Last week we talked about the end of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret. During this holiday we say a special prayer asking for rain in Israel. The summer is a very dry season for Israel and by this time rain is desperately needed. Seeing as how we have been getting an abundance of rain today we decided to have a little fun with it.
The children were each given a piece of construction paper and asked to draw anything Sukkot. Children drew a variety of items that related to the holiday. Then we went outside and held our papers in the rain to see what would happen. One problem…It had actually stopped raining! All day long we had pounding rain, until the very moment the Keshet class needed it! We even did a rain dance and song in the hopes that it would start again. No luck! Thankfully we were able to improvise with the rainwater from the various puddles that surrounded us. The children saw what the water did to their illustrations and we even learned some new vocabulary to describe the outcome.
The effects of the water on the paper was not the main goal of this activity. Children learned the importance of rain and what can potentially happen if an area does not get enough of it. So on this Shemini Atzeret we will be thinking of Israel and praying that they get the rain they need.