A giveaway. I don’t usually do giveaways because they they give me shpilkes, but last year I did two: my DIY LEGO dreidel kits, and the best Afikoman present ever: ChaiKids.com’s Moses and Pharaoh Action Figure Set.
I have a soft spot for ChaiKids.com because they were the first good, kid-centered Jewish catalog way back when I was new at all this. They are still going strong, as their carefully curated offerings reflect. Here’s the mission statement:
Chai Kids looks for, and sometimes creates ourselves, the very best products available so children can experience the joy of the holidays and everyday Jewish life. We specialize in dramatic and creative play.
And, they tuck a thank-you note into each package so that the kid who gets the goodies can send polite acknowledgement to the giver. Such good manners.
Today, ChaiKids is offering a neat Passover game to a lucky reader at BibleBeltBalabusta: the Passover Seder Matching Game.
It’s by Pigment & Hue, the folks who publish Why We Celebrate Passover, the picture book I use most often in classroom Show and Tells and with younger students. I reviewed it last year, here.
The game consists of 48 thick cards, matzah on one side and matching illustrations on the other (24 images from the book).
When viewed in order, as on the back of the game box, the images present the whole story of Passover, from Joseph (why the Hebrews were in Egypt in the first place) to our modern-day seders.
THE GAME: The Passover Seder Matching Game is a variation on the good ol’ Memory or Concentration idea: pairs of cards mixed up, face-down on a table get flipped over in turn, and players try to remember where a particular card was seen last. My Kindergartener beats the heck out of me at memory games, so bad that I wonder if I need Ginko supplements. (If you are totally new at this, I’ve typed the game rules below.)
THE GAME AT THE SEDER: I predict my family will use the game during the loooong, 8 day Passover week, to stave off holiday ennui and intrusive thoughts of kitniyot, but it’s designed as a seder enrichment tool.
Here are some ideas:
- Game on the table (kids): Kids can play the Matching Game on the table or floor while the grownups keep going back for more food.
- Big Seder IceBreaker (all ages): each guest gets a card and has to find their match.
- Storytelling (all ages): Give each guest a card have everyone “tell” their bit of the story.
VOCAB: Teachers like Memory games because vocabulary gets a workout if players holler out the name of whatever is pictured. For example, saying Maror every time you see the card is an easy way to say Maror over and over. The more you play, the more you say, the more you might actually remember. And boy, are we supposed to remember the story of the Exodus.
A SEQUENCING HACK: Vocab is cool, but where I really see this game shining is as a Sequencing Activity. As I said, the game cards are the story of Passover and why/how we celebrate it. Kids can put all 24 cards in order. (More than one right order is possible, since the seder section recaps elements of the Passover story, but you’ll see what I mean in the photo above.) For younger kids, I might remove a few cards.
And, apologies to the publisher, but I’m going to hot-glue a magnet to the back of each card, so kids can manipulate them on a giant white board. Can you tell I’m a Sunday School teacher? The modified cards on a mobile white board could be a station at a Passover fair / workshop / family program / synagogue seder.
GIVEAWAY RULES: Want to win the game? Enter by leaving a friendly comment below or on the relevant Facebook post.
As last year, it would be groovy if your comment included a Passover idea / book / activity to engage kids at a seder. Then, we can all learn from each other.
Help me show Chai Kids this is worth their time and toys by spreading the word, please. Share this post via Facebook or Twitter, retweet the Twitter announcement (@BBBalabusta), or comment here.
Alas, we must limit entries to addresses within the 48 contiguous U.S. states.
I’ll select one winner at random, and then Chai Kids will ship the Passover Seder Matching Game well in time for the first seder.
The winner will be selected Monday, March 18th.
If you win, your address will remain confidential, I promise.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Good luck!
How To Play (says the box): Place the cards face down on a flat surface. Each player turns over two cards to try to find a match. If the cards match, the player takes another turn and continues until the cards don’t match. Then the next player takes a turn. When all the pairs have been found, the player with the most pairs win.
Links to a few of the Passover goodies at ChaiKids.com:
Moses and Pharaoh action figure set (one set)
Moses and Pharaoh action figure set (sale on 6 sets)
Kid’s Egyptian headgear for seder and dramatic play (scroll down)
Toy frogs, plagues toys, seder Bingo, puppets, etc.
The book: Why We Celebrate Passover