PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families


 

As communities seek to lower the impact of COVID-19, many families are spending a lot of time at home with their kids. One great way to pass time with your little ones is to read PJ Library books! Here are other ideas for ways to stay busy and have fun at home.

For guidance in talking with your children about quarantines and pandemics, visit our page on How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Situations.

High Holidays At Home

family enjoying a pretend campout in the living room

Many of us are about to face our first High Holidays observed entirely at home. But fear not — PJ Library has created a free everything-you-need family guide. Not only is the guide itself beautiful, but it’s got enough holiday info, easy-to-learn prayers, songs, and fun activities to create a beautiful, memorable celebration of your own.

PJ Library's High Holidays Guide

For more High Holidays resources, check out the links below:

The 2020 Quick Guide to Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Explaining Tashlich to Kids

Host a Virtual Dinner For The High Holidays

Help Kids Create Resolutions For The New Year

Apples And Honey Playlist

For Babies and Toddlers

5 Super Easy No-Prep Toddler Activities

Creating a Simple Bedtime Routine for Babies & Toddlers

Listen to the Sleepy Bedtime Playlist

5 Rosh Hashanah Stories to Read with Your Preschooler

Books That Help Children Understand Forgiveness

Family Together Time

Read a story together. Browse all PJ Library books about Rosh Hashanah and stories about Yom Kippur

Put together a honey taste-test to sample

Check out PJ Library Listen for hours of free audio content for the whole family.

Listen to our podcast: Have I Got a Story for You! 

Create Resolutions As A Family

Listen to our animated PJ Library books playlist

Arts & Crafts

little boys climbing on their mama while doing arts and crafts

"Letting Go" Collage Tashlich Activity

Make Apple Cards for Rosh Hashanah

Printable Rosh Hashanah Cards

Wash Away Mistakes Craft 

Unplugged Time

A Mitzvah A Day (From Home) Chart

9 Fun and Easy Ideas for a Shabbat Family Game Night

15 Unplugged Ideas for Shabbat

Unplugged Activities for Quiet Weekends/Shabbat

Kids in the Kitchen

Brother and sister enjoying ice cream cones together

Bake Ethiopian Honey Bread

Kid-Friendly Recipes for the High Holidays

6 Rosh Hashanah Recipes Kids Will Love

Apples and Honey Cookie Pops

Caramelized Onion and Butternut Squash Dip

Harvest Veggie Rollup

Sticky Honey Chicken Drumsticks

How To Braid A Round Challah

Hands-on Activities from Favorite PJ Library Books:

Twin sisters enjoy a snack while reading a PJ Library book

Build an Indoor Tunnel

Create a Kindness Wheel

Mark Your Steps Into The New Year

Make a Tzedakah Box

For Parents

8 Books To Reach For When Kids Ask About God

Different Families, Different Rules: Tips For Talking to Your Kids

Sample Daily Schedule for Families at Home

More Resources from Our Partners

Visit the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) for an ongoing ticker of Jewish coronavirus news.

My Jewish Learning has guides to traditional prayers that may be particularly useful at this time, including the Prayer for Healing, the Prayer for Hand-Washing, the Prayer for Travelers, and the Prayer for Doctors

Kveller has published helpful advice and personal essays about coronavirus, including life under quarantine, building community during this stressful time, and a profile of the teen who started the best coronavirus website.

 
 

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