One of the big questions (aside from the Four Big Ones) is how to keep the kids engaged during the Seder. It can be hard for adults and children to sit for a long time – especially if they don’t know what’s coming. And we want them to have interesting experiences that create positive memories.
We address this in our “Celebrate Passover: How to Plan a Fun, Simple Seder” – available for immediate download for just $3.99, our special introductory price. 36 pages of ideas and tips to make your Seder easier on you, more joyful for the family. Just click here. Now, this is available to buyers around the world. So please forward this to your friends and family around the globe!
This Week’s Tip – Plan Ahead to Keep Kids Engaged
In “Celebrate Passover,” we describe several parts of the Seder that are especially exciting for the kids. If you let them know what’s coming, they will be more likely to stay with you.
We described the mini-Seder plate activity in last week’s blog post. Aside from all the benefits we talked about before (like the kids learning the meaning of the symbols, saving Seder time, and reducing the probability of “hangry” kiddoes), if the kids help build those mini-Seder plates, they feel pride at having helped. And every time the Seder leader calls to take a Seder symbol from that plate, they can feel a strong connection to that action.
Another way to involve the children is through a hand-washing ritual in which the kids get UP from the table, always good during a long evening. You will need two children – one to carry the water in a pitcher and one to carry a bowl to pour it into. If you have a third child who really needs a role, he/she could carry a hand towel. This comes at step 2, Urchatz.
In our home, the search for the Afikomen is definitely a highlight. Our grands try to keep an eye on Grandpa at every moment, so that they will see when he leaves the table to hide the Afikomen! And yet, every year, he does manage to slip away unseen!
Another moment to emphasize is opening the door for the Prophet Elijah, step #13. We give out this task as an honor!
Make Your Table Festive and Kid-Friendly
Of course, it’s also great to have a table that is a visual feast with little frogs (there are both jumping and non-jumping varieties), statuettes of Moses and Pharoah, and stuffed Seder toys.
You’ll have to gauge whether the popular bags o’ plagues will be good for your kiddoes or creep them out.
If you don’t want the truly icky plagues, you can add “tamer” plagues, like ping pong balls as hail.
We also like to add a Miriam’s cup to the table and flowers, when we have the space.
And, of course, our Passover Seder Steps Follow-Along is a wonderful device to let everyone at the Seder see the progress along the journey from leaving Egypt!
This year, you can get the Passover Seder Steps Follow-Along in three ways:
In our new Passover 4-Part Super Bundle (game + recipes + how-tos + audio tutorial). Save 30% off at checkout with code HappyPassover. Limited time. Learn more.
2. As a hard copy game from Amazon (as long as supplies last) for $11.99
3. Or as a downloadable from our Passover page for $3.99.