On the fall harvest festival of Sukkot, we recall how the Jews wandered in the desert, dwelling in huts, after the exodus from Egypt. Today, we build “sukkot” – our own “hits” -to commemorate that time. A sukkah is a three-sided temporary house in which families and friends celebrate during the holiday.

In Hillel Builds a House, Hillel loves building houses from all kinds of things. He uses items found around his house that he thinks would be good building material. During this time of COVID-19, we’re all spending a lot of time at home. For a fun physical activity, you and your kids can gather materials around the house and build a fort like Hillel’s!

A pile of pillows makes a pillow fort. A bunch of blankets can make a cozy tent. Create a mini-playhouse from extra boxes. Maybe all those delivery boxes can come in handy to build the chimney!


Once you’ve created your makeshift house, you can:

  • Watch a movie
  • Go “camping” for the night
  • Eat a meal
  • Play a game

What materials do you have around your house that can be used for kids to build? What sort of activities would be fun to do in your structure?