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2010-05-22

DIY Shofarot for Kids

The internet offers several ideas for making play shofarot for children. The first two use paper mache; one has a party noisemaker mouthpiece inserted to make a buzzing noise, and the second is just for looks (presumably with sound effects provided by the voice.

I like the third idea best as it actually allows kids to buzz their lips to make sound as they would with an actual shofar. With creativity, there are all sorts of tubes laying around that can be blown, including short lengths of pipe.

Still, I ask the question. Why not let a child blow on an actual shofar? Children as young as five learn quickly to blow a shofar. Horns are pretty durable things and can handle rough handling from a child. (Keep away from dogs, however, as they will think it is a chew toy.) 
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From Alpha Mom:

During Rosh Hashanah a Shofar, traditionally made from a hollowed out rams horn, is blown to awake and inspire.  The Shofar is such an important part of this holiday that sometimes Rosh Hashanah is called Yom Teruah, which means “day of the Shofar blast” in Hebrew.
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With a few supplies you can make your own Shofar horn. Gather 3 toilet paper rolls per horn, a party horn, masking tape, glue, paint brush, scissors and white and brown paint.
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Cut all they way across one roll lengthwise.
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Remove fringe or cardboard from the party horn so you are only left with the plastic noise maker.  Wrap the cut cardboard tube around the plastic noisemaker.
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Fasten cardboard to plastic noisemaker securely with masking tape.
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With the other two rolls fold the edge to make a pleat in the bottom side. You are  making the bottom small enough to fit inside another roll. This will give the Shofar a nice curve.
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Place the tubes inside each other.
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Paper mache the toilet paper rolls with long strips of paper and a mixture of equal parts water and glue (use can also use equal parts flour and water). If you want to forgo the mess, simply wrap the toilet paper rolls with masking tape.
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Allow the paper mache to dry completely. Paint with white paint. While white paint is still wet, sponge on some bits of brown and mix and smudge lightly to give the horn “realistic” color and dimension.
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Finished! Now you can listen to your Tokea (which literally means ‘blaster’ and is the name for person who blows the horn), celebrate.
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From: http://anna.xanga.com/711785219/item/

Note that the shofar plays a HUGE part in our celebration of this feast.  I have to admit something - we don't have a shofar.  And it's a really bad time of the year to try to procure one, too, I might add.  And I never remember to look for one until it's the wrong time of year to find one, either, dummy me!  So we get a little creative.  The first year we celebrated, we used kazoos.  ((Kinda crazy, but I had them, and it was fun and noisy and got the point across.))  The next year I found a recorder (the instrument kids play in elementary school?) and we used that, but it wasn't as fun, because the kids didn't get to blow anything.  So the next year we decorated rolled-up paper plates and made really primitive shofars.

This year, I have a recipe to make paper mache shofars that I'm hoping to try.  I told my FB friends about this, and Kim T. asked if I wouldn't share the recipe for this.  So here it is!

Start by rolling several paper towels into the shape of a horn.  Cover the horn with foil and shape into a shofar  (I've included two of the most common shapes of shofars).  Then make this Paper Mache Paste:

1/2 cup flour
2 cups cold water
2 cups boiling water
3 tbsp. sugar

Mix together the flour and cold water in a pan.  Add boiling water to the mixture, and heat to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in the sugar.  The mixture will thicken as it cools.  Apply to strips of newspaper until completely dampened.
Wrap the paper mache coated newspaper strips around the foil shofar.  Before the mache is completely dry, have a grown-up cut it in half.  Remove the foil from inside.  When the shofar is dried, glue/tape the two halves back together and let them set up/dry.  Then decorate your shofar with paints!
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Create 
your own shofar for Rosh Hashanah with these easy to follow 
instructions

Make your own shofar with this Rosh Hashanah craft

What You'll Need:
Plastic funnel
Colored tape
30-inch length of rubber hose
Scissors
Colored cord with tassel

You need a lot of practice to be able to blow a shofar. Here's an easy way you can make those holiday sounds with a shofar of your own.

Decorate the funnel with colored tape. You might want to wind strips around the funnel to cover it entirely, or you could use little cutout shapes. Cut a 1-inch slit in one end of the hose. Push the funnel into this slit, and tape it in place.

Then make a large loop in the hose, and tape it in place -- be sure you have a few straight inches left over for the part where you hold the horn and blow. Wind strips of colored tape around the hose to decorate it. Wind a couple inches of colored tape at the mouthpiece at the straight end of the hose opposite the funnel.

Now you are ready to blow. Just hold the horn, and blow into the mouthpiece end, making your lips vibrate against it. Blow hard or softly to make different tones. Make your lips tighter, and see what sort of a shofar sound comes out now.

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