So how was your Passover Seder – or both of your Sedarim? And what were your Seder discoveries this year?
We had a blast. When you have a 5-year-old, 7-year-old, and 9-year-old, along with a teenager and various cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, how can you not have a great time?!
Passover Play - Coming 2020
For next year, I hope to share the Passover play that we’ve done every year – with modifications – for the last five years. We all get up from the table as we begin the Maggid (telling) portion of the Seder, moving from “Egypt” to “Midian” to “Egypt” to the desert – through the Red Sea, of course!
I did get fair warning that our Red Sea will probably need to be recreated for next year.
Our 7-year-old asked to be Moses. Wearing a big white shirt of mine and carrying his staff (a big blue pool noodle!), he did a great job. He kept practicing his one line and delivered it right on cue.
The very grown up-seeming 9-year-old opted to be one of the main narrators!
Big Discovery for Our 5-Year-Old
Our big discovery was truly an aha moment. Of course, I like to use our Passover Seder Steps Follow-Along games because I think they truly help younger (and older) guests follow the journey. But we had such a beautiful large group, I didn’t have room to place the 8-1/2 x 11 pages flat on the table.
My daughter came up with THE solution. Using painter’s tape, we affixed one of the boards to the wall near the 5-year-old’s chair, adding Velcro dots to the steps and one of the red pawns, so that the board took up zero table space. (We could have added more of them on walls around the room, too.)
The somewhat reluctant 5-year-old took his seat at the table, hoping against hope that we would have spaghetti for dinner. (We did not.) So he was just a tad glum and didn’t know what was coming. An intimidating beginning.
I asked if he’d like to move the red pawn from space to space on the Passover Seder Steps Follow-Along board. He considered this for a moment. I told him that his 7-year-old cousin would give big slap to the tambourine to let him know when it was time to move the pawn.
Wow! The 7-year-old LOVED his job, too, and made sure HE was the one to beat the tambourine, at which point 5-year-old happily hopped out of his chair and moved the pawn. Already a reader, he even had questions about the steps. Like, “why are there two steps where you wash your hands?”
When 5-year-old was leaving for the evening, he said to Mom and Dad, “can we come back tomorrow?”
Last Call – Passover Seder Steps – 25% off through May
To use an expression I learned long ago, my current best thinking is that 2019 is the last season we will be selling hard copies of the Passover Seder Steps Follow-Along, now at Amazon. So I’ve reduced the price by 25%. Good through May 23rd (or until supplies run out).
As we move through these last days of Passover, Chag Sameach!