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3 Cool Ways to Explore Nature Together SAMPLE

  1.Nature Walk No matter what the setting—urban, suburban, or rural—you can always find a bit of nature to enjoy. If you live close to your grandchild, take a walk—in the park or in your own backyard. Pick up a rock, a stick, a flower,...

Create a Bezalel Door Sign

Make a beautiful sign for your door – Bezalel style! The chalutzim (early Israeli pioneers) believed that Israel should have a national art style that reflected the diversity of Jewish immigrants to the land. The style, “Bezalel,” named after the biblical figure Bezalel ben Uri,…

Teshuvah Secret Handshake

Make up a secret handshake for the High Holidays.  The Hebrew word teshuvah is built on the Hebrew root letters that mean “returning.” Teshuvah means you get a second chance. Try this secret handshake to say “I’m sorry” or to give someone a second chance….

Fruit Fusion

People from every continent come to Israel to find freedom and better lives—and because it’s the Jewish homeland. Each group brings with it different customs from the old country that form a fusion of ideas and cultures in the shared land. Mix together these fruits…

Talking Keepsakes

Do you have keepsakes that tell the stories of different family members throughout the generations; for example, a needlepoint or an old siddur, photos, home movies, or group texts with photos and videos? If those keepsakes could talk, what kind of stories would they tell?…

Recycle Roundup Game

Play this fun recycling game HERE to explore the Jewish value of bal tashchit—do not destroy. Jewish law prohibits wasteful consumption and needless destruction. When we protect the environment, we become shomrei adamah—keepers of the earth.

Sandcastle Secrets

Have you ever built a sandcastle that got washed away by a wave? How did you feel when you saw it fall? What secrets can we learn from a sandcastle? This story, reprinted from the book When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough, serves as a…

Make a Family Portrait with Hanoch Piven

The remarkable Israeli artist, Hanoch Piven, guides you and your family to create family portraits from objects found in and around your house: bottle tops, buttons, stickers, old small toys, combs, hairpins, feathers, old computer parts, leaves, branches, and pebbles from the garden. There are...

Jewish Family Journey Mad Libs

From the wise men of Chelm to the marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the Jewish people have always been able to reflect on the Jewish experience with laughter. We are pleased to present these Jewish Family Journey Mad Libs as a way for grandparents and family members…

Create Your Own Family Cookbook

Looking to make a family cookbook?  Click HERE. A bit about our own family background: Bubbie Ida Paperny, Ron’s maternal grandmother, lived in the kitchen. She also loved in the kitchen. She loved when her four daughters helped her cook up a huge family Shabbat…

A Palace in Time

How can we make the Sabbath a “palace in time” for our families?  Filmmaker and author Tiffany Shlain has a proposal.  Watch her video HERE. "Sabbath has a flavor of Paradise about it." Talmud, Berakhot “The seventh day is like a palace in time with...

Tell Family Stories Your Way!

Sharing your family stories links past generations with future ones. Here are four options to record and save your family stories.   1. Pop-up Stories: The Jewish Grandparents Network invites grandparents and other family members to share brief family stories on the “Pop Up Stories” page…

Tips for Telling Great Family Stories

We all have wonderful and meaningful family stories to tell. Susan Stone, a gifted professional storyteller, shares her secrets for bringing family stories to life. We learn from the research of Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush that knowing family stories enhances children’s emotional well-being. Watch...

Zayde’s Hugs and Bubbie’s Cookies

In this brief video, Ron Wolfson, renowned author, Jewish educator, and member of the Jewish Grandparents Network Board of Directors, shares memories of his Zayde and Bubbie. Ron’s charming family stories can be found in his lovely book, The Best Boy in the United States...

Tastiest Summer Recipes

What does summer taste like? For lifestyle blogger and food historian Tori Avey, it’s that juicy bite into a perfectly grilled burger accompanied by a fragrant lemon pasta salad. Enjoy, play, savor old traditions and invent some new ones, she says. Sprout milky mustaches from...

Plant-able Paper Making & Seed Balls

Let’s help children understand how nature provides the tools they use every day—in this case, paper. In this friendly video, Elan Margulies, the gifted Director of Pushing the Envelope Farm, guides family members in making colorful hand-made paper from recycled paper and natural materials. Bonus:...

3 Cool Ways to Explore Nature Together

Mindfulness is about being fully present, fully awake to where we are and what we are doing. If we can model mindfulness for our grandchildren in our encounters with nature, we will have given them the gift of a lifetime. Nature in Your Hands No…

Reading Nooks

Any activity that strengthens the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren instills the Jewish value of chaveirut. Through our interactions, we teach our grandchildren how to interact with others, be kind (chesed), share, take turns, and have fun together. Reading together is a wonderful way to…

100 Best Jewish Children’s Books…And How to Read Them to Children

There is great joy in reading to our grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other young family members. But what books should we choose? And how can we make the reading experience more enjoyable and meaningful for both the listener and the reader? The Jewish Grandparents Network…

Reading with Your Grandchildren

Do you remember reading to your children? When you were a child, do you remember an adult reading to you? Probably you do. Cozying up with a good book and sharing that experience with someone you love is a feeling we long remember. But reading…

Celebrating Our Natural Wonders

The Torah teaches, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the…

Memorial Day: Living the Values

Observing Memorial Day with your grandchildren can be both meaningful and fun. Memorial Day Mitzvah Zikaron—“remembrance”— is an important part of our Jewish tradition. We remember the miracle of the oil when we celebrate Hannukah. On Passover, we remember we were slaves in Egypt and…

Sing and Dance with the Jewish Museum

Enjoy a diverse range of music on the Museum’s YouTube channel inspired by Jewish holidays, nature, works of art, social justice, and more. Gather instruments at home—from a box of macaroni to a tambourine—and dance and sing together. While listening to the performances, have paper...

Spring into Creativity with the Jewish Museum

Get creative together! With your grandchild, choose your own adventure from the art activities below and try them together in person or virtually. Take your materials outside on a warmer day and create an outdoor studio. Examine striking paintings, sculpture, Judaica, and media in the…

Puppet It Up

Save those holey old socks—they’re great for making simple puppets; old gloves and mittens will also work. It doesn’t matter whether the eyes are symmetrical or the nose is missing. You can make the puppets ahead of time or make them with your grandchild. Decorate…

Miriam’s Dance Party

Art plays an important role in Judaism. Artisans are mentioned in the Torah in relation to making beautiful textiles and ritual objects of precious stones and metals for the Tabernacle and Temple. Today, intricate silver ritual items, such as Kiddush cups, Shabbat candlesticks, and hanukkiyot…

Folk Art: Micrography

Micrography is a centuries-old Jewish art form using tiny written words to make decorative pictures. A highly skilled micrography artist might write the entire biblical book of Jonah in the shape of a whale or the book of Esther in the shape of a crown. …

Why Sharing Family Stories is Good for Your Grandchildren

“And you shall tell your child…”                      —Exodus 13:8 There is a compelling reason to share our family stories. In the 1990s, Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush, psychologists at Emory University, sought to test the hypothesis…

Cooking with Your Grandchildren

Cut strawberries with your grandchild and they are likely to alternate between placing one in the bowl and one in their mouth. Crack an egg together and you’ll probably get shell in the batter. Hand your grandchild a whisk and together try to keep the…

The Meaning of Celebrations and Holidays

Celebrations and holidays mark our lives with flashing indicators: These are the big ideas that matter to us, these are the people with whom we want to explore and experience them, and these are the rituals we use to give them meaning. When we put…

Explore, Bond, Create: The Power of Art

“Art has the role in education of helping children become themselves instead of more like everyone else,” notes early-childhood educator and author Sydney Gurewitz Clemens.  For kids, a meaningful art experience is immersive. Whether the medium is Play-Doh, watercolors or fabric, anyone who has spent…

“What’s the Question?” Tips for a great conversation

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Stronger, More Resilient Children Through Family Stories

How can grandparents and parents help our children weather life’s inevitable setbacks? It turns out that the single most important thing you can do may be the simplest of all: share your family stories. Listen to this brief audio recording of Dr. Marshall Duke discussing…

UM Test

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