Seedtime + Harvest Tree Crafts: Welcoming Father Time on Rosh Hashanah

Here's a craft to do with your children as you teach them what else is happening on Rosh Hashanah every year: the time change from Seedtime to Harvest.

With the arrival of the next new moon, Rosh Hashanah begins. The moment when the Creator wove together space and time. 

It’s also the end of a season and the beginning of a new one.

The Bible references two seasons in Genesis 8:33, “While all the days of the land remain, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will not cease.”

𝗦𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲. We see this pattern repeated throughout the Scriptures in various ways: sowing and reaping, planting and harvesting, etc. 

Seed Time begins on Rosh Chodashim (Head of Months), right before Passover in the Spring, and is approximately six months long. 

On Rosh Hashanah (Sep/Oct), the grandfather clock of creation sways its large brass pendulum into a new season called “Harvest Time” and the lunar dance between creation and man continues. 

Seeds fall to the ground for their winter slumber while we harvest what we’ve carefully been stewarding and the cycle of life carries on. 

To represent Seed Time and Harvest Time, I often use the colors purple and orange. To talk about this upcoming time change with my children, we make little trees. We collect toilet paper rolls and buttons and make trees out of them. She points to the purple ones and calls the buttons “seeds”, and the orange tree has “apples”.

From tree to tree, from Genesis to Revelation, from generation to generation, God is growing His Kingdom in the hearts of His children. 

I hope this lesson takes root in their hearts as they continue to grow into the strong women God designed them to be. 

So during these last few weeks of Seed Time, I encourage you to be thoughtful about what final seeds you wish to plant. What do you want to harvest in the next six months? That will tell you what seeds you need to sow; seeds of kindness, thoughtfulness, and faithfulness into spaces like family, marriage, friendships, and jobs. 

𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐬𝐫𝐚𝐞𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮.

L’shanah tovah here’s to a great new season ahead.