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
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
"Letting Go" Collage Tashlich Activity
Make Apple Cards for Rosh Hashanah
Printable Rosh Hashanah Cards
Wash Away Mistakes Craft
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
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:
Build an Indoor Tunnel
Create a Kindness Wheel
Mark Your Steps Into The New Year
Make a Tzedakah Box
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.
PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books around the world to families of all levels of Jewish observance or knowledge. The program is inspiring new generations to explore Jewish values, traditions, and culture through storybooks. Perfect for kids from birth through 12 years. Sign up the kids in your life today.