Photo by Jordyn Rozensky Photography

The main idea for kids: Create a miniature indoor garden to gather around as a family when we welcome Shabbat.

Recommended age: 3+

Supervision: Required

Supplies needed:


  1. Find two handfuls of rocks and pebbles that you like and wash and dry them.
  2. Arrange the stones in a pattern in the bottom of the wide, flat-bottomed dish. Place a pea-sized amount of sticky wax adhesive on the bottom of each candle.
  3. Stick the candles to the bottom of the dish or to large, flat rocks. Fill the dish with a quarter-inch of water.
  4. Visit for instructions and information about Shabbat rituals, including the candle-lighting blessing.
  5. After you light the candles, you can watch their reflection shimmering on the water.

NOTE: An adult should always supervise the lighting of the Shabbat candles. Adults should make sure the candles are securely mounted in the middle of the dish.

This project was originally featured in’s Shabbat of the Month Club program.