Create a Seder Plate

My four-year-old son, Nathan, has suddenly become very handy with scissors! He literally sits for hours cutting -- cutting anything he can get his hands on, from magazines, catalogs (we got LOTS over the holidays!), pictures he printed out from the computer, coloring books, etc. He's saving all the pieces to do collages… one of these days! I don't dare throw out any of these pieces. Children always seem to ask for the one thing you quietly disposed of in their absence!

Well, with Passover approaching, I thought why not make a seder plate out of all this "stuff" around the house!

Materials Needed:

  • Children's safety scissors
  • Adult scissors (just in case you need them)
  • Old magazines, catalogs, etc.
  • One large piece of oak tag or cardboard (from Dad's shirts or an old box)
  • One roll of contact paper (clear covering)
  • Construction paper (use the back of already used pieces)
  • Paper plate
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Tissue paper (everyone's got extra in their closet somewhere!)
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Crayons and markers
  • Imagination!

Items on a Passover Seder Plate:

  • Shank bone -- representing the lamb's blood that the Jews put over their doorway so that the angel of death would "pass over" their home
  • Roasted egg -- representing birth
  • Parsley -- representing spring, new growth
  • Salt water -- representing the slaves' tears
  • Horseradish/bitter herb -- representing the bitterness the slaves endured
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