Purim is a special holiday during February or March. It marks
the day during the time of Esther when the Jewish people were
delivered from wicked Haman's plot to kill them.
Traditionally, children will dress up and act out the story
of Esther. When
Haman's name is mentioned the children will rattle noise makers,
known as Groggers, to drown out the sound of his name.
Special treats are also baked and served. One such treat is known as
Hamantashen or Haman's Hats, because they are supposedly
shaped like the hat that Haman wore. These yummy pastries are triangular in
shape with the three sides of pastry folding over the filling. The following recipe is
simplified here for use in children's ministry.
What You Need: Crescent dough and a filling such as:
flavored cream cheese, chocolate/hazelnut fudge, or jam. (Traditional fillings
are prune or poppy seed.)
What You Do: Separate the crescent dough so that each child has
a triangle of dough. Spoon a teaspoon full of filling into the
center and overlap the three sides. Pinch the sides closed. Bake
according to package directions.
While the Hamantashen are baking tell the story of Esther. Whenever
Haman's name is mentioned, have the children yell out,
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