Fall is here, though if you're on the East Coast like me, you're probably rethinking the fact that you didn't start teaching Winter yet :) One thing that I love to do for each major theme is set up a photo station where I can take a cute photograph of each child and mail them in a card that the kids make for "Season's Greetings". Here's what I did for the Fall- Most nurseries have the hay bales available for sale pretty inexpensively- these smaller ones cost me $6 a piece! Plus, they had the corn stalks that you see in the background lying around, and the owner gave them to me for free. The Indian corn is from the nursery as well, though some boutique style grocery stores will carry that, as well as the pumpkins and squash.
So Sukkos has just passed and while the pictures are still fresh on my computer, I'd love to share them and the process of creating a fun floppy Lulav with you. Please see the end of this post for photos illustrating the more complicating steps and the finished product.
You will need:
1 green poster board
1 yellow poster board
10-15 popsicle sticks
green do-a-dot markers
lighter green construction paper
1. Cut 4 or more 1 1/2" strips of the green poster board. You may do these vertically or horizontally, depending on how tall you would like your lulav to stand. Trim the tips of one side of the strips, so that they are pointed at the center.
2. lay one strip flat and glue popsicle sticks side by side (as though you were laying bricks) to reinforce the lulav, as nobody wants a lulav that is too loopy to hold upright!
3. Add glue to the exposed sides of the sticks and press a second lulav strip to the glue. This will be the center of your lulav.
4. When dry, add your remaining lulav strips to either side of the center. Cut off a 6" piece of masking tape and wrap around all lulav strips approximately 2 inches from the bottom. This is your first "lulav ring". Add 1 or more lulav rings progressively moving upward until you are happy with your lulav.
5. Cut 2 vertical strips from the yellow poster board, also 1 1/2" wide, and then cut them in half again so that you have 4 equal strips. These will be your hadasim. You may get rid of one of the strips as we teach that there are typically 3 hadasim. Use the do-a-dot markers to dot hadasim in clusters of 3 or just all over the strips.
6. Cut one 1 1/2" vertical strip from the green poster board. Fold it in half and cut it so that you have 2 equal strips. These will be your aravos. Take the light green construction paper and cut long thin leaves to resemble aravos. Glue them to the 2 green strips.
7. You are ready to assemble your lulav! Place the hadasim on one side of the lulav, fanning them slightly, and the aravos on the other side. Cut pieces of masking tape to wrap around the ensemble. creating more rings until the lulav is appropriately secure.
Give it a few test shakes!