Tisha B’Av is always a challenge for parents, who are often using most of their energy to get through the fast and have trouble finding productive (let alone Tisha B’Av appropriate) activities for their children.
The online 4-hour camp to keep kids busy and learning on Tisha B’Av is created by Rabbi Mendel and Nechama Dina Hecht, directors of Chitas for Kids.
From its humble beginnings in a virtual classroom generously provided by the Shluchim Office, the online interactive Tisha B’Av Camp is something that hundreds of kids enjoy each year.
Though the camp is geared primarily to kids ages 5-10, even teenagers have been known to participate — certainly an improvement over board games or wasting time!
The educational value of the program is constantly increasing. Today’s Tisha B’Av Camp will include a rally with Torah, Tefillah and Tzedakah, the daily Chitas, Mincha, and a live siyum.
The camp includes: coloring sheets, stories, quizzes, videos
Learning the halachos of Tisha B’av, about the Beis Hamikdash, and Chitas (of course!)
Getting ready for the Geulah
Scheduled eye exercise and physical exercises
The emcee of Tisha B’Av Camp, a yellow duck puppet named Katchkel, leads campers on a 4-hour journey through the history, halachos, minhagim, and lessons of Tisha B’Av — with a special emphasis on bringing the Geulah!
Tisha B’Av Camp is free and open to all. It takes place on Tisha B’Av afternoon, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm ET.
For list of suggested supplies, click here.
To receive email updates and login information, sign up at KidsChitas.org/camp.