Thursday, December 21, 2000
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Web Is Totally Decked for Winter Holidays
No matter what December holiday is
celebrated, there are plenty of festive Web sites for children and their
parents to enjoy. *******, ************** and Torah Tots each offer their
own blend of good tidings for all.
Bringing Jewish traditions to life for
children is the mission behind Torah Tots, and that's precisely what the
site accomplishes, especially in the holiday section. All the basic Jewish
holidays are well represented in this brightly designed, kid-friendly
site, and Hanukkah is no exception.
can learn the story of the Festival of Lights, play an interactive round
of "spin the dreidel," print out black-and-white line drawings for
coloring and enjoy games and puzzles. Word Find asks kids to locate
Hanukkah words within a puzzle grid; Star Grid is a code-breaking
exercise; Replace the Latke is a culinary quiz; and Plopples features a
jumble of nonsensical words that, if spoken enough times, suggest seasonal
In addition to holidays, Torah
Tots also includes Parsha, a weekly rundown of the Torah read in synagogue
on the Sabbath, plus Learning Is Fun, where kids can explore the Hebrew
alphabet and an ongoing series on prayers. There are also downloads of
Jewish music, a Torah Tots printable monthly Jewish calendar, historical
facts and events in Jewish history and a gift shop.
* * * Karen Jones is a
freelance writer specializing in children's interactive media.
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Jewish traditions for kids