Passover Traditions: Put on a Passover Play

  • Prophet Elijah
  • Charoses
  • Plagues
  • Roasted Egg
  • Afikomen (the piece of matzoh hidden by a parent to be found by the child)

Put the words into a hat or bowl, and then have each child pick a piece of paper. Whisper to them what it says if they can't read. Then have them try to act out what they are. If no one can guess, begin to ask questions. For example, if they are trying to pretend they are a piece of matzoh, ask them if they are something to eat. Keep asking questions and having them act out the word they picked until someone guesses. Other useful questions might include, "Am I a person?" "Do I appear on the seder plate?" Try to ask only yes or no questions. Use scarves or hats to help enhance the characters if you'd like.

If it's only you and your child playing, you can each pick a word and tell each other what or who you are and see how the two can interact with each other. For example, if one of you is Moses and the other is the Red Sea, Moses can raise his arms to part the Red Sea. The Sea can then find a way to move his or her body to show how it might part.

Older children can make up longer scenes together using the different "characters."

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