If you'd like to bring the story of Passover to life either at your family's seder or inside your classroom, try having the kids put on a Passover puppet show. The story of the Jews escaping Egypt is an exciting one, and a puppet show allows kids to interact with the story and it's characters. This year, let the children help tell the story, instead of just listening!
Here are some tips for putting on the perfect Passover puppet show:
Do your research:
Before you begin to teach the story of the Passover to children, you need to make sure that you are familiar with it. The best thing to do is to pick up a haggadah, the traditional book used at the Jewish seder (the ceremonial Passover meal), that tells the story of the Exodus. Many different types of haggadahs exist, including formal texts, feminist versions, and haggadahs written specifically for children. Reading different accounts of the famous biblical tale will allow you to explore different perspectives on the story and then recount it according to your own values or your children's interests. For example, if you are teaching the story to a bunch of young girls, you may want to stress the importance of Moses's mother and sister, who saved his life by placing him in a basket on the Nile river. If you are teaching the story to a group of older children, you may want to stress that the Jews were slaves in Egypt, and then draw parallels to modern slavery or prejudice.
Write a short script:
Instead of giving children the puppets and telling them to "wing it," it is best to write a script to keep things organized. This way you can make sure to include all the important points of the story, and you can assign one character or more to each child in an efficient way. Just remember to keep the script short and action packed, to hold the attention of children taking part in the performance and children who are just watching. You may also want to include some non-speaking parts for younger children who can't yet read, but still want to take part in the activity.