What better way to decorate your Sukkah than with homemade crafts by your kiddos?! All of these crafts could be completed by children alone, but adult supervision when using scissors is encouraged!
Make a collage
All your child will need for this is a piece of construction paper (any color), some leaves or green sprigs from the backyard (whatever they can find!), 3 popsicle sticks, some glue, crayons, and a magazine or some pictures printed from the internet, depending on their interests. The idea is to recreate the sukkah in collage form.
- Have your children create the house by gluing down the popsicle sticks; two sticks for the walls and one for the ceiling.
- Let them glue down the greenery they collected wherever they like on the paper.
- Now they can draw their family inside, or using magazines or printouts from the internet, they can have anybody (real or imagined) in the world in their sukkah!
- Their creativity is the only limit, and they can make more than one if they really get into it!
Make a light catcher
All your children will need for this is a sheet of yellow construction paper, a piece of yellow tissue paper, scissors, glue, and yarn. They could also add glitter for extra sparkle.
- Have your children fold the construction paper in half and cut off the edges so that it forms a circle when it’s unfolded. Then cut any designs into the middle of the construction paper that they want, everyone’s light catcher is unique! (This is a little like a paper snowflake, if that gives your children any ideas)
- Add glitter if desired. Wait for the construction paper to dry.
- Pick a side of the light catcher to be the “back side” and have your children glue the yellow tissue paper there so that the holes they created in step one are covered by tissue. Let the glue dry.
- Have them cut a small hole at the “top” of their light catcher (whatever that may be!) and thread the yarn through the hole, loop it around and tie the other ends in a knot.
- Let them hang their light catcher where it can catch a lot of light!
Make a bird feeder
This craft requires a kitchen knife, kitchen scissors, an orange, yarn, and some birdseed.
- Using as much adult supervision or intervention as your child needs, use the kitchen knife to cut the orange in half and scoop out the middle, leaving the peel in the shape of two bowls.
- Use kitchen scissors or the end of the kitchen knife to insert four holes into the sides of each of the orange peel bowls, equidistant apart (at 12, 3, 6, and 9 if they were clocks).
- Using scissors, cut the yarn into 4 pieces, about two feet long each.
- Insert the yarn through one of the holes in one of the orange peel bowls, pull it out through the opposite side, then repeat with another piece of yarn and the other two holes. It should form an ‘X’ of yarn in the middle of the orange peel bowl.
- Repeat with the other half of the orange peel.
- For each of your orange peel bowls, gather the ends of the yarn together and tie them in a knot. Carefully spoon birdseed into each half, then hang them from the sturdiest branches around. Be sure to keep an eye out for hungry birds once the feeders are up!