Circles of Welcome Presents: So You’re Going to a Seder
Thu, Apr 4, 7–9 pm, $30
DOROT Passover Package Delivery on the Upper West Side
Sun, Apr 7, 10 am–1 pm
DOROT Passover Package Delivery on the Upper East Side
Sun, Apr 7, 10 am–1 pm
Adaptations 40+ Passover Seder
Sat, Apr 13, 6:30–8 pm, $18
Infants and Young Children Passover Celebration
Wed, Apr 17, 3:15–4 pm, Free
Passover Gluten-Free Baking
Wed, Apr 17, 7–9:30 pm, $85/$95
Out at the J Queer Passover Seder
Fri, Apr 19, 6–9 pm, $50
Second Night Seder with Romemu
Sat, Apr 20, 6:30–11 pm, $95/$110
Adaptations Passover-Themed Movie Night In
Wed, Apr 24, 6–8 pm, $5
Passover Activities for Children and Families
Compiled by Mara Braunfeld, Director of The Bert and Sandra Wasserman Center for Family Life and Director of Programs for Infants + Young Children
Passover is the quintessential holiday for experiential education, filled with opportunities to engage children of all ages. The symbols and themes of the holiday can give way to sensory play for young children and meaningful questions and discussions for older children. Adults can get in on all the fun too!
Enlist everyone’s help in cleaning and preparing for the holiday. If you clean your home for Passover or just “spring cleaning,” involve young children in their own dramatic play that lets them model what they see you doing! Toy kitchens, cleaning sets, and encouraging them to sort food are all examples.
For the whole family, try doing a traditional or modern bedikat chametz (search for leavened food products) and collect all the items that we don’t eat during Passover. When I was growing up, my parents would take nickel-sized pieces of bread and wrap them in a napkinâ€"like a little pouchâ€"and hide them in our home. My siblings and I would go on a treasure hunt to find them all!
Brush up on the holiday’s symbols, stories, and songs in these wonderful videos from Bim Bam! These are great resources for kids of all ages as well as for adults.
Practice singing Ma Nishtanah (the four questions) with this great video from Joanie Leeds
Decorate a matzah cover or afikoman bag. You can use fabric or felt as the base and decorate with anything you can find! Natural materials that evoke the connection of the holiday to springtime would make for especially beautiful creations.
Make charoset from a favorite family recipe, or try making different versions from around the Jewish world.
If you’re hosting a seder, enlist older children’s help in leading parts (or all) of it. In my family, we had the tradition of the children leading second seder. When we were in early elementary school, that meant things like doing a puppet show to tell the story of Passover and being the ones to hide the afikoman for the adults to find! As my siblings and I grew up, our leadership of the seder evolved to include more.
Your Passover “Library”
Check out this collection of PJ Library books for Passover!
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