This is no April Fool’s Joke! Passover is just around the corner, April 14th, and it’s time to start planning The Seder, the traditional meal commemorating the Jewish holiday.
For kids, The Seder can be extremely long dinner service and often times, children have no clue what is going on. But there are ways to incorporate your children into the holiday so they too can at least know about the traditions and have a deeper understanding.
Consider creating a Haggada and have your child draw pictures of the different aspects of Passover before hand.
They can use crayons and draw themselves reading the 4 Questions, create a picture of the Seder plate that has them looking for the Afikomen.
The afikomen (or half of a piece of matzah) is hidden by the head of the household, and when it’s time for dessert it’s tradition that the children hunt for the afikomen and return it in exchange for money or a small prize. The afikomen helps children stay involved (and awake!) during the meal, knowing that their part in finding the afikomen is coming soon and that there is a reward for it once found – a prize and dessert!
The kids can then put the pictures of their visual interpretation of 4 questions in order together and bind with rings or string. During the actual dinner, kids can use their own Haggadah at the Seder to help them be involved on a level that they understand.
Finally, another way to get your children involved is to have them help create some aspects of the Seder meal. From our friends at Carrington Farms, an organic and healthy foods company, enjoy this is a Fried Matzoh recipe which is a twist on a traditional omelet.
2 sheets of Matzoh, broken into pieces soaked in milk
2 eggs, beaten
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon Carrington Farms coconut oil
Soak matzoh in milk, drain milk and add eggs and mix well.
Melt Carrington Farms coconut oil in pan
Add matzoh and egg mixture and fry like an omelet, turn and fry each side 5 minutes
Garnish with Carrington Farms flax, jelly, cinnamon, etc