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You can create the base for these Rosh Hashana cards by folding a piece of construction in half to form a card. To create an apple print, cut an apple in half and poke a hole through the round side of one of the halves. Help your child carefully dip the apple into a puddle of paint and show her how to press it onto the card to make an apple print. Encourage her to make several more apple prints both on the inside and the outside of the card. (You will need to let the paint dry on the inside of the card before painting the outside.) After the paint dries, write “Shana Tova" (Good Year) on the front of the card, and sign the names of all of your family members on the inside of the card.
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Trace the shape of a shofar on a piece of construction paper. Then stack several pieces of construction paper of different colors together and cut out the shofar with a sharp pair of scissors. You should be left with a number of different colored shofars. Fold a piece of construction paper in half and show your child how to glue the shofars onto the card. Write “Happy Rosh Hashanah" on the front of the card, and sign your child’s name on the inside.
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A month or two before Rosh Hashanah, go on a nature walk with your child and collect different types of wildflowers, along with some interesting grasses. Press them by placing them between two layers of wax paper and stacking a book on top of the upper layer. A few weeks later, remove the dried flowers and help your child glue them onto the front of a construction paper card. Write “May your new year be filled with growth and happiness" on the card, and sign your child’s name.
These Judaic crafts are the perfect way to keep your kids entertained during the weeks before Rosh Hashanah, and your friends and family will love to receive the finished Rosh Hashanah cards.