Today we made the cave that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai lived in and learned Torah.
We took a small cardboard box and I cut an opening in the front. Cutie then mixed green and red to make a brown like color and Munchkin helped him paint it. They then collected small rocks and piled them on top of the box, since we were talking about how the cave he was in was made of rocks.
For the water we filled a small cup with water and added some blue paint and some rocks and we made a tree from real bark and leaves. They also added some real grass in front of the cave.
Cutie then got 2 “menchies” and made them a table out of a rock and a Torah that they were learning. It was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and Rabbi Elazar learning together. He played with it for quite a well and really got a nice understanding of the story.
We also had a large box that the kids made into their own cave and pretended to be Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and Eliyahu Hanavi learning together.
I got this PDF file from www.chinuch.org and made it into a story/coloring book for Cutie.
We printed out the pages and put them in a binder. We then started reading the story and as we got to each picture, would color it, paint it, glue cotton balls on the sheep and just do different things with the different pictures. Cutie loved how he made his own book and loves to look at it and have me read it to him since he made his own book.
A definite success and future project- making our own books!
Heres the file, enjoy!
Today we went into the backyard in search of twigs and branches to make our own bow and arrow. We found a strong enough branch and tied a rubber band to both ends then took a twig and made a slit at the end to use as an arrow- and it worked out pretty well! Cutie was really excited with his little creation and while practicing how to use it we talked about how the Jews would study Torah in the forest during the time that they were not allowed to and when they heard the Romans coming, they would quickly pick up their bows and arrows and pretend to be hunting.
We then went on to actually pretend that Cutie was a Jew learning Torah at his table and mommy was a Roman soldier… Cutie would start singing “Torah Tziva” and all of a sudden I would say, “The Romans are coming!” and he would quickly take out his bow and arrow and start playing with it. It was fun and I think he really got a great understanding of what the situation was in those times.
Theres a few exciting things coming up to learn about and I am slowly figuring out what fun activities we are going to do to learn about the following things:
Sefirat HaOmer: We have already made a Har Sinai that we are using to count down the days until Matan Torah. I do want to do some more with him in regards to that- will figure out what…
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: I want to make a bow and arrow with Cutie to show him how when the Romans ruled Eretz Yisrael, they did not let the Jews learn Torah, and so the Jews would pretend to build campfires and hunt with bows and arrows so the Romans wouldnt see them learning Torah.
Also, to make a cave with a tree outside and a stream next to it, to show that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and his son lived in a cave and ate from the tree and drank from the stream.
Rabbi Akiva: Will discuss how young Akiva didnt know Alef Beis or to daven from a Siddur. He then married Rochel and lived in a small home. She encouraged him to go learn Torah and he did, for 12 years. He learned day and night and became a Talmud Chacham. He came home and heard his wife say that he should learn another 12 years. Because of Rochel, Rabbi Akiva became a great sage with 100s of followers.
I think we will make a book of this sweet story with pictures to color and paint.
So by the time Lag B’Omer arrives, we will be all prepared!