Passover is a Jewish festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days, usually in late March or early April, according to the Jewish lunar calendar. Between crafts to preparation and rituals during the Seder, kids can play a huge part in the Passover celebration.
The central ritual of Passover is the Seder, a ceremonial meal that takes place on the first two nights of the festival. The Seder is a time for family and friends to come together to retell the story of the Exodus and to give thanks for the freedom that the Israelites gained.
Passover Crafts for Kids
There are many fun and creative Passover crafts that children can make to celebrate the holiday. Here are some ideas:
- Matzo Cover: Children can decorate a cloth or paper matzo cover with markers, fabric paint, or appliques to make it special for the Seder table.
- Seder Plate: Using materials such as cardboard, construction paper, or clay, children can create their own Seder plates with labeled sections for the traditional Passover foods.
- Plague Puppets: Children can make puppets or finger puppets of the ten plagues of Egypt using craft supplies such as felt, yarn, or pipe cleaners.
- Miriam’s Tambourine: Inspired by the biblical character of Miriam, who is said to have led the Israelites in song and dance after their escape from Egypt, children can create their own tambourines using paper plates and bells.
- Haggadah Illustrations: Children can use art supplies such as colored pencils, markers, or watercolors to illustrate the story of Passover as it is told in the Haggadah.
These crafts can be a fun way to involve children in the Passover celebration and help them to better understand the meaning and significance of the holiday.
Symbolic Foods Eaten During the Seder
During the Seder, a number of symbolic foods are eaten, each of which has a special meaning:
- Matzo: This is unleavened bread, which is eaten to commemorate
- the haste with which the Israelites left Egypt, without time for their bread to rise.
- Maror: This is a bitter herb, usually horseradish, which represents the bitterness of slavery.
- Charoset: This is a sweet mixture of apples, nuts, and wine, which symbolizes the mortar that the Israelites used to make bricks in Egypt.
- Karpas: This is a vegetable, usually parsley or celery, which is dipped in saltwater to represent the tears of the Israelites.
- Zeroa: This is a roasted lamb shank bone, which is a reminder of the la
- mb that the Israelites sacrificed and ate on the eve of their departure from Egypt.
Other typical dishes served during the Passover meal include matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, brisket, roasted chicken, and various vegetable dishes. Some families also have their own traditional recipes for Passover, which have been passed down through the generations.
Celebrating the Seder With Kids
Passover is a holiday that is rich in traditions, and there are many special activities and rituals that are designed to involve children in the celebration. Here are some Passover traditions for children:
- The Four Questions: During the Seder, the youngest child at the table is typically asked to recite the Four Questions, which begin with “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This is a way of engaging children in the Seder and encouraging them to ask questions about the holiday.
- Searching for the Afikomen: The Afikomen is a piece of matzo that is broken and hidden during the Seder, and children are encouraged to search for it after the meal. The child who finds the Afikomen is usually rewarded with a prize or a small gift.
- Making Matzo: Many families have a tradition of making their own matzo, and children can help with the preparation by mixing the dough and rolling it out.
- Singing Passover Songs: There are many traditional Passover songs, such as “Dayenu” and “Chad Gadya,” that are sung during the Seder. Children can learn these songs and sing along with the rest of the family.
- Creating Passover Crafts: Children can make Passover-related crafts, such as a matzo cover, a Seder plate, or a paper chain to represent the plagues of Egypt.
Passover is a holiday that offers many opportunities for children to participate and engage with the traditions and rituals of the holiday. Have a wonderful family celebration!