Tu B’Shvat Puppet Tree
Make a colorful puppet, a tree with the 7 minim for Tu B’Shvat.
Cut out of cardboard a tree, and the fruits. Color and glue them on the tree and attach a stick for a lively puppet. Great for small motor skills and perfect for a puppet show about the fruits and their brachas. When the puppet show is over, use it for a centerpiece on your Tu B’Shvat table.
Cardboard from the back of a cereal box or from a dry-cleaned skirt or an art/drawing pad.
Glue stick or white plastic glue (like Elmer’s)
Scissors, pencil and pen
Colored markers: green, red, brown, purple, yellow or beige
1 wide craft stick 6” (15cm) x ¾ (2cm) or tongue depressor or pencil per puppet.
2 wiggly eyes or 2 black and white circles or stickers per puppet
Draw on the cardboard the outline of a tree without the trunk and branches
6” (15cm) x 5” (13cm). Color green. Cut out.
Draw on the board or thick paper: wheat, barley, olives, dates, grapes, figs, pomegranate and an apple (the nose) and a banana (the mouth)
between ¾ “ (2cm) and 1 ¼ “ ( 3cm).
Outline with a pen, and then color. Cut out.
Glue on the eyes, nose and mouth. Glue on the 7 minim.
Glue the stick on from behind leaving a 3-inch handle.
Now you will have the 7-minim hanging from a happy tree.
Enlarge the 7 species into individual puppets. Glue on eyes, mouth and a nose and put on a lively puppet show. Enjoy the show!
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