Builds ShushanGetting into the mood for Purim continues in Gan Tziporim!  Besides donning costumes and acting out the story themselves, the children worked on building the Palace in Shushan.  They used their wooden blocks, construction paper (turrets), and mini-figures (King Ahasuerus, Queen Esther, Mordechai, and Haman) to recreate the story as they understand it.  We are providing the children with the opportunities to retell the Megillah via a variety of mediums so that they fully understand the characters, plot, and theme.  It will come alive for them and be fully integrated and experienced.

Groggers are certainly an important part of Purim, especially for children.  They can get loud and noisy with total approval by their grown-ups.  Groggers can make different sounds.  We wanted the children to have the freedom to choose the sound, container, and decorations of their preference. We put out several containers of different sizes, shapes and materials for the children to choose for their grogger.  We also wanted to offer the children a choice of the sound they wished their grogger to make when shaken.  We discussed the idea of sounds and how when different instruments are played they evoke a different kind of sound – bells, cymbals, maracas.  The children brought over the instruments that were on display and played them.  Then they tested out the variety of beans, beads, and rice available, to see how they sounded when shaken in a container.  They chose the combination of  “noisemakers” that they liked and filled their containers with them.  The next step will be the adornments they choose for the outside of their groggers.

A new letter was introduced by the goat puppet.  Several children guessed that the goat was introducing the letter “Gg”.  They formed the “Gg” using the wooden curves and lines that are part of the Handwriting Without Tears program – first a large curve and then two small lines.  Then they went on to trace the G and color the picture of yet another “Gg” word, grasshopper.