What Is Passover?
Tips to Keep the Seder Kid-Friendly
By Cara J. Stevens
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Holding a kid-friendly Passover Seder is easy! Here’s how to get everyone involved for an evening of fun for the whole family.
- Get the family involved with special crafts and printables.
- Make sure everyone eats a light meal or appetizers before the Seder. Hungry participants have more trouble focusing and sitting still.
- Pick up stickers, tattoos and dollar store toys and hand them out to children throughout the Seder as prizes for answering questions correctly or asking good questions.
- Gather props to hand out at different times in the service, such as finger puppets or props representing the ten plagues and toy animals for the song "Chad Gadya."
- Interrupt the service when you see you’re losing your audience to ask questions that will bring them back in. Hold up items on the Seder plate and ask children to guess their meaning, and have them taste the salt water, bitter herbs, or matzah and ask them what it symbolizes.
- Search online for silly songs and stories to include in the service. Ask older children to write their own songs or put on plays to illustrate the story. You can replace parts of the Hagaddah with these interpretations.