Getting ready for Purim is a huge deal. You have to figure out what costume each kid will wear, keeping in mind that they will change their minds seventy-three times before Purim day actually comes. Then there is the who, what and when of the Purim seuda (meal), and of course, the mishloach manot packages that are lovingly delivered in a frenzy of buckling and unbuckling four kids in the van seventy-three times over the course of not more than two hours (we hope).
This year my boys wanted to make their own little mishloach manot bags for their friends. Adorable, you say. Oh, they're growing up so fast. And you're right. It is and they are. In an effort to keep costs down this year and still make bags for all the kids in their classes (and this totals 32 kids, by the way), we have opted to go the way of the brown paper bag.
I find paper bags, especially the small lunch sized ones, to be fascinating. There are just so many uses for these bags, besides for the obvious use of just holding things. Paper bags make great puppets, they make cute little crowns when cut and colored properly, they help your bananas ripen faster, the kids can make wrapping paper out of them, and my personal favorite, learned from my eighth grade science teacher, Mrs. Pincus, paper bags can and should be used as book covers. She even taught us how to do it. She was a creative one, that Mrs. Pincus. And an interesting one too. One afternoon, she walked into her science class and proceeded to unbutton her blouse (while dancing, I might add) to reveal a flesh-colored t-shirt underneath, adorned (silk-screened?) with a photo of the inside of a human chest - heart, lungs, intestines, the whole deal. Fun times, that eighth grade science class.
Anyhow, so we have decided to take the brown bag route this year. The boys decided that they wanted to decorate the bags, so we got out the colored paper, scissors and glue. I cut out different pieces, like eyes, smiles, hair, bowties, and those ruffle collar things that clowns wear. It was the perfect rainy-Sunday-morning activity, until the kids decided that they were done and there were still about twenty naked paper bags. Don't get me wrong, it was still the perfect rainy-Sunday-morning activity, except now it was the perfect rainy-Sunday-morning activity for me. But once I got myself into a groove, I was able to glue the pieces onto five bags at a time by lining them up and going down the row with the glue stick and the little papers, and I was done in no time.
And now, two days before Purim, these little bags have been packed* and closed up and are sitting on the picnic table in the porch, looking like a little paper bag army. These little guys are seriously cute and my boys, also seriously cute, are so super excited to deliver their mishloach manot to all their preschool buddies. Now I just have to finish up the rest of the mishloach manot and we'll be good to go. Purim, here we come.
*So what to put into the goodie bags for the kids' friends? Whatever's on sale, that's what. So we packed juice boxes (10 for $2), mini fruit by the foots (feet?) (2 boxes for $4, and a 50cent coupon that was doubled!), chocolate bars (8 for a buck), and the most fun, playdough lollipop cookies. We made them. And they look like playdough. But I can't say more because then I will have nothing to report tomorrow. Oh, and fellow preschool mommies, if your kid is getting one of these bags, please don't show him this, my boys really want their bags to be a surprise.
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your shirt is dirty :)