The Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated with a seder, a large family meal where the food is carefully chosen according to tradition to communicate the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt. The children play an active role in the Passover seder, asking and listening as their parents share the Passover story.
Fun and Educational Jewish Passover Crafts for the Seder Table
A perfect fun and educational craft for the Passover seder table is a clay on glass Kiddish cup. This cup can be used as the vessel traditionally set out in anticipation of the arrival of the prophet Elijah. The tradition of setting out a cup of wine at the Passover seder for the prophet Elijah stems from controversy over whether four or five cups of wine, representing expressions of deliverance, should be drunk on Passover. In true scholarly Talmudic style, the rabbis agreed on a compromise. 5 cups of wine are set out at the Passover seder but the particpants drink only 4. The 5th cup of wine is reserved for the prophet Elijah who will appear before the Messiah does and whom the rabbis expect will definitively declare the correct number of cups of wine to be drunk at Passover.
Click on the highlighted words for instructions for making a clay on glass Kiddish cup to be set out for the prophet Elijah.
Kids may also enjoy decorating the Passover seder table by creating fun and educational placemats or covers for the matzoh. Akhlah.com provides Passover craft instructions for placemats and matzoh covers.
At Chabad.org, find step by step instructions for kids to have fun stirring up the Charoset for the Passover seder. How better to teach the significance of the foods on the table at Passover than to let the kids participate in making them?
Fun and Educational Jewish Passover Activities for Kids
Thorough housecleaning in anticipation of Passover is an integral part of the holiday preparations. Chabad.org presents an I Shpy game to get kids in the spirit of cleaning up their rooms for Passover. It may be a stretch to call the housecleaning fun and educational, but the I Shpy game is.
The Almighty is said to have shown the Egyptian Pharoah the necessity of freeing the enslaved Israelites by imposing on them 10 plagues, recounted in the Passover story. A fun and educational approach to learning about the 10 plagues is the 10 Plagues gamewhich divides the children into teams, each of which acts out one of the Plagues.
Fun and Educational Jewish Passover Printable Coloring Pages for Kids
For young children, fun and educational printable coloring pages retelling the Passover story can be found here and here.
This fun and educational printable story book describes the plagues.
These fun and educational printable coloring pages show the different foods consumed at the Passover seder.
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