DIY Tzedakah Box: Craft with your Kids and teach them about Giving

DIY Tzedakah Box: Craft with your Kids and teach them about Giving


Hi, I’m teacher Amanda, and today we’re going
to talk about two Jewish values that are really important in the classroom. One is bal tashchit, and it’s the idea that
we’re not wasting. The other idea we’re going to talk about is
tzedakah. I have a beautiful project here that actually
marries the two. We eat food everyday, tons of food, and what
happens to all of these containers? We, hopefully, put them in recycling, but
you could also take this opportunity to create your own tzedakah box for your child at home,
take a little bit out of recycling, and bring it back to the world. We have here just some plain containers that
we pulled out of recycling. A potato chip container, it’s very tall, you
can collect a lot of tzedakah in there. The important things I want us to think about
are helping your child do the craft project in a way that they’re going to take ownership
over it. It’s really going to feel like they created
it themselves. I’m going to take this plain cracker box,
we will simply cut a hole through this plain cardboard, and there we have it. A really simple tzedakah box. I don’t want my tzedakah box to say “crackers,”
I maybe would use some things for decorating, such as glue and tissue paper, stickers, and
paint. Everybody loves messy business. So today we’re just going to use a little
bit of paint. I’m going to work it around the box. So you can see this would take a couple of
layers, just to sort of get rid of the words and the advertising. What you can also do is on this wet paint
layer it with some tissue paper. You can see we now have a tzedakah box.

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