Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot

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By Jenni TavenerEarly Years teacher and writer

Fun activities to try with your children that are inspired by Jewish festivals celebrating the harvest and many wonders of the world

Man praying overlooking the ocean at sunset


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1. Wonderful world

Make a ‘discussion collage’ showing wonderful creations to celebrate the festival of Rosh Hashanah

Communication, Language and Literacy

Language for Communication

Development matters: Understand simple sentences (16–26 months); Use a widening range of words to express or elaborate on ideas (30–50 months).

Early learning goal: Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language, and readily turn to it in their play and learning.

Group size: Small groups.

What you need

Discs of card or paper plates; glue; scissors; magazines, photographs or postcards showing images of the natural world, for example, sea, land, mountains, rivers, birds, animals, insects and people.

What to do

Discuss the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah with the children and explain that it celebrates the creation of the world.

  • Look at images of wonderful places from around the world and discuss the beautiful places, colourful creatures and amazing plants they show.
  • Invite children to bring in a selection of pictures or photographs showing their favourite places, pets, people or flowers.
  • Share the pictures and ask children to explain which images are their favourites and why.
  • Provide each child with a large disc of card or paper plate to represent the world. Invite them to decorate the disc using a collage of their favourite pictures showing wonderful sights from their community and around the world.
  • Display the collages on the wall to prompt inspiring discussions about the wonders of the world.

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  1. Wendy Mason
    on 17 September 2011

    Wonderful ideas!

    I was so pleased to receive these ideas for celebrating the jewish festivals. We have got a little girl in our setting that is Jewish, and these activities will be a perfect way for us to celebrate with her. Thank you!

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