Daffodil Project Resource Page

Daffodil Project Resource Page for Educators and Parents

We are so thrilled that you are participating in planting daffodils along with the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest’s Holocaust Council.  

Before, during, or after planting your daffodil bulbs, we encourage you to utilize some or all of the following materials in order to bring forth a further understanding of the Holocaust and honor the memory of the 1.5 million children that perished. (We have included recommended children’s ages as a guide, but please note your child’s individual needs as well.) 

Click on the links below to watch Holocaust survivors in our community share their personal stories.

Luna Kaufman (Middle School age and up)

Norbert Bikales (4th/5th grade and up)

Hanna Wechsler (Teens, Young Adults, and Adults)

Daffodil Planting Instructions

How big an area is needed?
  • You do not require a large space to plant the bulbs.
  • For every 250 bulbs, you will need approximately 30 square feet in any combination.
How to plant bulbs
  • Plant the daffodils 3-4 inches deep and 2-3 inches apart.
  • Plant approximately 7-10 bulbs in a 1 foot circle with 1-3 bulbs in the center.
  • Wait until all bulbs have been planted prior to covering with soil and then mulching.
What on-going maintenance is required?
  • Once you have planted, mulch and water the bed. There is very little further maintenance.
  • Once the daffodils bloom, they should be left to yellow and wither (otherwise they will not be able to produce flowers the following year). Dead-heading is recommended for the best re-flowering but is not required. Fertilizer is not needed if you mulch your bulbs annually with 2-3 inches of an organic mulch.

Picture Books

(Elementary School Level or a good introduction for older students)
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting
Promise of a New Spring by Gerta Weissman Klein
The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of how Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle
One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story by David A. Adler
One Candle by Eve Bunting
Marcel Marceau: Master of Mine by Gloria Spielman
The Feather-Bed Journey by Paula Kurzband Feder
The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise W. Borden 
Keeping the Promise: A Torah’s Journey by Tami Lehman-Wilzig
Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children’s Holocaust Memorial by Peter W. Schroeder 
I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944 by Hana Volavková
The Yellow Star: The Legend of Christian X of Denmark by Caren Agra Deedy 

Chapter Books

(Upper Elementary School/ Middle School)
When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I Survived the Nazi Invasion by Lauren Tarshis
The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson

(Higher Middle School Level/High School)
Friedrich by Hans P. Richter
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Maus I and Maus II by Art Spiegelman
We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust by Jacob Boas


Elementary School age and up  – Open with a question: “What would you do” in the shoes of someone persecuted for their faith?  

Middle School age and up  

  • Take the Holocaust Questionnaire to help students gain context and perspective on the events that took place starting from just before 1933 to events that took place after 1945.    
  • Brain Pop and Daniel’s Story (from United States Holocaust Museum) are good ways to introduce the Holocaust. 

Teens, Young Adults, and Adults
Read the poem Take This Giant Leap by Sonia Weitz and answer attached questions.