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Crafts for Rosh Hashanah

By Edited Aug 29, 2015 0 0

Crafts for Rosh Hashanah make studying the about the Jewish New Year more fun and meaningful, particularly for young children. Every September, Hebrew school teachers and preschool teachers need to begin the year studying the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah falls on the first of the Jewish month of Tishrei. On the Gregorian calendar that we follow, Rosh Hashanah falls anywhere between early September and early October.

Crafts for Rosh Hashanah

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It is traditional that Jews eat sweet foods, such as apples dipped in honey, to welcome the new year. Crafts for Rosh Hashanah using this concept are easy to prepare and are a fun way to start the school year.

Apple Card Crafts

It is traditional to send Happy New Year cards for Rosh Hashanah. You can have your students make greeting cards different ways. For each card, use white cardstock. You can also precut apples from an Ellison Machine or make some from your own templates for younger children. Older children can trace the apple shapes themselves. Apple stickers are also a great item to add to the card.

Card #1


  • Apples sliced in half
  • Red, yellow and green paint
  • Markers or crayons
  • Paper plates
  • Smocks

Have the children dip the apple halves in paint and have them print a few on the front of the card. Depending on the age of the children, when the cards are dry, they can write "Happy New Year" and their name or simply sign their name and draw a picture.

Card #2

  • Materials
  • Shofar
  • Camera
  • Printer
  • Pre-cut apples in assorted colors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue

For this Rosh Hashanah card craft, you will need two weeks to do this unless you have access to a printer in school. Take a picture of the children holding the shofar (a rams horn blown on Rosh Hashanah during services) near their mouth. Print the pictures.

Have the children glue their picture to the front of the card along with the Jewish New Year date. Decorate the front with the precut apples.

Have the children decorate and sign the card inside.

Rosh Hashanah Card

Card #3


  • Red tissue paper cut into small pieces
  • Apple shape outlined on the front of the card
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue

First, have the children sign and decorate the inside of the card. Then have the children crumple the paper in their hands and glue into the apple shape until it is filled.

Card #4


  • Apple tracer
  • Glue
  • Red glitter
  • Markers or crayons

Have children write what they want on the inside. Have them trace an apple shape on the front of the card. Use wet glue to trace the shape and sprinkle with red glitter.

Rosh Hashanah Apple Plate

Apple Plate

This apple plate is quick and easy to make.


  • White foam plates
  • Apples cut from the Ellison machine
  • Glue
  • Plastic wrap

Put the child's name on the back of the plate. Have them glue the precut apples onto the plate. When dry, cover with plastic wrap so it can be used to serve apples for Rosh Hashanah.

Shofar Craft

During the Rosh Hashanah service, a ram's horn, or shofar, is blown. In ancient times, the shofar was blown to announce a new month. Children can make their own shofars!


  • Brown paper bags cut into the shape of a shofar (two pieces) You can also cut up white paper bags if you'd prefer
  • Small pieces of newspaper for stuffing or polyfiberfill if your budget permits
  • Crayons or markers
  • Jewish letter stickers (optional)
  • String or yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hole puncher

Give the children the two shofar pieces and have them color one side of each piece. With the hot glue gun, glue two sides down and leave an opening. Have children stuff the shofar and hot glue the remaining open part. With the hole puncher, punch a hole at the top and run a string through it. Tie a knot so the children can hang it around their neck.

Apple Print Challah Cover

The challah served on Rosh Hashanah is not the long braided one served during the rest of the year. It is round in shape. You can have your students make a special challah cover as a Rosh Hashanah craft.


  • Circular piece of muslin with a 8-9 inch circumference
  • Permanent Sharpie markers in assorted colors
  • Apple Slices
  • Red, green and yellow paint

Write the child's name and the secular and Jewish New Year on the cover. You may also want to write "L'shana Tovah" or "Happy New Year" on it. Have them make apples prints on the cover by dipping the apple into the paint. Let the challah cover dry and send it home.

Honey Jar Craft

Rosh Hashanah Honey Jar

Make this keepsake to store honey on the dinner table. You may need to start saving jars over the spring and summer and let others know that you will be needing. Baby food jars make this craft just the right size for small fingers!


  • Glass jars
  • Tissue paper in different colors cut into squares
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam applicators
  • Have children paint Mod Podge on the jar and place tissue paper on it. Coat with more Mod Podge. Let dry. If used for honey, make sure it is just for show.

Tashlich Pouch

Tashlich at Turle Rock

On the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, it is traditional to go to a river and throw bread crumbs into it. We say prayers of forgiveness for what we have done wrong and we begin fresh in the new year. This craft can be made different ways, depending on the age of the child. Tashlich bags are good for carrying pieces of bread that we take to the river.

Tashlich Bag #1


  • Small canvas bags purchased at the craft store
  • Apple stampers, Judaic stampers and ink pads in assorted colors
  • Permanent markers

Write each child's name on the bag. They can stamp the bag with stampers.

Tashlich Bag #2


  • Small white paper bags (lunch bags or bags with handles)
  • Markers, stampers, stickers or crayons
  • Each child can decorate his or her bag with the materials provided.

Doing these Rosh Hashanah crafts with your class is a sweet way to begin the New Year.

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