Here's a fun project to do with the kids for Purim. The noise maker or gragger is a classic Purim prop used during the reading of the Megillat Esther (Book of Esther). Each time the name of the evil Haman is mentioned, shake your gragger to drown out his name. The reading takes about 1/2 hour, and during that time children who are old enough to come to the reading must sit quietly so that everyone can hear every single word of the story. So listening for Haman's name gives everyone a reason to pay attention!
- Plastic cups, any size
- Electrical Tape
- Beans to fill the cup
- Gold stickers
- A popsicle stick (you can make these without the handle too)
- Hot glue gun or other tacky glue
- Fill one of the cups about 1/4 full with dried beans or anything else you have on hand that will make noise when shaken.
- Attach the popsicle stick to one cup with hot glue, and then join two cups together with hot glue.
- Decorate the cups with electrical tape and stickers
- Enjoy making lots of noise on Purim!