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Feb 19

Preparing for Purim!

This week the children in Shalom Chaverim were busy, busy, busy exploring all the sights, sounds and symbols of Purim!

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In the sensory table, we searched (and buried, and uncovered again and again) photos of children around the world celebrating Purim. As we play, we are noticing things that are the same across the celebrations– we notice the fancy costumes, the shape of the hamantaschen.

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After observing other people’s costumes, we set to work making our own, creating colorful and fantastical masks. We are building fine motor strength and coordination as we create our own arrangements of paint, marker and stickers on our animal masks.

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After we made our masks, of course, we have to try them on!

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We are exploring how it feels to put on a mask and pretend to be someone else– a kitten, a rabbit, a silly face!

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After reading about the story of Purim together, we set to work creating our own gorgers (noisemakers) to drown out Haman’s name!

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As we pick out the objects to put inside, we are exploring the different properties of objects– noticing that pom moms make a quiet sound when dropped in, and then pasta makes a loud sound.

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We are exploring costumes together too– we are almost ready for Purim!
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