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  • Making Passover Interesting for Children
  • Kate Findlay
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Making Passover Interesting for Children

Passover is celebrated in April by Jewish communities all over the world. At this time Jewish people remember how the children of Israel left slavery behind them when they were led out of Egypt by Moses over 3000 years ago. Children will learn about the ten plagues Moses threatened would come down on Egypt if the Israelites were not set free. 

Here are some great ideas for things that you can make and do with children on the theme of ten plagues over the 8 days of the feast.

Blood - Find a selection of red beads and some thin cord or cotton. Children will love to make make jewellery in this vibrant colour. Perhaps they could make a bracelet for their mum. Boys might like to make key chains or back-pack dangles with red beads instead. To take it a step further you may like to source some different charms relevant to the story. This lovely murano glass bead bracelet is perfect for inspiration
 
Frogs - Time to get active! Especially fun if the sun is shining and you can get outside however you can play this game with little ones indoors too. Simply cut out some green circles from coloured paper and lay out a trail for the kids to jump like a frog from circle to circle. If you are going to join in too for some great fun exercise, make the rule that adults have to jump 3 circles at a time. 
 
Lice - Using a pencil draw out the traditional Jewish star shape on various pieces of coloured paper and let children spread a thin trail of glue over the shape of the star. Sprinkle grains of rice over the star shape to represent the plague of lice.

Wild Beasts - A great idea for creative hands and an activity that will need close supervision for younger children. Choose an animal, perhaps a lion or other wild beast they like and cut out the full body and head shape or just the head shape from felt or material. Sew it together to create a cuddly toy or 'animal face' mini cushion adding buttons for the eyes. Make sure you have everything you need to hand with a great sewing kit like this one 

Cattle - Have some fun making masks from paper plates. You could use paper, tissue paper, coloured pens or paint to decorate your 'cattle' masks and carefully cut out eye holes. Add some string or elastic so the children can wear them whilst discussing the story.

Boils - You could get some plant pots or even old food containers that you have kept and cleaned out for this great make. Children will love to decorate the containers with spots of different sizes and using different materials. Use a combination of markers, paint, felt and paper cut out circles and use rolled up tissue paper to create some 3D spots to glue on to the pots.

Hail - Kids will enjoy making rolled up white tissue paper balls and playing a game throwing them into the decorated pots. You could hold a piece of paper above your head like an umbrella and let the children tip the paper hail stones over you. They always have fun tipping things over an adult's head and it is a great way to engage them in the story. 
 
Locusts - A perfect opportunity to go outdoors and discover creatures in the garden or park. You could make a list of all the little creatures you might be able to find and then tick each one off the list as you see it. There may not be a plague of authentic locusts in the garden however children will love to learn about other little creatures such as beautiful bees. 
 
Darkness - Time for another fun game. Blindfold each child in turn with a tea towel or folded up pillow case. Fill a bag or pillow case with different safe items from around the home and let the children guess what they are. Perhaps one of the items could be a torch so they are never caught out in the dark.

Slaying of First Born - Perhaps remembering the slaying of the 'first born' part of the story could inspire planting some spring bulbs to represent new life. Children love being involved in planting bulbs in soil whether you use plant pots and indoor blooms or go outside into the garden. Maybe you would like to try growing some vegetables or herbs. 
  • Kate Findlay
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