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Tu B'shvat Seder for Young Children -1

by Lookstein Staff for The Lookstein Center


Introduction
The seder should be part of a larger Tu B’shvat unit that may involve talking about the uses of trees, planting seeds, discussing birthdays, etc. It can be used for 3 to 5 year old children. The seder can be led by one teacher or several can divide up the roles.


Lesson Objectives
Children will be able to:

Explain that Tu B'shvat is the birthday of the trees.
Explain that trees grow a variety of fruit.
Give examples of ways trees help us.
Explain that it is good to help others.



Terms (Musagim)

Tu B'shvat

 


Resources and Equipment needed
apple/banana cake shaped like a tree
candles
matches
variety of fresh and dried fruit
plates
cups
knives for cutting fruit
platters
paper
markers
grape juice
photos of demonstrating use of trees (i.e. fruit, wood, shade, etc.)
photos or poster of seven species/sheva minim
“Honi's Circle of Trees” by Phillis Gershator
TV & VCR with video “Trees for Tomorrow and Tomorrow” (optional)


Procedure

All sing “Hine Ma Tov” Teacher’s welcome. Winter in USA but in Israel spring. Raining has stopped, trees are budding. If we were in Israel, we might plant a tree. All sing “What do they do in Israel” Oh, what do they do in Israel On the holiday of Tu B'Shevat? Oh, they dig and they dig And they plant and they plant On the holiday of Tu B'Shevat. Teacher explains it is the trees’ birthday. Light candles on cake. Sing Happy birthday and blow out the candles. Teacher talks about varieties of fruit. Display various fruits on platter and explain how each is constructed differently: seeds inside, seeds outside, big seeds, tiny seeds, hard skins, soft skins. Teacher: what do trees give us? Encourage children to respond. Allow 5 or 6 responses. With each response show an appropriate photo or draw a picture. Pour grape juice into small cups and hand out. Lead bracha: ברוך אתה יי אליהנו מלך העולם, בורא פרי הגפן. Baruch ata Adonai elohaynu melech ha'olam boray pri ha'gafen. Praised are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. Children drink. Teachers collect cups and bring plate of fruit and small piece of cake to each child. Say bracha for the cake: ברוך אתה יי אליהנו מלך העולם, בורא מיני מזונות. Baruch ata Adonai elohaynu melech ha'olam boray meenay mezonote. Praised are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates different kinds of nourishment. Say bracha for fruit: ברוך אתה יי אליהנו מלך העולם, בורא פרי העץ. Baruch ata Adonai elohaynu melech ha'olam boray pri ha'eytz. Praised are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the tree. Children eat. All sing version of “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” There was a hole in the middle of the ground The prettiest hole that you ever did see. Well, the hole in the ground And the green grass grew all around and around And the green grass grew all around. And in this hole there was a seed The prettiest seed that you ever did see Well the seed in the hole And the hole in the ground And the green grass grew all around and around And the green grass grew all around. And from this seed there grew a tree The prettiest tree that you ever did see Well the tree from the seed And the seed in the hole And the hole in the ground And the green grass grew all around and around And the green grass grew all around. And on this tree there was a branch... The prettiest branch that you ever did see Well the branch on the tree And the tree from the seed And the seed in the hole And the hole in the ground And the green grass grew all around and around And the green grass grew all around. And on this branch there was a nest... The prettiest nest that you ever did see Well the nest on the branch And the branch on the tree And the tree from the seed And the seed in the hole And the hole in the ground And the green grass grew all around and around And the green grass grew all around. And on this branch there was a bird... The prettiest bird that you ever did see Well the bird on the branch And the branch in the tree And the tree from the seed And the seed in the hole And the hole in the ground And the green grass grew all around and around And the green grass grew all around. Display photos or poster of the sheva minim (Seven Species): wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegrantates, olives and dates. If children have some of these fruits on their plates, point them out. After the children finish eating, gather what is left over on plates into bucket for composting. Explain how it will help plants grow. Focus on theme of helping trees and plants for the future. Bridge to the story of Honi Ha-Ma’agel. Read “Honi’s Circle of Trees” by Phillis Gershaator (Jewish Publication Society, 1995). View film “Trees for Tomorrow and Tomorrow” (13 minutes, 1987). Using life-sized puppets and arhyming script, the film retells stories of Honi Hamaagel, the Rainmaker, who plants a carob tree so later generations can benefit. Other Tu B’shvat songs: This is the Way This is the way we dig the ground, Dig the ground, dig the ground, This is the way we dig the ground, And help the garden grow. This is the way we plant the seeds, Plant the seeds, plant the seeds, This is the way we plant the seeds, And watch for flowers to grow. And, if we plant together the seeds of Care and understanding, They can grow into a tree of love. You dig a Hole (Hokey Pokey tune) You dig a hole right here, You put a seed in here, You put the dirt back in and you pack it to the ground. You give it lots of sunshine and you water it with rain, Tu B' Shvat is for the trees. Hashkediya Hashkediya porachat V'shemesh paz zorachat; Tziporim merosh kol gag, M'vasrot et bo hechag. Tu bishevat higiya Chag ha'ilanot (2x) The almond tree is growing, A golden sun is glowing; Birds sing out in joyous glee From every roof and every tree. Tu Bishevat is here, The Jewish Arbor Day Hail the trees' New Year, Happy holiday Eretz zavat chalav Eretz zavat chalav, chalav u-d'vash Eretz zavat chalav, chalav u-d'vash Eretz zavat chalav, zavat chalav u-d'vash Eretz zavat chalav, zavat chalav u-d'vash. A land flowing with milk and honey. A land flowing with milk and honey. A land flowing with milk and honey. A land flowing with milk and honey.

 

 

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