Passover or Pesach, is the highest celebration in the Jewish Hebrew calendar. Passover is an eight day holiday, beginning with two days of no work, four days of limited work and ending with two days of no work. The passover celebration includes several Seder meals, with roast lamb, bitter herbs and matzo bread. Passover commemorates the passing over of the angel of death during the ten plagues of Egypt. God punished the Egyptians for the enslavement of the Hebrews. First born male infants were to die unless the blood of a lamb was put on the lintels and door posts. Passover, or Pesach, is part of Christian calendar as well; it was at their passover meal that Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist or communion.
Passover is a floating holiday in that it doesn’t fall on the same date every year. In the Jewish Hebrew calendar Passover falls in the month of Nissan. In the Gregorian or western calendar, Passover falls in March or April. In 2009, Passover will take places on April 9-16. Here are free printable activities to explore the Passover. Use these for classroom instruction, homeschool, religious education and Hebrew school.
Homeschooling.About.com has nine free printable Passover puzzles and lessons: crossword, word search, Passover lesson and mazes. http://homeschooling.about.com/od/holidays/ss/passoverprint.htm
Kaboose has three free printable Passover puzzles. Listed on the same page is a link for Passover Mazes. I’ve tried that link several times and was unable to open the mazes. http://printables.kaboose.com/holidays/passover/passover-word.html
Party Supplies Hut is a wonderful resource for free printable party activities. Here is a link to dozens of free printable Passover party games, puzzles, mazes, word searches, crossword puzzles, word scrambles, coloring pages and other activities. There are free printable Passover party decorations, name cards, party invitations and party supplies. Party Supply Hut is a definite must to bookmark for all your party needs; the site has hundreds of free printable party supplies for all different party themes. Party Supplies Hut also lists dozens of crafts for Passover. http://partysupplieshut.com/passover/passover-party-games.htm#PrintablePartyGames
Whether your family is Hebrew, Christian, Muslim or other ideology, the Passover celebration is an important part of history. Homeschoolers will want to explore the Passover celebration We can learn about Passover and from our Jewish friends. Use these free printable lesson plans as part of world history studies or world religion class. Explore the Seder meal in its significance. Use these for your Jewish Passover party, or host a Passover celebration in your classroom. What a wonderful way to celebrate diversity and multi-cultural-ism!