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11 family-friendly ways to celebrate Sukkot—the feast of the booths

Here are some gorgeous sukkahs to get you inspired.

11 family-friendly ways to celebrate Sukkot—the feast of the booths

The leaves are beginning to turn from green to vibrant reds, yellows and browns, there is a definite chill in the air, and we're starting to smell smoke from our neighbors' fireplaces. These annual transitions can only mean one thing: Autumn is here!

And with autumn comes an array of holidays! In Judaism, the new year is celebrated on Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur, a solemn occasion that calls for reflection and atonement. Shortly after Yom Kippur is Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of the Booths.

Sukkot is celebrated to honor the 40 year desert pilgrimage that Jews made over 3300 years ago after being freed from slavery in Egypt. As they made their journey, they slept in make-shift huts called sukkahs. Today, many Jewish people make sukkahs at their homes or synagogues as a way of remembrance. Screenwriter, producer and blogger Tori Avey writes, "As a temporary dwelling, the sukkah also represents the fact that all existence is fragile, and therefore Sukkot is a time to appreciate the shelter of our homes and our bodies."

Meals are eaten by candlelight in the sukkah for eight days—there's singing and delicious harvest-inspired foods, and of course, a whole lot of fun. Since Sukkot occurs during autumn it is full of harvest-themed foods and decorations the entire family will enjoy.

Are you thinking about unique ways to celebrate the Jewish holiday? Here are some gorgeous sukkahs to get you inspired, plus a few of our favorite family-friendly ways to celebrate the Feast of the Booths:


Simple sukkah with sheets + greenery

Harvest-inspired sukkah

Indoor floral sukkah

Elegant + chic sukkah

Tie-dye sukkah

A sentimental cover for your sukkah

Kid-approved harvest-themed cookies

DIY dried-fruit hanging sukkah decorations

A sukkah pumpkin topiary

Design Megillah

Colorful paper ring decorations

Leah's Thoughts

A mini, edible sukkah

Tory Avey

14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

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From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

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Detective set

Plan Toys detective set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

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Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

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