Here’s a fun way to help kids remember, courtesy of Emily Shapiro Katz of ParshaProjects and Challah Crumbs. It’s basically a cut-out spiral in a paper plate, and I happened to have some lovely, snakily festive paper plates left over from my mother’s birthday supper on Sunday.
Both kids were fascinated that it still lies flat, like a plate, then “jumps up” like a real snake. They’re a bit into snakes already because we’ve been reading Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (25 cent library clearance) and they also saw the movie last week.
The snake above is Naomi Rivka’s. I drew the spiral, she cut it out. I drew the head outline; she filled it in and cut that out, too. I did the hole-punching, attached the ribbons, and hung them from the ceiling where they can slowly spin in the breeze from the front door (mine has ripped a couple of times already!).
Our G-dcast video this week is also snake-themed. Not necessarily for kids, though; their open-mouthed fiery snakes might be a bit scary (my kids watched it; nothing scares them!). The dvar Torah itself is interesting, though; well worth watching for the slightly more mature crowd.
Easy, rewarding craft – and somewhat biodegradable, too!