Tu B'Shevat Activity

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Updated on Apr 11, 2014

Tu B'Shevat is a minor Jewish holiday during which the "new year" for trees is celebrated. It coincides with the time when the earliest-blooming trees in Israel being to awaken from their winter slumber and start a new cycle of preparing to bear fruit. Your child can celebrate Tu B'Shevat by creating a pot for planting spices, parsley, or any other small seedling plant.

What You Need:

  • Small terra cotta pot
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Small pebbles
  • Soil
  • Seeds, or seedlings

What You Do:

  1. Discuss with your child what Tu B'Shevat is about. Ask him if he has any trees he enjoys seeing bloom. Inquire what types of fruits he likes to eat.
  2. Have him paint a tree or bloom on the terra cotta pot using acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  3. Ask him to place a small amount of pebbles in the pot, covering the bottom.
  4. Fill the pot with soil.
  5. Have him dig a small hole with his finger and plant seeds, or a seedling.
  6. Lightly water the soil and place the pot in a warm window with plenty of sunlight. Water the plant as the soil starts to dry.

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