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.
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.
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.