A fun lift-the-flap way to celebrate Tu B’Shvat!
Tu B’Shvat always seemed misunderstood to me. Why eat dried Turkish apricots to celebrate the New Year of the trees? Intrinsically, Tu B’Shvat is the start of the new year for counting trumot and maasrot that were taken as tithes from fruit in the time of the Beit HaMikdash. Once the Jews were exiled from Israel, they would remember the day by eating the fruit of Israel. But in those days, the only way to send Israeli fruit far distances was by first drying them. Hence the minhag of eating bukzer (hard, hard, dried carob) on Tu B’Shvat.
Being that the holiday tradition stems from remembering Israel. I thought it would be fun to combine a little Hebrew learning with the fruit. Really I should have stuck with the Shivat HaMinim but 2 of 3 (pomegranate and grapes) are not bad. I added the orange for color variety. You can do any combination of fruit that works for you. If you don’t know the Hebrew word for that fruit, google translate is your friend!
Looking for more Tu B’Shavt projects?
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Lift-the-Flap Fruit Bowl for Tu B’Shvat
Active: 15 minutes
Drying: 15 minutes+
Cut out the shapes of a bowl and some fruit. Place it on the page to be sure there is room for a flap to open.
Fold a small portion of each fruit and glue that seam down. Under the flap, write the name of the fruit in Hebrew and English. Let kids who know their letters do the writing!
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