We are getting ready to enter the biblical holiday of “Sukkot”. So where does the name come from? It derives from the word “sukkah” which in Hebrew means ‘booths’. According to the book of Leviticus, which is part of the Torah, God showed Moses how his people should celebrate this holiday: by living in huts made of branches for seven days. This is done to remember their freedom from Egypt which started their wandering in the wilderness: they had neither a land nor a fixed abode and lived in these temporary shelters.
As adults, we have a responsibility to explain this Holy Holiday to our children. Here are some learning opportunities that are fun. We have one for each day of Sukkot.
Day 1: Start off with this children’s video to introduce Sukkot.
Day 2: Coloring activity – print out these Sukkot themed coloring pages. This is a great way to inspire questions about the Holiday.
Day 3: Sesame street does a great job breaking down and explaining the biblical holidays for kids.
Day 4: Have your children make their own Sukkah. All you need is a cardboard box. Use colored paper, safety scissors and glue to have them make decorations. If this is too much, grab a smaller box and have them make a Sukkah doll house.
Day 5: G-D Cast finds a musically entertaining way of explaining this Holiday.
Days 6: Chabad has a great edible activities for the kids – “building a mini-sukkah !”
Day 7: This is a fun entertaining video about talking about what a Sukkah is and what it isn’t. A great recap for what they have learned this week.
Day 8: Read a story about Sukkot. This story, featured in Chabad, talks about how the various factions of Torah observant people honor Sukkot.
Sukkot In Far Away Communities
In engaging in these activities you will also become more knowledgeable in Sukkot. Remember, you don’t have to do them in this order, it is merely a recommendation. Bonding in these events with your children and grandchildren is such an honorable thing to do and a blessing.