipe is unlike any I have seen or tasted. The secret is two-fold: grated carrots and Continue reading