Purim is a well-loved, kid-friendly holiday, celebrated with costumes, treats and fun. The basis for this merriment comes from the fact that though there was an attempt to destroy the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire, Esther and Mordechai became leaders who saved their people. The phrase “v’nahafoch hu” from Megillat Esther—the book that tells the Purim story—means “the opposite happened” or “it was turned upside down.” This phrase is the inspiration for celebrating Purim in a silly way, and is also the inspiration for these “inside-out” groggers, or noisemakers. The groggers we traditionally use on Purim usually contain beads, rice or beans inside a shaker. But in the spirit of v’nahafoch hu, these noisemakers place the beads on the outside for an extra dose of silliness.
- Wooden spoon
- Drill (for an adult to make a small hole in the spoon before the project begins)
- Paint, such as acrylic, tempera, kids’ washable, etc. (consider using glitter or metallic paint for extra flair)
- Disposable plate
- String, cord or thread
- Plastic beads
- Drill a hole in the center of the spoon head.
- Paint both sides of the entire spoon and let dry.
- Cut a piece of string, cord or thread (about 6-8 inches long) and thread it through the hole in the spoon. Tie a knot on either side to hold it in place and make sure it doesn’t slip back through the hole.
- Thread the beads onto each side of the string and be sure to tie another knot to prevent the beads from falling off. Tip: Leave a little bit of room for the beads to slide around on the string.
- Twist or roll the handle between your palms to cause the beads to swing and strike the spoon head, making noise for your Purim celebration (or regular jam session).
Special thanks to my project testers, Ilan and Yaara Sperber and friends, pictured below!