Counting the Omer with Children

Counting the Omer with ChildrenThe counting of the omer is the forty-nine-day period between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot. Each day is traditionally counted out loud during synagogue services. On the 33rd day of counting, the holiday of Lag B'Omer is celebrated.
 

When counting the omer some people will think about character traits like kindness, chesed, honesty, and strength.

So, what are some good ways to count the omer with children?

Build With Legos

Lego Omer Counter
image via Bible Belt Balabusta
 

Kids and grownups love building with legos, so why not make a few omer counters together with these tutorials from Bible Belt Balabusta. Happy building!

Scratch Off Days

Scratch Off Calendar
image via Land of Honey blog
 

You can laminate a calendar page and use white board markers to cross off the days, or you can create an easy, interactive, scratch off calendar like this one from Land of Honey. You can also make a Candy Calendar full of special treats.

Tear a Paper Chain

Paper Chain

Making a paper chain with glue sticks, construction paper, or old wrapping paper, is a fantastic way to keep little hands busy and work those fine motor skills. Hang your chain somewhere prominent and tear off one link for each day that you're counting.

Use Envelopes and Clothes Pins

Clothes Pins and Envelopes
image via Chai and Home
 

Inside each envelope place a question or meditation for the day. Need some ideas? Visit RitualWell.org for a guide you can adapt for your family.

Does your family count the omer together? Do you have a bonfire or barbecue on Lag B'Omer? Share photos of your family's special celebrations with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, using #pjlibrary.

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