Monday, August 15, 2011

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Activities and Printables

I am really excited to be getting my Montessori teachers certification through NAMC. It is so enjoyable, I actually look forward to studying:)

Here are a bunch of Montessori activities I have put together for my munchkins for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. At the end of the post is a link to all the printables you see in the photos. Feel free to download and print any of them you wish for your sweeties.

Apple sorting by color, red, green and yellow

Apple fraction magnets puzzles- red, green and yellow, whole, half and quarters

Creating hexagons with popcycle sticks to create a beehive (done on the floor)
using a picture of an actual beehive with bee's as a frame of reference

Sifting yellow sand and black rice into a glass jar, pouring the sand into empty bowl once all the yellow sand is sifted
(yellow and black, color of a bee)

Simple cutting exercise, either solid paper or squares with lines and various Jewish pictures

Dress and create people for Yom Kippur in white

Simple coloring pages, printed from

Thumb tacks on a picture, great for fine motor

Hebrew movable alphabet, using just the beginning sound of different miniature objects pertaining to RH and YK

Hebrew movable alphabet, spelling out the names of different miniature objects pertaining to RH and YK

Rosh Hashanah word and picture matching cards

Hebrew word and picture match

Simple hole punching on squares with various Jewish pictures on each pertaining to RH or YK

Pouring Yellow and Black rice through a funnel, alternating to create a bee in in a glass jar

Beginning Hebrew sound match with magnets on a cookie sheet

Number match with small pegs (good for sensory as well as counting)

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur sensory bin
a bee making 'honey'
apples, shofar
wine for kiddish
a fish in 'water' for tashlich
2 rams with horns for the kids to see clearly where a shofar is from
chicken and rooster for tashlich
gold coins for tzedaka
a lady with a siddur davening
shiny hearts scattered around indicating Ahavas Yisroel
and its all on a bed of clear glass stones

Create your own crown ('The King is in the field' and we crown Hashem King)

Pomegranate seed match- each match has a dot of the same color on the back for the child to use as control of error
(to make sure they did it correctly)

apple sorting using tongs

Using the tongs, dip a sponge in any color water, let it soak,
place in the garlic crusher and squeeze out water into any section of the empty round tray.
Can mix colors to create other colors

Here is the Link to all the Printables.
It is ONE pdf file, but you can pick and choose what you wish to print.

Hope this comes in useful and is helpful!


  1. In response to some questions and comments:

    Carin wrote: "
    These are great! Can you tell me what tune you sing the song about friends making amends to?"

    Its from an Uncle Moishy CD- I think the one on Holiday songs...

    Melanie wrote:
    "Here's another multi -sensory idea to consider: it's easy to make a visual representation of the different calls of the shofar. If you download the sounds from the internet, you could do an activity where the child selects the correct pattern for the sound that they hear. If you'd like, I'd be happy to prepare this and share it with others.
    Of course, it would be great to have a real shofar, but small plastic ones are available as well.
    Apple stamping and pomegranate stamping are fun to do as well."

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Very cool! Nothing better than finding fun ways to teach our kids about great traditions and things that really matter in life.

  3. this looks great!!!! thanks for sharing :)

  4. These are so amazing! Thank you for sharing with us. L'Shanah Tovah!

  5. What a wonderful resource! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Do you have a template for the Yom Kippur dolls? Also, where did you get all the miniature Judaica pieces?

    1. The "Yom Kippur" dolls I got here: and the Miniature Judaica pieces I got here:

  7. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful resources. When I try to download them however, the picture quality is very poor and looks nothing like your wonderful pictures. Is this a problem on my end?

    1. Hi there, I'm not sure why it is not coming out properly... Email me at Jewishmontessori18 AT and I can possibly send you the PDF of what you are looking for!

  8. Thank you for doing this. Amazing!

  9. Jewish Mommy In IsraelSeptember 3, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Wow, thanks so much!
    I'm going to print some of these for my children to play with when I daven on Rosh Hashana. You'll have a part in my tefilos! Shana Tova!

  10. Thank you so much!! There is so many grate ideas!! Shana Tova to you and all your family!

  11. love your post so much! where can i order the little toy apples for sorting?


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