Purim is a special holiday during February or March. It marks the day during the time of Esther when the Jewish people were delivered from wicked Haman's plot to kill them.
Traditionally, it is common for children to dress up and act out the story of Esther. When Haman's name is mentioned the children will rattle noise makers, known as Groggers, to drown out the sound of his name. Special treats are also baked and served. One such treat is known as
Hamantashen or Haman's Hats, because they are supposedly shaped like the hat that Haman wore. These yummy pastries are triangular in shape with the three sides of pastry folding over the filling. The following recipe is simplified here for use in children's ministry.
What You Need: Crescent dough and a filling such as: flavored cream cheese, chocolate/hazelnut fudge, or jam. (Traditional fillings are prune or poppy seed.)
What You Do: Separate the crescent dough so that each child has a triangle of dough. Spoon a teaspoon full of filling into the center and overlap the three sides. Pinch the sides closed. Bake according to package directions.
While the Hamantashen are baking, tell the story of Esther. Whenever Haman's name is mentioned, have the children yell out, "Boo...hiss...yuk!"
Copyright 2003 Sarah A. Keith
Learn more about Queen Esther in our Queen Esther Bible skits or in Super Heroes of the Bible.