ICE CREAM DOUGH – DOUGHNUT RECIPE (aka 2 INGREDIENT DOUGHNUTS)

 

2 INGREDIENT DOUGHNUTS

What happens when you mix just the right amount of MELTED ICE CREAM + SELF RISING FLOUR?

YOU GET THESE. 

ICE CREAM DOUGH- DOUGHNUTS.

They take minutes to prepare, require the least amount of dirty dishes and are so easy to make that a 4 year old can do it. 

I know. I had one make them. 

Not only is the dough itself genius, but the shaping and frying technique brought to us by the incredible @Naomi_tgis, sometimes know by her actual name, Naomi Elberg from Detroit, makes the whole process and absolute delight!

I have never  been more excited to bring you all a recipe. So this Chanukah, instead of stressing about where to buy the best doughnuts, MAKE THEM YOURSELF!

*The self rising flour in Israel is made with yeast. be sure to buy one like that! The brand I used is Osem self rising  flour.

For the insanely easy Ice cream dough doughnut recipe click here

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CHALYMPIC GAMES 2018

CHALYMPICS ARE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!!!

We have 7 amazing games this year. Our 3 standing games and four new, original, from-the-gut-laughter-inducing, family fun and extremely economical games!

Before we jump in, I just want to take a second to welcome and fill in any first time Chalympic participants!

The CHALYMPICS is an 8 day long, 7 event series we partake in every year of Chanukah. Well, actually this only our second year, but it’s definitely something we plan to grow old with!

Every night, after we light the menorah, instead of opening presents, we set up a game, using inexpensive materials that are easily purchased or that are already lying around the house, and all the kids compete. 

Like the real Olympics, we start off with a torch lighting ceremony, the winners stand on appropriate leveled chairs and receive their award at the end of each night, and of course we end the games with another torch lighting ceremony. 

Through out the 8 days, we keep track of the winners on a giant score card and at the end of the CHALYMPICS there is a final champion who wins the ultimate prize…BRAGGING RIGHTS!

To read the full article explaining the who, what, where and why of it all click here

To read the full article teaching you how to make the torches and scoreboard click here

To watch last years games click here to watch night 1 and then scroll through the remaining  highlights to see how we do it!

Ok, now that everyone is update and were all on the same page about how awesome it is to spend Chanukah bonding and having fun instead of stressing out about what presents to buy, how many to get, which night to give what and whether we need to actually wrap them, we can get this party started!

SO…….

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

EVENT #1

OPENING CEREMONIES + LIVE MEMORY 

What you will need:

The homemade torches (CLICK HERE)

12 sets of identical prizes. (2 key chains, 2 silly patty’s…)

24 aluminum 9×13 pans (or any size, you just want yto make sure that the prices fit fully underneath them)

For the opening ceremony, play Olympic music, and have the contestants line up in age order. Light the oldest ones torch and then he lights the persons next to him. Continue until all torches are lit and then take a cermonious walk around the living room. 

(Blow out torches and save for closing ceremony)

How to play:

Send the children out of the room.

Arrange the prizes on a large space on the floor, separating identical prizes, in a grid like pattern.

Cover each prize with an aluminum pan. 

Call the children back into the room. 

Now play memory….

Give each a child a chance to uncover two prizes. If the prizes are not the same, replace the pan over the prize and it is the next Childs turn. 

When someone uncovers identical prizes they keep it. 

Play until all prizes have been accounted for. 

We like to end this game with a prize swap. No one can keep two prizes and they must trade. Sometimes they need our help to facilitate this but usually it goes smoothly since they are all equally small, 1 shekel prizes!

EVENT #2

THE MISE EN PLACE RACE

AKA, SOMEONE ELSE IS PREPPIN’ DINNER TONIGHT! 

(yes, this game is proudly borrowed from top chef)

Every year this event looks different. This is this years version.

THE FINAL DINNER WILL BE:

  • Meatballs “subs” on a long challah roll
  • Roasted Garlic aioli to slather on the subs
  • Israeli salad (because, as much I try I can not convince myself that the wheat used to make the flour for bread should be considered a veggie.)

What you will need:

  • 5 plastic cutting boards
  • 5 sets of disposable latex gloves
  • 1 batch challah dough
  • 10 aluminum greased pan (2 for each player)
  • 10 eggs (2 for each player)
  • 5 plastic forks
  • 5 small bowls or cups (for cracking eggs into)
  • (optional: assorted challah toppings)
  • 5 medium sized bowls
  • 5 knives (can be plastic)
  • 5 cucumbers
  • 1&1/4 c cherry tomatoes
  • 5 lemon halves (so 2&1/2 lemons, halved: 1/2 for each player)
  • 5 small dishes of kosher salt
  • 5 small dishes of coarse black pepper
  • 5 small bowls
  • 3 tbsp mayonaisse
  • 10 roasted garlic cloves (2 for each player)
  • 5 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 5 bowls, each  filled with 1/2 lb ground meat
  • 5 small dishes with 1 clove chapped garlic
  • 5 small dishes each filled with 1/4 c parsley leaves
  • 5 small dishes each filled with 2 tbsp panko bread crumbs

How to play:

Cover your dining room table with plastic.

Set up five separate working stations.

Place a cutting board in the center of each one and one of each ingredient (unless otherwise directed) around the cutting board. 

Place the ingredients in order of the relay clockwise starting from the bottom left corner of the cutting board. 

To play the game each player has to complete each of the 4 parts of the race before moving onto the next part. 

The player that completes all 4 challenges first wins. 

This years challenges:

  • Make 2 longer “sub style” challah rolls
    • place rolls in greased pan
    • crack 1 egg into cup, beat with with then egg the top of the roll
  • make Israeli salad 
    • cut up cucumber
    • cut cherry tomatoes into quarters
    • squeeze halved lemon over veggies (be sure not to get any seeds in there!)
    • season with a pinch of salt and pepper
    • mix
  • Make garlic aoili
    • add 2 cloves roasted garlic to a bowl
    • add a pinch of kosher salt, pepper, mustard and any remaining juice from the lemon
    • once combined add mayo and mix
  • Mix and shape meatballs
    • add remaining beaten egg from challah (or crack and beat a new one but only add about 1/2 the egg) to the bowl with meat
    • add in garlic, parsley and panko
    • season with salt and pepper
    • mix meat mixture and shape into golf ball size (or slightly smaller) meatballs
    • place shaped meatballs into the 2nd greased 9×13 pan

Once your entire bowl of meat mixture is complete, throw your hands in the air, wiggle your fingers and scream DONE as loud as you can! Bonus points if you scream loud enough to break some windows!

*PARENTS: Bake rolls till they are golden and cooked through. For meatballs, combine all meatballs onto a greased baking sheet. Place tray in a 375f oven until they are crispy on the outside and the fat has been rendered. Add any grease from the baking sheet to a pot set over medium high heat. Sautee 1 onion for 5 minutes. Add 2 cloves chopped garlic and stir for 1 minutes.  Pour 1/2 cup red wine into the pan and use a spoon to scrape up any bits. Add in 3 cups tomato sauce and all the meatballs.Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes. Serve meatballs in baguettes, smeared with garlic mayo and some Israeli salad on the side! Eat and enjoy!

EVENT #3

CUP STACKING REPLICA RELAY

Object of the game: To replicate the cup tower as fast as possible.

What you will need:

  • Lots of plastic cups

How to play:

This is a timed event!

Send children out of the room for 5 minutes. 

Create a tower, or series of towers using plastic cups. 

Bring out children and give them each 3 minutes to replicate the tower you’ve built.

The child that does it the fastest, or gets farthest along in the given time is the winner. 

*BONUS CHALLANGE: Finger numbing cup stacking.

Place a bowl of water and ice on the table. Have contestant stick their hand inside for 10 seconds. Then immediately begin the stacking clock count down!

Event # 4

POPCORN RUN

Object of the game: To fill a bowl with popcorn using only the small containers attached to your feet. 

What you will need:

  • 2 pint sized clear circle containers
  • scissor or knife (to make two small holes)
  • 2 shoelaces
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 very large (think carry on luggage size), deep plastic storage bin
  • LOTS OF POPCORN

HOW TO PLAY:

Make two small holes in the center of each pint sized container

Run a shoelace through both holes. (one shoe lace per container)

Attach a container to the top of each foot using the shoelace to tie it around.

Fill the large storage container with popcorn and place at one end of a long hallway or room. 

Place the bowl on the other end. 

Contestants must use their feet to scoop up popcorn from storage container. 

They must then walk across the room, spilling as little popcorn as possible, and dump the containers into the bowl. 

This process is to be repeated until the bowl is full. 

The contestant to fill the bowl the fastest is the winner!

*Bonus: If contestants can then clean up spilled popcorn in 15 seconds they will receive a prize in the form of a kiss.

EVENT #5

SKI PONG BALL

Object of the game: To get as many points as possible in the two minutes allotted by getting the ping pong ball across the table and into the cups using only a straw to direct the ball. 

What you will need:

  • about 15- 25 plastic cups (this will depend on the size of the table and how difficult you want the game to be) (The more cups you put out the easier it is!)
  • scotch tape
  • painters tape…..click here to buy
  • 3 ping pong bowls…..click here to buy
  • Regular plastic straws
  • Post it’s (for creating back boards and assigning point values)

How to play:

Use scotch tape to tape cups to the edge of the table. (see photo for reference)

Cups that are hanging down will be assigned a higher point value then cups that are sideways. 

Leaving spaces between cups makes the game harder, so any cups that are farther from other cups should also be assigned more points. 

Use painters tape to divide your table into 3 zones. 

The zone closest to the cups, and therefore easiest will be given the lowest point value and the zone farthest will be give the highest. 

Each player will be given two minutes to use their straw to blow the pingpong ball into a cup. 

They can choose which zone to start from. 

They must blow the ball into a cup. 

The value of points they receive for a ball landing in a cup is the total of the zone they started from plus the cup it landed in!

They can keep playing and racking up points for the entire two minutes. 

A referee must keep track of points during each players turn. 

The contestant with the highest score at the end of the 2 minutes is the winner.

        

EVENT #6

SIMONIZED DANCE REVOLUTION

Object of the game: To mimic the dance moves in order, remembering each one as a new one is added. 

What you will need:

  • music
  • a list of 20 dance moves (I will provide a basic list, however Im extremely impulsive and will most likely change things in the heat of the moment. The important thing is to remember the moves so you can make sure the contestants repeat them properly)

How to play:

Turn on the music. 

Call one child into the room at a time.

Start by showing them move one. 

Let them repeat it. 

Then show then moves 1 and 2

Let them repeat it. 

Then show moves 1, 2 and 3

Let them repeat it.

Continue this process adding one move at a time. 

The child that gets furthest along in the dance routine without skipping a move is the winner. 

Dance routine:

  1. jump 1 time
  2. clap 2 times
  3. tap your right foot in from of you
  4. tap your left foot in from of you
  5. clap your hands in the air 2 time
  6. wiggle your body down to the floor
  7. jump up 2 times
  8. spin around
  9. climb up four imaginary stairs
  10. open and close your legs in a jumpimg manner 2 times
  11. clap 4 times
  12. dance like a mokney
  13. spin around
  14. touch your toes
  15. wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care
  16. kick in from of you with your right foot
  17. kick behind you with your left foot
  18. do 3 jumping jacks
  19. wiggle your body down
  20. jump back up and give one final clap

Feel free to completely ignore this routine and make it up as you go along! Just be sure YOU remember the order for each player!

EVENT #7 

THE BLIND TASTE TEST + CLOSING CEREMONY

Object of the game: To identify as many foods as possible by simply tasting them while blindfolded.

What you will need:

  • blindfold, or scarf
  • a cookie sheet (to contain any spills)
  • 20 different foods that can fit into small bowls or cups
  • 20 small bowls or cups
  • a kitchen towel

How to play:

Send the kids out of the kitchen.

Place the cups on the cookie sheet and fill each one with as different edible product. (can be food, drink, snack, condiment, spice…)

Place a kitchen towel over the filled bowls so that no one can see whats underneath. 

Call each child one at a time into the kitchen. 

Cover their eyes with the blind and remove the kitchen towel. 

Help them guide their hand into each bowl one at a time. 

They must taste each item and identify it. 

Only first answers are accepted to remind them to take their time.

The child that guesses the most right is the winner.

Examples of tasters: Ketchup, Mayo, Honey, Croutons, Salt, Chopped hard boiled egg, Chocolate chips, Captain crunch, Cut up string cheese, Butter, Cucumbers, Red sufganiya jelly, Lemon wedges, Pickles, Plain yogurt, Franks hot sauce, Soda, Peanut butter, Craisins, Pesto, Salad dressing…

CLOSING CEREMONY

TALLY UP ALL THE MEDALS ON THE SCOREBOARD. THE PERSON WOITH THE MOST GOLDS, IS THE OVERALL WINNER, THE PERSON WITH THE SECOND MOST IS THE SILVER NEDAL WINNER AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. 

Repeat the torch lighting ceremony only this time the overall winner goes first!

UNTIL NEXT YEAR, THE END.

 

*Note: You can alsoutely adjust, mix and match games from different years to suit your families. In fact you are ENCOURAGED to customize them to get the most fun out of it! Click here to see last years games for more inspo!
 

 

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CHEESE STUFFED FRIED OLIVES, 2 WAYS

  

I’m that person. You know, the one pretending to go wash my hands in a restaurant so that I can not so subtly look at whats on everyones tables. Or the one who walks by people sitting at a sidewalk table outside of a little pastaria in Italy and asks them what their eating because the smell coming off there table is so intoxicating that I just can’t resist. 

I’m Danielle, I love food. Nice to meet you. 

 We were lucky enough to spend this past in southern Italy with Miriam Schreiber on one of her legendary Legacy Tours trips. My children had the most amazing time touring ancient cities, volcanoes and roman ruins. I had the most amazing time staring at peoples plates. Every where we went there were little hole-in-wall restaurants/cafes serving the most simple looking, but ridiculously incredible smelling food. Obviously I had to stop and ask every single table of patrons we passed and ask them what they were eating. 

There were a few dishes that stood out in my mind that I knew I had to recreate. I had to wait for the perfect opportunity though to spring these recipes on you all. Some are a little too labor intensive for a regular dairy week night dinner. But, for Shavuous, a holiday that we are willing to go the extra step for to create a beautiful dairy kiddish or meal, is the perfect opportunity! 

You’ll have to wait a little longer for a few of the other dishes that MUST be recreated, but I wanted to start you off with a BANG. 

These olives were on sooooo many peoples tables. Usually, served as a small appetizer over a fresh, house made tomato sauce that was probably made from San Marzano tomatoes pick the day before!

We may not have fresh San Marzano tomatoes but we all have access to cheese, olives and breadcrumbs!

Do not miss the chance to make these olives. This is definitely not a recipe that you’ll try later.. You need to make these while the shavuous cooking feels are in the air! They take a few extra minutes to make but I included prep ahead instructions into the recipes!

Also, because I was so obsessed with them, and genuinely could not decided which h version of the olives I liked more (the green mozzarella stuffed or the kalamata labaneh stuffed), I included both recipes! I even included 2 different ways you can serve them! 

Oh, and BONUS, another awesome salad dressing!

Wishing you all a Happy Monday and of course, HAPPY COOKING!

✌🏻💜 & 🥕,

Danielle

                        

For the printable LABANE STUFFED FRIED KALAMTA OLIVES click here

For the printable MOZZARELLA STUFFED FRIED GREEN OLIVES click here

For the printable BALSAMIC AND SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE click here

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CHALYMPIC GAMES 2017

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!

Onto the final and most vital piece of all this:

The events and their rules:

These are the 7 events my children will be competing in this year. If some of these games are not suitable for your children, you can watch our videos from last year for smoother ideas. You can also come up with your own games that are more appropriate for your family! 

*Note: All games are based on 5 contestants. Adjust accordingly.

EVENT #1

OPENING CEREMONIES + LIVE MEMORY 

What you will need:

  • The homemade torches
  • 12 sets of identical prizes. (2 key chains, 2 silly patty’s…)
  • 24 aluminum 9×13 pans (or any size, you just want yto make sure that the prices fit fully underneath them)

For the opening ceremony, play Olympic music, and have the contestants line up in age order. Light the oldest ones torch and then he lights the persons next to him. Continue until all torches are lit and then take a cermonious walk around the living room. 

(Blow out torches and save for closing ceremony)

How to play:

  1. Send the children out of the room.
  2. Arrange the prizes on a large space on the floor, separating identical prizes, in a grid like pattern.
  3. Cover each prize with an aluminum pan. 
  4. Call the children back into the room. 
  5. Now play memory….
  6. Give each a child a chance to uncover two prizes. If the prizes are not the same, replace the pan over the prize and it is the next Childs turn. 
  7. When someone uncovers identical prizes they keep it. 
  8. Play until all prizes have been accounted for. 

We like to end this game with a prize swap. No one can keep two prizes and they must trade. Sometimes they need our help to facilitate this but usually it goes smoothly since they are all equally small, 1 shekel prizes!

EVENT #2

THE MISE EN PLACE RACE

AKA, SOMEONE ELSE IS PREPPIN’ DINNER TONIGHT! 

(yes, this game is proudly borrowed from top chef)

Every year this event looks different. This is this years version.

What you will need:

  • 5 plastic cutting boards
  • 1 batch challah dough (divided)
  • 5 aluminum 9×13 pans, greased
  • 5 eggs, each one in a small bowl
  • 5 forks
  • 10 pickles (divided)
  • 5 plastic knifes
  • 5 plastic bowls
  • 2&1/2 cups pf parsley (with stems)
  • 10 small plastic plates
  • 2&1/2 lbs. chopped meat (put 1/2 lb. of meat into 5 separate mixing bowls
  • 5 tsp. salt (divided) 
  • 2&1/2 tsp pepper (divided)
  • (any other spices you use to flavor your hamburgers, just 5 small portions of each)
  • 5 large plastic plates

How to play:

  • Cover your dining room table with plastic.
  • Set up five separate working stations.
  • Place a cutting board in the center of each one and one of each ingredient around the cutting board. 
  • Place the ingredients in order of the relay clockwise starting from the bottom left corner of the cutting board. 
  • To play the game each player has to complete each of the 4 parts of the race before moving onto the next part. 
  • The player that completes all 4 challenges first wins. 

This years challenges:

  1. make 2 challah rolls, place them in the given pan, crack & beat the egg, and coat the top of the roll
  2. cut up pickles and place in a bowl (if your kids like something else on their burgers, swap it with the pickles)
  3. separate the parsley leaves from the stems and cut up the leaves
  4. Add parsley, salt and pepper to chopped meat and form 3 hamburger patties. Once the patties are formed and the pan the race is complete!

EVENT #3

THE ANIMAL WALK & TALK RELAY 

This is a timed challenge. Each child takes their turn while an adult times them. The child with the best time, wins. 

What you will need:

  • 4 animal masks (lion, penguin, crab, frog)
  • 4 pieces of string
  • painters tape in 4 different colors

How to play:

  • Use 1 color of the painters tape to create a maze in the floor of your living room. Each color tape should be about 12 feet of maze. 
  • Continue with the next color, until you have 4 different color paths. 
  • It doesn’t matter where’re they start or end. 
  • All that matters is that a mask is placed at the begging of each pathway. 
  • The child must put on the mask and walk like the animal that the mask represent. 
  •  At the same time they must sing “dreidel, dreidel dreidel, I made you out of clay…” in a voice that represents that animal. 
  • If they fall down from the animal walk or because they were laughing to hard, they must go back to the beginning of that pathway. 
  • The player to complete the relay the fastest wins. 

To printout the animal masks from me, click here. 

If for some reason, printing the masks doesn’t work for you, you can google “children’s animal masks” and print out what you want from there.

 

 

EVENT #4

COOKIE STACKING HEATS

This is a game of balance.

What you will need:

  • painters tape, 1 color
  • 30 oreos

How to play:

  • Lay a long piece of painters tape across the floor. This is the start line. 
  • Lay another piece 6-8 feet away. This is the finish line.
  • Each child, you can do this one at a timer simultaneously, places 1 oreo on his/her head. He must walk to the finish line. 
  • At the finish line he/she must place another roe onto of the first and walk back to the start line where they will receive another oreo. 
  • The player to walk back and forth with the most oreo’s piled on their heads is the winner. 

 

 

EVENT #5 

BLACKOUT SCAVANGER HUNT

What you will need:

  • Go through the provided printout sheet and make sure you have enough of every category in your home. 
  • Print out the scavenger hunt list
  • 5 pencils
  • 5 shopping bags
  • 5 flashlights

How to play:

  • Give each player a scavenger hunt list, a pencil a bag and a flashlight. 
  • Turn on the flashlights and shut off all flash lights in your house. (Dads everywhere are going to love this. If only we could live in the dark all the time, we would never forget to shut off the lights, right dad?)
  • Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes 
  • Press start and let each kid go off and try to find as many things on the list as they can.

The person who found the most items is the winner!

Click here to print out the Chalympic Scavanger hunt list.

EVENT #6 

THE BLIND TASTE TEST

What you will need:

blindfold, or scarf

a cookie sheet (to contain any spills)

20 different foods that can fit into small bowls or cups

20 small bowls or cups

a kitchen towel

How to play:

  • Send the kids out of the kitchen.
  • Place the cups on the cookie sheet and fill each one with as different edible product. (can be food, drink, snack, condiment, spice…)
  • Place a kitchen towel over the filled bowls so that no one can see whats underneath. 
  • Call each child one at a time into the kitchen. 
  • Cover their eyes with the blind and remove the kitchen towel. 
  • Help them guide their hand into each bowl one at a time. 
  • They must taste each item and identify it. 
  • Only first answers are accepted to remind them to take their time.
  • The child that guesses the most right is the winner.

Examples of tasters: Ketchup, Mayo, Honey, Croutons, Salt, Chopped hard boiled egg, Chocolate chips, Captain crunch, Cut up string cheese, Butter, Cucumbers, Red sufganiya jelly, Lemon wedges, Pickles, Plain yogurt, Franks hot sauce, Soda, Peanut butter, Craisins, Pesto, Salad dressing…

EVENT #7

THE CANDY SUCK

What you will need:

  • 10 plastic plates
  • 5 straws
  • 100 adashim or skittles (m&m like candy)

How to play:

Set up 5 stations

At each station place two plates side by side and a straw. 

Place 20 adashim or skittles on one plate at each station. 

When you say go, each child must use their straw to suck up one of the candies and move it to the other plate. 

The first child to get all the candies from one plate to the next is the winner.

CLOSING CEREMONY

TALLY UP ALL THE MEDALS ON THE SCOREBOARD. THE PERSON WOITH THE MOST GOLDS, IS THE OVERALL WINNER, THE PERSON WITH THE SECOND MOST IS THE SILVER NEDAL WINNER AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. 

Repeat the torch lighting ceremony only this time the overall winner goes first!

UNTIL NEXT YEAR, THE END.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOU TTHE CHALYMPIC GAMES

CLICK HERE FOR THE DIY TORCHES AND SCOREBOARD

 

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TORCHES & SCOREBOARD

                      

This post is dedicated to Steps 1 & 2 of the CHALYMPICS.

Its really more of a DIY arts & crafts post than anything else, but it helps get everyone into the spirit. 

*NOTE: Theses instructions are based on 5 children playing the games. Adjust accordingly!

THE TORCHES

                     

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Lots of crayons (Think 1, 24 pack per child)
  • 5 glass bottles (you can either recycle beer bottles or buy glass bottles in the shekel/dollar store)
  • 15 long candle lighting candles (this prevents the use of matches or lighters)
  • 5 candles to use as the actual “torch” (Think olden day 1-2 inch thick candleabra candles. You want them to sit nicely on the very top of the bottle neck.)

HOW TO MAKE THEM:

  1. Cover the surface where the children will be working in two layers of tinfoil. (Aside from making a clean up a breeze, it will protect your table from hot candle and crayon wax drippings!)
  2. Remove all the paper off the crayon before you start. (Paper is flamable. You don’t even want the snaps on the table while the children are working. so take a few minutes, have everyone unwrap their crayons, throw them in the garbage and then they an begin and you can have some piece of mind!)
  3. Give each child one bottle, one long candle and their crayons. (Hold back the actual “torch” candle)
  4. Light the long candle, and hold it in one hand. With the other hand, grab a crayon and bring both the crayon and the candle about 4-6 inches over the bottle. Allow the flame from the candle to heat the tip of the crayon. As the crayon melts it will drip down onto the bottle. 
  5. Once the crayon or the candle gets to small to use safely, replace with a new one. 
  6. Repeat the crayon melting process until the bottle is covered to your likeness!
  7. To attach the “torch” candle, simply place the bottom of the candle over a flame for 15 seconds to very slightly warm the wax. Place on the top of the opened, decorated bottle and hold it in place for 30 seconds. 

Your torches are ready!

THE SCOREBOARD

                      

                      

                       

                       

                                          

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 large silver/gray oak tag 
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 ruler
  • 1 black permanent marker
  • 1 gold marker
  • 1 pair of scissors 
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 stapler
  • regular scotch tape
  • 1 regular paper in a verity of colors. (if you have 5 children, you need 5 different colors)
  • 1 large foam sparkly gold sheet
  • 1 large foam sparkly silver sheet
  • 1 large foam sparkly bronze sheet
  • ( I also bought pink and purple sparkly foam sheets for my little girls who I anticipate will not appreciate a gold, silver or bronze “medal”)
  • 1 roll of double sided foam tape
  • 2 brown paper (for the bottom of the torch)
  • 2 pieces red tissue paper
  • 2 pieces orange tissue paper
  • 2 pieces yellow tissue paper

HOW TO MAKE TH SCOREBOARD:

  1. Measure your oaktag so that you have 8, 2&1/4 inch wide boxes and 1, 1&1/2 inch boxes. (All together this comes out to 19&1/2 inches wide) The narrow 1&1/2 inch row should be placed in the 5th column this year, because shabbos is the fourth night of Chanukah. (The first row is for names)
  2. Measure the length. The top row should be 3 inches long and each additional row should be 2 inches long. (The total measurement here will vary depending on how many people are competing.)
  3. Use a ruler and permanent marker to create the grid.
  4. Leave the top left box blank and the go horizontally across and number 1-8
  5. Cut out a 2&1/2 by 2 inch piece of colored paper for each child. 
  6. Write their name on it and glue them in the first vertical row of the grid, leaving the top left corner empty. 
  7. In the narrow row, make an x in each box to show that their are no games that night.
  8. Cut 1 inch pieces of foam tape, leaving the paper on one side, and stick them in the center if each square. (Every night, remove the paper and stick on the medal that the child received)
  9. From each foam sheet, cut out 12, 2 by 1&3/4 inch squares and place them in a ziplock bag. (It’s good have to extras incase of ties)
  10. To make the big torch, roll one corner of the paper in toward the center. (this will create the cone) Staple the cone to hold its shape.
  11. Place the red tissue paper on the table, lay the orange over it and the yellow on top if both in an off centered way so that the corners don’t match up. 
  12. Place your index finger in the center of the sheets, and using the other hand grab them from underneath the red sheet sheet and lift all the corners up. 
  13. Insert it into the cone and adhere it in place with come scotch tape. (for a more realistic “fire” look, slightly circle the paper.
  14. To make the small cone cut all the papers in half and repeat the process. 
  15. Stick the small torch into the empty top left corner of your scoreboard and the big torch anywhere on your wall!

NOW THAT YOUR TORCHES AND SCOREBOARD AS COMPLETE THE CHALYMPICS CAN BEGIN!!!!!!

Click here to learn more about what the CHALYMPICS are about.

Click here to for a list of the games and their rules.

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CHALYMPICS: EXPLAINED!

CHALYMPICS 2017 ARE FINALLY UPON US AND I’M HERE TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THEM. 

I have sooooooo much to tell you all! There are so many new and exciting games for this year!

But, first let’s take a step back and answer all your CHALYMPIC questions. 

WHAT ARE THE CHALYMPICS?

The CHALYMPICS is an 8 day long, 7 event series we partake in every year of Chanukah. Well, actually this only our second year, but it’s definitely something we plan to grow old with!

Every night, after we light the menorah, instead of opening presents, we set up a game, using inexpensive materials that are easily purchased or that are already lying around the house, and all the kids compete. 

Like the real Olympics, we start off with a torch lighting ceremony, the winners stand on appropriate leveled chairs and receive their award at the end of each night, and of course we end the games with another torch lighting ceremony. 

Through out the 8 days, we keep track of the winners on a giant score card and at the end of the CHALYMPICS there is a final champion who wins the ultimate prize…BRAGGING RIGHTS!

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?

Every year Eli and I go out a few weeks before Chanukah to discuss the upcoming gift situation. Do we buy a gift for every child for every night? Do we buy one big group kid? Do we give each child a big gift and then a few small prizes? We ask ourselves the same questions every year and we always end with the same one…

How do we make this holiday about more than just the gifts?

Just to back track a few years, a friend told us about this game she plays with her kids every year on Chanukah. It’s a life size memory game (more about that in the games portion of this post!). 

In an attempt to make the holiday about more then presents we adopted this game into our first night of Chanukah routine and it was a huge success. Our kids had a blast, we loved watching them and, bonus, the whole game cost us 24 shekel! 

Little did we know when we started this 4 years ago that this game would become the highlight of our children entire Chanukah. It’s literally all they spoke about in the previous months. 

So, last year when we went out to figure out their gifts, we looked at each other and realized the answer to all our questions was right there in from of us! 

MORE GAMES. 

The kids certainly could not remember what gifts they got the year before, but they remembered every detail of our live memory game. And not because of those silly shekel prizes they earned! Because, we did it as a family and we had fun!

So we came up with a game for every night. Then, true to our natures, mine abeing a super competitive game lover and Eli’s being an organized sports obsessed male, we created the CHALYMPICS!

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE GAMES?

Eli, being the more cool head, way less impulsive and more calculated half of our marriage, pointed out that the games had to have completely impartial winners. 

Meaning, we, as the parents, could not have any say in choosing who came in first, second or third place. The winner had to be determined by the objective rules of the event. Whether it’s a time event (who did …. the fastest), or a quantity based event (who collected…..the most), we would merely be there to cheer them on. 

This prevented any child from feeling like they weren’t “chosen” to win. It also made losing very easy to explain. Instead of saying, well I like her cupcake better, all we had to say was “Oh man, I really though you had it. It’s ok. Today he\she was faster but don’t worry, theres always tomorrow/ next year.”

Another key factor we look at when coming up with games is are they fun? I know it sounds crazy. All games are fun. Really though, some are funner than others and what we’ve found is that the sillier the games are the more fun they are for everyone. 

We choose games that are more physically involved because as it is kids today spend way too much time sitting behind desks and we try to choose games that are gender neutral. 

Every parent knows their children best though, and even though its easy to just to play the exact same games we play it might be fun to do a few minutes of googling or Pinterest to find games that are more suitable to your kids! 

Here’s a few tips if you down to come up wth your own games:

-Choosing games that have winners that you do NOT have to select is key in making sure your children don’t feel bad if they do not win. (We don’t believe in “Everyone’s” a winner because it’s just not real life and also, like I said, I’m super competitive.)

-Try to arrange the order of the games to fit your lifestyle. (I choose a game that needs almost no advance preparation for Saturday night this way we are not rushed.) 

-Keep the games interesting by alternating between nights with games where everyone competes at the same time vs games where only one player competes at a time

-Don’t choose games that will stress you out. For example, if you don’t like fingerprints on your walls (ahem, Dad) don’t choose a game where they have to lean or touch the wall. 

– Most importantly, make sure that you are enjoying yourself. The more fun you are having the more fun your kids will have. Guaranteed!

Of course, if you do come up with other games let us know! We’re always on the look out for new ones!!!

Now, on to the technical portion of this post. 

How do we make this all happen?

There are four easy steps to bringing the CHALYMPICS to life and making them awesome.

  1. Make a score board
  2. Help your kids create their own “torches” (or just buy a few extra havdalah-like candles!)
  3. Come up with 7 games (Like HASHEM, the Chalympics rest on shabbos) and make sure you have everything you need in your house.
  4. Download Olympic music on your phone. (opening ceremony, medal ceremony, national anthem and closing ceremony) 

Since there is so much to tell you about the first three steps (google for step 4, or iTunes) Im going to make each one of those steps it’s own blog posts!

I really, really hope you all enjoy this years and can’t wait to see you what you all come up with!

In case you need a little visual inspiration, heres a few videos of what the CHALYMPICS looked like last year!

(To see all of last years videos, click on the YouTube logo in the bottom right hand corner of the video. It will bring you to the CHALYMPICS 2016 playlist on my YouTube channel!)

FOR THE DIY TORCHES AND SCOREBOARD POST CLICK HERE

FOR THE CHALYMPIC 2017 GAMES AND RULES CLICK HERE

 

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