DIY Arts and Crafts Projects

Enjoy our do-it-yourself Jewish craft and cooking videos for kids of all ages!

Camels in Chayei Sarah: Torah Craft for Kids

Are you a Jewish educator or parent looking for fun ways to engage kids in the weekly Torah portion? Our video brings Chayei Sarah to life in a DIY craft project all about the parsha’s key character: the camel. Learn alongside Beer Sheva-based educator, Emily Shapiro Katz as she guides you step-by-step while integrating Torah study, Hebrew language and Israel education. This simple craft project is easy enough that you could lead it at home or at school, with young kids or older kids.

Supplies you’ll need:
– paint or markers
– construction and printer paper
– camel print-out (like this one)
– glue stick
– scissors
– gems, pom poms and stickers

To find more about Emily’s work, check out her blog, Yetzira.

Make Your Own Tzit Tzit

Learn to tie your very own tzit tzit in this step-by-step DIY tutorial video featuring Jewish arts educator Emma Jaszczak.

Tzit Tzits (tseet-tseet or TSIT-sis) are strings or tassels tied to each of the corners of a Jewish prayer shawl or tallit. They are widely considered a reminder to think of G-d at all times. Watch our easy-to-follow video to learn how to tie your own tzit tzit.

When you buy a tallit from a Judaica store, the tzit tzits are usually knotted according to a specific pattern from Sephardi, Askenazi or Mizrahi tradition. They fulfill the following commandments in Numbers 37 in the Torah:

“Speak to the Israelite people and instruct them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments through the ages; let them attach a cord of blue to the fringe at each corner. That shall be your fringe; look at it and recall all the commandments of G-d and observe them….”

For more examples of tzit tzit typing:
Ashkenazi
Sephardic
Yemenite

DIY Jewish Paper Cutting: A Fun Craft Project for Kids 6+

Snip away at shiny origami paper to make beautiful paper “roses” to hang up for Shavuot or any time of year!  Follow this easy tutorial led by Berkeley artist Claire Sherman! This project is great for kids ages 6 and up and may require adult supervision due to the use of scissors.

Make Your Own Mezuzah in Just 30 Minutes

Learn how to make fun clay mezuzot with Berkeley artist Claire Sherman!  A great 30-minute activity to do with any kids 3 years old and up, a mezuzah to decorate your doorpost for years to come!

Crafting Time: Teach Your Kids about Giving

The best way to teach children about tzedakah – or justice, fairness and giving – is to make it a habit at home. Here is a way to combine recycling old stuff around the house with forming a giving habit. Tips for parents from a Jewish preschool teacher!

 

DIY Jewish Slime video

Jewish Slime? WHY NOT?! Let’s make the best internet meme ever kosher! Join us for a ridiculous, yet informatively satisfying, tutorial on how to make your own kiddush slime. Note: do not actually consume kiddush slime.
Plus, check out Parshat Metzorah for real Torah slime! (Well, close, anyway!)

Make Your Own Hamsa

Carve out lovely designs in paper with an exacto knife in this DIY Jewish paper cutting tutorial! We’ll make a hamsa – a popular symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa – together with Berkeley artist Claire Sherman as she demonstrates carving.

Support for these resources was generously provided through a PJ Library Alliance Spark Engagement grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

These resources have been made possible through the generous support of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah

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