There are many ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah this year, however, some of the themes of the season may be abstract to younger children. So with this many parents are searching for ways to involve their kids in their observance. Some of the activities should be fun, creative, and leave long-lasting family memories.
One of the traditions of Rosh Hashanah is to eat apples and honey, this is to symbolize a sweet new year. Since Rosh Hashanah normally falls in between early September and late October, this is a great time for apple picking. This year maybe try to take your kids to a pick-your-own apple orchard instead of getting them from the grocery store this year. You can show your kids where apples really come from.
A honey tasting is a perfect treat after a day spent at an apple orchard picking apples. There are different types of honey available. This is because bees get nectar from different varieties of flowers, causing the honey to have a different taste. It is important that the color of the honey is visible, as honey can range from light golden all the way to nearly black. One at a time, taste each honey, while detecting the subtle earthiness, fruitiness, bitterness, and sweetness in each taste of a different varietal.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, therefore it is a great time to send some cards to friends and family. When it comes to writing things in their cards, your kids can talk about some of their adventures during the summer, possibly the trip to the farmer’s market or the apple orchard.
Rosh Hashanah it is traditional to eat challah bread, but not the regular breaded variety, the bread should be round (because the year is a circle), round bread is also easier to make at home with children. Make sure to make extra dough, so you can have the younger children kneed it, pull it, and create their own shapes.
Fall is a great time of the year to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. Take advantage of the weather and try to head to the closest forest, reservation, or park. Have a slow walk with your kids and try to spot, animals, insects, flowers and plants with them. Ask your kids to find some of their favorite plants, trees, flowers, insects along the way. This is the perfect time to talk to your kids about nature and the different cycles of the year, this will keep them engaged and turn your walk into an adventure.
It is a tradition at Rosh Hashanah to focus on spreading kindness through your actions and resolve to continue your practice throughout the world. As a family, you can volunteer at your local food bank, help to collect canned goods, collect old clothes to donate, and lastly look for change throughout your house to put in the tzedakah box and give what you find to a charity. Spending time with friends and relatives who may be lonely during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
It is always best to set a good example for your children's during the holidays, you will also be helping to create family traditions that will help to create memories that will last a lifetime.