Felt material in bright colors such as green, yellow, pink, blue
Needle and thread (thread to match color of felt used)
What You Do:
Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrated in spring to commemorate the story of how Jews escaped slavery from a pharaoh in ancient Egypt. Passover dinner sometimes includes colorful macaroons for dessert.
Help her measure two 4-inch circles on one color of felt with a colored pencil.
Next, have her draw two smaller circles, two inches in diameter each.
Have her use scissors to cut out all two circles from the felt.
With one of the 4-inch circles, have her use the needle and thread to sew a running stitch around the outside of the circle. As she gets to the end of the circle, she should pull the thread tight, which will make the circle become a pocket-like shape.
Now have her stuff some batting into the pocket.
Repeat steps #5 and 6 with the other 4-inch circle.
Next, she can layer the “macaroon” with two stuffed circles as the top and bottom, and the smaller 2-inch circles as the middle of the macaroon. Have her do more stitches around the circles, this time sewing all four together to be attached.
She may wish to make more than one macaroon in various bright colors. A plate of these pretty “treats” adds to tea party fun or Passover feast décor. Just don’t eat one by mistake!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.