Posted by: alison | December 29, 2012

Stories from Around the World: Israel

firstrainName: Laura Druda

Institution: Huntington Public Library, Huntington, NY

Title of proposed program: STORIES AROUND THE WORLD: ISRAEL

Audience: Children entering grades 1 through 6.

Book To Read:

  • “First Rain” by Charlotte Herman, Chicago, Ill.: Albert Whitman & Co., 2010.

Other Good Israel Books:

  • “Let’s Visit Israel” by Judye Groner Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2004.
  • “Zvuvi’s Israel” by Tami Lehman-Wilzig Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2009.
  • “Yuvi’s Candy Tree” by Lesley Simpson Minneapolis : Kar-Ben Publishing, c2011.
  • “Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel” by Sylvia A. Rouss Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2002.
  • “Dinosaur Goes to Israel” by Diane Rauchwerger . Minneapolis: Kar-Ben, 2012.
  • “The Never-Ending Greenness” by Neil Waldman Honesdale, PA.: Boyds Mills Press, 2003, c1997.
  • “A Kid’s Catalog of Israel” by Chaya M. Burnstein Philadelphia, PA : Jewish Publication Society, c1988.
  • “Ella’s Trip to Israel” by Vivian Newman Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., c2011.

Slide Show: Israel Program (PowerPoint)

Information about the salt scrub craft:
* The Dead Sea cannot support life because of its high salt content,
which is how it got its name. Our ocean is about 3.5% salt and the
Dead Sea is about 35% salt.
* When you visit the Dead Sea you will float really easily due to the
salt level.
* Salt water also has healing properties! That’s why sometimes people
wash their wounds with it.
* The high level of salt in the Dead Sea makes bathing in it (in
limited doses) really good for your skin.
* Of course, people have decided to make this more widely available to
those who can’t just pop over to the Dead Sea.
* When you go to Israel, you can buy all kinds of soaps and scrubs and
lotions made with water from the Dead Sea. They have lines for women
and lines for men and all kinds of different products. They’re one of
the most common gifts that people bring home for loved ones from
* Today we’re going to make our own salt scrub, either for you or as a gift for a loved one.

Sea Salt Soak

Salt Ingredients:
1.25 cups Epsom salt
.25 cups Sea salt
.5 cups baking soda
A few drops of soap coloring (available at any craft store)
A few drops of soap scent (also available at any craft store)

Other Supplies:
Measuring cups
Bowls for mixing
Spoons for mixing
Fancy bottles/jars (I used these:
Funnels for pouring salts into bottles (I used these:
Pre-made tags for bottles (see below)
Scissors (for cutting ribbon)

Help kids measure out the 2 kinds of salts and the baking soda into
bowls and have them mix for a while. Then help them add a few drops of
scent and a few drops of soap coloring to each batch of salts. Kids
can create their own “custom” scrub by mixing various drops of colors
and scents however they want.

After the salt/color/scent combo is mixed well, help the kids pour it
through the funnel and into the bottle. Some kids might choose to
share with each other and make a layered look. This is cool!

When it’s all been poured, help them attach pre-printed and
pre-hole-punched cards that say inside “Add about ½ cup to your bath
water. Or use ½ cup in a basin of warm water for a relaxing foot soak.
Makes about 4 baths.”

Allow the children to decorate the rest of the card with markers/etc
and then help them attach it to the bottle with curly ribbon.


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