The Five Books of Moses, also called the Pentateuch, are the foundations for the Jewish religion. The Torah means instruction, and is the fist three parts of the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible. Learning the Torah and the meanings behind a variety of scriptures is integral for any child growing up in the Jewish faith. However, the Torah can fail to captivate young children and so it is best to teach through activities and games about this holy book.
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Colouring pages are effective mediums for holding a child's attention and provide several subjects concerning the Torah. Gather children around a table and provide them with the colouring pages. While they are colouring, explain what the images mean of the pages you have handed out and what they are in relation to the Torah.
Crafts captivate children, and allow them to create and learn at the same time. Provide them with a variety of materials in different colours for each project so they can add their own twist to the crafts. Create a felt Torah using felt squares, styrofoam balls and wool string or a Torah Flag out of cardboard.
Kids love getting messy and cooking is a great way to do just that. Baking shapes that represent the Torah or words found within it is a fun way for children to learn both symbols and words, and then eat them after. Create sweet chocolate cookies, rolled in to the shapes and letters, or salty, savoury crackers. If you are unable to bake them with the children, create them and then bring them in to a class for the children to munch on while you teach about the Torah.
Teaching kids songs about the Torah allows them to remember facts about the holy book through melody. "Torah Torah" is one of the most well-known songs about the holy book, sung by children and adults alike. The Torah Medley is also a great song to teach children, for it teaches them three songs in one - the Sisu V'simchu, Ma Yisron, and Torah Tziva.
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