While we are not Jewish, we find that Purim is a cause for Christians to celebrate too! Providentially, God chose Jesus Christ to be born through the Jewish line. The prophets foretold of a coming Savior but as time passed an enemy of the Jews rose up. Haman’s plot, if successful, would have killed all of the Jews. If that happened, how would we have Jesus Christ our Savior?!! God was working behind the scenes and the Jewish people were saved! It’s a cause for celebration because we Christians are saved by Jesus and have been grafted onto the Cultivated Olive Tree!
I baked some Hamentaschen cookies ahead of time. These are so delicious and you can click here for the recipe I used. Hamaentaschen is a Yiddish word for “Haman’s Hat”. Eating these cookies symbolizes Haman’s defeat!
|One of the mothers read “The Story of Queen Esther”|
The children booed and stomped when Haman’s name was read.
|We did four lanes. These are the names I chose:|
1) King’s Lane; 2) Hamentaschen Lane; 3) Queen’s Lane; 4) Palace Lane
|Toss for the prize you want!|
- The kids formed a single file line (littlest ones went first).
- They could stand on any of the four sides at any time.
- Preschool kids could stand at the first line (made by tape) to toss their pennies. The older kids had to stand at the second line (made by tape) to toss their pennies.
- We had one child go at a time so that it’d be easy to keep track of whose penny landed where.
- One prize per child.
- Each child had six pennies to toss. *Sometimes more than one circle ended up with a penny in it! If this happened, they could choose only one item from among them for their prize.
- The child whose turn is finished picks up the pennies and hands them to the next child in line.