DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Purim Gragger Ideas
When the Purim story ("Meglliah") is read, everyone boos and
shakes their graggers whenever Haman's name is mentioned. Use one of
the ideas below to make your own gragger.
SHAKER type gragger - youngest children
- margarine container, small yogurt container or similar plastic container
- dried beans, sand, rocks (these are a lot of fun to collect outside!) or
something like that
- stickers, paint, markers, construction paper, etc to decorate
- Decorate outside of container as desired.
- You can cut out shapes from construction paper or paint it or glue on
white paper and color with markers.
- Add stickers for extra fun!
- Fill about 1/4 or less of the way full of dried beans (or similar
- Put a bit of glue around the edge of the lid and put it on tightly.
- You can put a thick rubber band over it to ensure the lid stays on tight
if the kids don't want to wait for the glue to dry.
- Shake your gragger
TAMBORINE type gragger - kindergarten
- two paper plates
- hole punch and string/wool OR stapler
- dried beans, sand, rocks or something like that
- Optional: stickers, paint, markers, construction paper, etc to
- Decorate outside of paper plates as desired.
- one idea is to draw an angry face for Haman on one side and a
happy face for Esther on the other
- or paint your plates (at age 2, Kaitlyn couldn't get
enough paper plate painting -- she begged to do it every
day. I finally ran out of ways to use the plates so just
started piling the painted creations in the craft room for future
use. Five years later I still haven't used them all!)
- Fill one plate about 1/4 or less of the way full of dried beans (or
- Put the other plate over the first and punch holes all the way
around the plates. Lace the plates together (tightly) with
string or wool.
- staple the plates together. Even if you are going to let the
kids lace the plates, you may want to put three staples in to hold it
together as they're working on lacing.
- Shake your tamborine!