Passover time is upon us and it's an important time of year to be with family and enjoy a meal rich with tradition.
Sometimes the seder can be long and a bit boring for kids, so we have several ways to get the kids involved and included in preparing the decorations, making gifts for guest, acting out the story and even dressing up like the 10 plagues of Egypt!
1. Ask guests to dress up like the plagues;
Wear red for "blood".
Wear green to be a frog or buy plastic frogs and attach them to your clothes.
Dress up as a cow for the cattle plague.
Mess up your hair and put lice combs in it for lice plague.
Dog flies can be represented by dressing up as a dog and wearing a flea collar around your wrist.
Boils can be created using makeup on your face and arms.
Buy plastic bugs from the dollar store and pin them to your clothes for locusts.
Hail can be fun by using styrofoam balls and attaching them with velcro to clothes and hair.
Wear black for "Darkness".
Pretend to be pregnant or bring a baby doll for "First born son".
Ask your guests to stand up when their "plague" is talked about in Hagaddah.
Using plants in your house, add red "flames" with tissue paper for the Burning Bush.
Buy blue plastic shower curtains at the dollar store to "part" the sea at your doorway (add fish and sea creatures for fun!)
Make a diorama telling the Passover story.
Make baby Moses or use baby dolls to show him in the basket.
Decorate the table with frogs, hail, locusts, etc. to demonstrate the 10 Plagues.
3. Get the kids to make their own seder plates. Here are 11 different ways to make a special plate using paper plates, tissue paper, mod podge and even denture cream!
4. Get one child each year to help hide the afikoman and get the others to make a list of where they plan to check! Get even more creative by making maps to find it during the Seder!
5. Bake matzoh treats with the kids!
7. Decorate a glass for Elijah and for each guest at the table.
1. Start with a plastic wine glass or goblet, which you can buy at a party supply store or dollar store. Older kids might want to use a real wine glass found at the dollar store.
2. Let kids decorate the glass with rhinestones, glitter, glitter glue, sequins and stickers to embellish it. Be sure to write Elijah's name on one glass.
While there only needs to be one cup for Elijah, each child can make his own drinking container for the traditional four cups of wine (or in their case, grape juice) during the Seder meal. Just make sure the embellishments are not too close to the top of the cup.
Ideas inspired by Jill Berman.
We wish you and your family a Happy Passover!