Cynthia Flash of Flash Media Services shared these terrific ideas for Passover. Even though the day may have passed, there are some great ideas and activities here for those of us that know very little about the Jewish celebration.
FAMILY TRIVIA GAME, CREATED BY JULIE SCHOEMAN O’CONNOR CONTRIBUTED BY MARILYN SCHOEMAN
Creativity guru Marilyn Schoeman says this is a great time to bring all branches of the family together – virtually. Her niece, Julie Schoeman O’Connor, created a family trivia game that makes great entertainment and adds an extra spark to the get-together.
Julie emailed questions to everyone in advance, asking about various fun pieces of family history.
Later there’s a grand celebration with a virtual family reunion on ZOOM – when all the questions are answered. (Some have multiple answers depending on people’s roles in the situations.
Marilyn says there’s often a family member like Julie who remembers or keeps track of many family facts. Start the plans with them.
Play your own game. You might ask trivia questions about family trips, school memories, weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, pranks, holidays, etc. Start thinking about your family memories.
What are some trivia questions for your family?
THIS IS AN ESPECIALLY GOOD PROJECT FOR EASTER –
MY children really enjoyed planting story gardens at Easter and at Christmas. They are very easy and fun for any time of the year. Start with potting soil, an 8X13 or larger sheet cake pan, and fast growing seeds. If you provide the correct environmental conditions, marigold, cosmos, zinnia and dianthus seed will all sprout within one week.
Now if you have little kids, a cake pan, and planting soil, the chances of your providing the correct conditions are not great. Not great at all. Never mind. Show faith. Plant the seeds. Water them. Believe.
I imagine you don’t have seeds on hand, either, but you can order them online (Burpees.com) or at Bartells, the seed rack is right by the door, so you can buy them without getting close to anyone.
Then the children – and you too – should draw and create figures of the characters in the story, and put them in the dish garden. As the garden begins to grow they can move the figures around. This works especially well with continuing sagas like The Easter Story, or Little House on the Prairie – or Peter Rabbit.
An easy way to make the figures is to draw them on cardboard and fasten them to popsicle sticks. But nothing is easy these days. You’ll think of something.
It’s fun to see the little first sprouts come up – and something is sure to grow. Usually.
FAMILY SUN CATCHER
In these days when we can’t be together, this is an activity that reminds us all that we are family even when we aren’t together.
This is a fun project that can be spread over several days.
- Tissue paper, different colors
- Gloss Medium (for art projects)
- Elmer’s Glue will work
- Sturdy paint brushes
- Paper for patterns,
- Saran wrap – this is your work ground so tape down securely or everyone will whine.
Let the children tell the story – How many of us live together in this house?
Parents, Siblings, Pets? Draw patterns if you want. Everyone can make a tissue paper figure of themselves or some other member of the family who lives in our house. Cut out the figures and, using big brush and medium or Elmers generously to glue them together and give them translucence.
Add family members who don’t live with us but are still dear – grandparents, friends. Don’t be fussy about the shapes. Bumpy is fine. Add animal friends, if you want.
Finally,– who is in our family who doesn’t live on earth anymore? We invented this activity for my daughter Gina who was six when her Daddy died. These dear people can be represented in different ways – either as people of angels or flowers, or kites. Anything at all that reminds they’re not lost to us..
These figures are added to the sun catcher with a final layer of Gloss Medium. When it’s dry, Peel it off the saran. Easiest way is to loosen the suncatcher as you add layers, leaving at least enogh space to get a table knife between the sun catcher and the saran wrap. Loosen and lift until it’s free though if your creation is very stubborn, just cut down to figures and leave it. Hang it in the window to catch the sun and remind us of what a wonderful family we have.
This technique can be used to make all sorts of designs. The important thing is to periodically check to see that you have an open place between sun catcher and saran wrap so that you can lift it off without ruining your creative effort.
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