8 Passover Activities to Do With Your Kids
Do you want fun and interesting ways to teach your kids about Passover?
Has anyone in your family ever asked, “What is Passover?”
The editors of My Kids’ Adventures searched the Internet for activities that you can do with your kids to prepare for Passover and learn more about this holiday that’s full of tradition and history.
In this article I’ll share eight Passover recipes and activities you can do with your kids to celebrate the holiday.
Why Celebrate Passover?
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is the Jewish celebration commemorating the Israelites’ release from slavery in Egypt.
When is Passover? Passover is on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, and takes place over 8 days (7 days in Israel). Since the Hebrew calendar is different than the solar calendar that most people use, the date changes every year, but it’s always in early spring.
Passover is steeped in tradition, and there are lots of things you can do to celebrate the holiday with your family.
Passover begins with a Seder, which is a combination meal and service, on the first two nights. Jewish holidays start at night and go from sundown to sundown.
During the Seder, families read through the Haggadah, which tells the story of Passover. During the Seder, they say prayers, sing songs (the youngest child sings the four questions), drink wine or juice and eat special foods.
In honor of the eight days of Passover, here are eight Passover recipes and activities you and your kids can do to prepare for and celebrate the holiday.
#1: What Is Passover?
The best way to learn about and prepare for Passover is to share the story with your kids.
On JewishBoston.com, Kathy Bloomfield has a great article listing the best Passover books for kids.
On OurJewishCommunity.org, Rabbi Laura Baum leads a condensed version of the Passover Seder, and includes simple and sometimes humorous explanations.
Rabbi Laura Baum leads a 3-minute version of the Passover Seder.
This video from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network has the Passover story told by kids. It’s mostly accurate. They took a little creative license by adding things like aliens, but they have the gist of the story.
Here’s the Passover story told by kids.
The best way to get your kids excited about Passover is to read or watch the story together, so they learn the traditions and history behind the holiday.
#2: Do “The Big Clean”
To prepare for Passover, families who keep kosher remove all the Chametz (foods that are not allowed during Passover) from their home.
When the Israelites left Egypt, they didn’t have time for their bread to rise, so they took unleavened bread. This is why, during Passover, Jewish families only eat foods like matzah that are kosher for Passover.
#3: Make an Afikoman Bag
Since the matzah cover does not require any sewing—the instructions call for fabric glue—it’s a super-easy project. Each of your kids can make his or her own or they can work on one together.
Shalom Sesame presents “Les Matzorables.”
Here’s a fun video from Sesame Street’s Shalom Sesame, which is a fun look at searching for matzah.
#4: Construct a Seder Plate
The Seder plate holds the symbolic foods that go along with the service in the Haggadah.
This is an easy craft for kids of all ages and one you can use when discussing the story of Passover. Plus, felt food never spoils.
Younger kids will love this printable Seder plate download from The Design Pocket on Kveller. And older kids may enjoy making this more intricate, crafty and functional Passover Seder plate by Gina Provenzano (ParentDish) that you can use on your holiday table.
#5: Make Passover Plague Crafts
When the Pharaoh wouldn’t let the Israelites leave Egypt, 10 plagues were sent, each one increasing in severity, until he “let them go.”
The best thing about this craft is you have two options: print out the pictures in color or print the black-and-white version and have your kids color them. Obviously, you can also do both.
#6: Make a Passover Dessert
Just because you can’t use yeast in your Passover cooking doesn’t mean there’s no dessert!
Everyone loves chocolate and this chocolate fondue recipe is easy as can be. Have younger kids arrange on plates the goodies for dipping, while you—perhaps with the help of an older child—do a quick prep of the chocolate.
Macaroons are a popular Passover dessert for obvious reasons: they don’t use flour or baking soda, so there’s nothing to rise.
This recipe for Forgotten Macaroons is magical. You bake the macaroons, leave them in the oven overnight and in the morning, they are good to go. You can also dip them in chocolate sauce.
#7: Decorate a Cup for Elijah
As part of the setup for the Passover Seder, families put out a cup of wine for the prophet Elijah. Toward the end of the Seder, they open the door and let Elijah in as a symbolic gesture.
Just wind different-colored string around a cup and use craft glue to make it stick. Then decorate with gems. This craft allows for a lot of creativity in colors and design.
Here’s an easy cup-decorating option for younger kids from New Jersey Family.
#8: Make Passover Pizza
Grab your ingredients, prepare the crusts and have your kids do the toppings. Pizza is a great meal to prepare as a family, and with this version you can even eat pizza during Passover.
Some Final Thoughts…
Passover is one of the more serious Jewish holidays. It’s a long holiday with lots of history and tradition. Find ways to prepare for the holiday as a family so you make the experience memorable for everyone. Remember, the more you involve your kids in the process, the more they will enjoy Passover.
What do you think? How will you celebrate Passover with your kids? What foods and crafts are you making? Please share your ideas and your photos in the comments.
Debra Eckerling is an editor at My Kids Adventures. The creator of Write On Online, a website and community for writers, Debra helps individuals define, plan and achieve their goals. Other posts by Debra Eckerling »