It had to happen eventually; inevitably there would be a homeschooling post. After all, that’s what we do in our spare time.
This week’s parsha is about the clothing that the High Priest wore in the Holy Temple (or, if you talk like I usually do, “it’s what the Kohen Gadol wore in the Beit HaMikdash”). There is a fabulous download at chinuch.org of a Kohen paper doll that you can dress. I edited it to be a jpg file, and I also changed the paper doll to be more consistent with how we believe he would appear. Some people asked if they could have the file, so here it is. You can just copy him from the file here:
Click on the picture, and you should get the full size file. Print and you’re ready to go. (I checked chinuch.org for copyrights, and there were none).
You’ll need some heavy weight paper for the doll himself; I used brown card stock to help give the doll color depth. We did this as an activity to get ready for Yom Kippur last year. This sounds like it’s a good activity for younger children, but the truth is, I don’t recommend with most children under the age of 7. Even though my girls love paper dolls, both my daughter and her first cousin (5 and 6 at the time, respectively) did not find this activity at all compelling, but my daughter who was seven did. Also, if it bothers you that the Kohen Gadol might end up with pink hearts on his pants and green hair, wait until you child is older.