Did you know that Purim, the celebration of Esther’s bravery, is coming up on February 23rd? The timing couldn’t be more perfect at our church. We’ve been going through The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People by Zondervan. This week’s lesson was about Esther and next week we’ll celebrate Purim together!
What is Purim?
Purim is a joyful holiday which celebrates the salvation of the Jews from the wicked Haman, through the leadership of Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai. During Purim, Jewish people might dress in costume and pass out treats to neighbors. They also gather the hear the book of Esther read aloud. While the Scripture passage is being read, children will boo or use graggers (noise-makers) whenever the name “Haman” is mentioned. Hamantaschen, a baked treat is also prepared. Read more about hamantaschen here.
Recently, we picked up a book entitled, The Better-Than-Best Purim. While the book doesn’t share any of the history of Purim, it does show an old lady and her animal friends preparing some Hamantaschen. We decided to give the recipe at the end of the book at try (stay tuned for the full tutorial tomorrow!).
Here’s a few more ways you can celebrate Purim with your kids!
Make A Gragger (sometimes called Grogger)
Watch This Intro Video from What’s in the Bible
Sing a Fun Esther Song!
Dress Up! Act it Out!
Act out the story, complete with characters and costumes! I’m sure your kids would love to dress up in character, but if you want to try something a little less intense, you could go the stick puppet route.
- This family put together a rather elaborate Purim play, complete with painted backdrops! Grab the entire script here and make it a real family production!
- Here’s the same script, but in a PDF version from Practical Pages Blog
Image from Oriental Trading
Google around to find a crown template or make your own out of construction paper. You can also grab some foam crowns from Oriental Trading for a very reasonable price. I picked up some for my 3 year old daughter’s princess theme birthday party along with some self-adhesive jewels and it was a big hit!