“Wash” Mistakes Away Rosh Hashanah Craft

Sometimes things we do make us wish we could just wash our mistakes away. While we may not be able to do that literally, tashlich, which translates to “casting off,” is a ceremony performed on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah wherein Jews symbolically cast off the sins of the previous year by tossing pebbles or bread crumbs into flowing water.

This craft is another way we can approach the Jewish value of forgiveness by looking at our own mistakes, atone to others and ourselves, and move forward.

Shanah Tovah -- Happy New Year! Here’s to fresh starts.

This Activity Works With These Books:


  • Washable markers
  • Large coffee filters


  • Use the washable markers to draw pictures on the coffee filters of things that you are sorry for and don’t want to repeat in the new year.
  • As you draw, reflect on these mistakes and resolve to do better.
  • Take the filters to the sink or bathtub, place them in the water, and watch the mistakes wash away.


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