Make a giant papier mâché apple of hope this Rosh Hashanah, and fill it with messages telling of your hopes for the New Year.
What You'll Need:
Bowl, paper towels
Green construction paper
To make the apple, blow up a large, round balloon. Fasten the end with a rubber band. Tear newspaper into strips that are 1 to 2 inches wide. Soak the strips in liquid starch for ten minutes.
Then paste the strips onto the balloon until the whole balloon is covered. Let paper dry. Add three more layers of newspaper strips -- letting each layer dry before adding the next. Each time you add a layer, change the direction of the strips to make your apple strong.
Soak 1- to 2-inch strips of paper towels in the liquid starch, and add two layers of these strips to form more of an apple shape. Cut a 1-3/4-inch piece of stiff cardboard for the stem. Wrap starched newspaper strips around it. Let your apple and stem dry for a few days.
Release the rubber band, and the balloon inside will lose its air. Then draw a line all around the top third of the apple. Cut along this line. Cut a hole in the top half that is a little smaller than the stem you made.
Wedge the stem in the hole so that it forms a tight seal and can be used as a handle. Paint the stem brown and the apple a rosy red color. You could even glue on some green construction paper leaves. Paint the inside of your apple white.
Have family and friends write messages telling their hopes for the New Year, and put them inside the apple. Take turns reading the messages aloud at the Rosh Hashanah Seder.
Rosh Hashanah is a great time to get in touch with your friends and relatives. Next, you'll learn how to make some neat honey cards you can send out for the holiday.