Pack These Camp Goodies for a Deeper Jewish Connection
Camp is all about independence, fun, and connection. Rainy days and rest hour offer opportunities to deepen your campers' connections to their Jewish identities. Tuck some coloring books, activity books, or playing cards into their trunks and duffels for some added fun during those down times.
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For a moment of mindfulness, choose one of the titles from our Shalom Coloring series. Young artists can choose to color Jewish designs, Bible mandalas, or animals of the Bible — or they can pack all three! Regardless of artistic ability, these coloring books offer several pages of guided coloring practice. Even the most inexperienced of artists can complete a beautiful piece of art worthy of admiration.
Looking for something a little different? Try Oy Vey! A Yiddish Coloring Book? Each image is paired with a Yiddish word, its translation, and a funny joke to share with fellow camp-goers. You'll be kvelling at all the Yiddish your young learners have picked up! Note: While not meant specifically for children, many will enjoy this title.
Kosher Crosswords includes 68 puzzles of all difficulty level, plus tips from the author about how to solve crosswords. The beginner and easy puzzles are appropriate for middle schoolers on up. Don't worry about getting stuck — there's an answer key in the back available.
Older campers preparing for Bar or Bat Mitzvah can bring along Make This Journal: My Bar/Mat Mitzvah Year. Preparing for the big day can be exciting, busy, joyous, and sometimes even stressful. They can find some peace on their journey with this interactive journal. Prompts ask them to write your biggest fears, fill pages with pictures and words about why they love being Jewish, fill a page with happy thoughts, and more.
For pre-teens and teens, pack a deck of Jewish Values Challenge Playing Cards. Young learners will become familiar with 58 Jewish values as they play their way through 13 different games. These cards not only encourage fun while learning, they aid in:
- • Team building
- • Skills development
- • Social justice programs
- • Mitzvah project development
Don't worry about the summer slide when it comes to Hebrew. With Shuffle It in Hebrew Playing Cards, students can brush up on their Hebrew while playing quick-to-learn card games, such as Concentration, Concentrate, and Hit the Hay! Shuffle It in Hebrew will refresh vocabulary in four key areas:
- • The Family at Home
- • In the Classroom
- • Shabbat and Holidays
- • The World
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