Tu B’Shvat Is Here: Resources for Educators and Parents

 Posted by on January 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm  1 Response »  Tagged with:  Categories:
Jan 162014
 
Share Button

 By: Deborah Fishman

Today’s holiday of Tu B’Shvat is the New Year of the Trees. It is also a terrific opportunity to teach children about caring for Israel and for the earth – all while enjoying some delicious dried fruit and nut snacks.

Here is a roundup of some interesting resources available online to teach about and celebrate the holiday. Some activities are appropriate for school and others for home celebrations for the entire family:

Activities & Seder Guides

Interactive & Multi-Media

  • Jewish Interactive offers the app iThankYou, which teaches gratitude through the prayer Modeh Ani, Tu B’Shvat, and Shivat Haminim (Seven Species of Israel).
  • Shalom Sesame features resources including this video clip in which Sesame muppets plant trees and this clip on children showing respect for nature in Israel – as well as this educators’ guide to Tu B’Shvat.
  • G-dCast produced an animated version of the Talmudic story of Honi the Circle Maker.
  • Israeli (and other tree-related) songs are available on YouTube, such as this version of the classic “Hashkediya Porachat” (“The Almond Tree is Blooming”).

How are you celebrating Tu B’Shvat in your school and community?

 

  • Judy Alexander

    Your links in this section are not working: halom Sesame features resources including this video clip in which Sesame muppets plant trees and this clip on children showing respect for nature in Israel – as well as this educators’ guide to Tu B’Shvat.