“I love you, Blood Buddy,” came a sweet croon from the back of the car, “I looooove blood!”
Way to perpetuate a stereotype, kid.
And at Passover, too. As my friend Joanna P. would say, “and that is how you make a blood libel joke, Sarah Palin.” Although, maybe she wouldn’t. Joanna P. is right this moment trying to remove an entire jar of Mod Podge from her carpet, so I can’t know for sure.
All I do know for sure is that blood and Jews and Passover are a tricky trinity, and that my Jewish child is in a booster seat singing love songs to a plush blood drop clutched to his cheek. Continue reading
if you think a LEGO coffin is creepy, stop reading now.
DIY death toys….
I already wrote about how to assemble a collection of plague toys for the seder, and how to refashion a matzah box to house them. Each guest can use a box during the Maggid section of the haggadah.
I’m rather fond of plague toys and their power to make the Exodus story more hands-on, real and memorable. Continue reading
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Plagues toy assembly line. The kids sort and fill each Box O’ Plague before each seder.
In DIY Passover Plagues Box, I gave reasons and instructions for a kid-created seder activity: a box of plagues toys. You can keep the toys in a bin and pull them out every year, adding to and tweaking the selection as your kids grow. Preferably, they do the adding and tweaking with you.
Our favorite way to store and use the toys is in a home-made Box o’ Plagues, created from an empty matzah box.
With a scissors and a few pieces of tape, you’ll have a box with a lid, ready to put at each place setting (if you calmly use the boxes at the table, finding and holding up each toy in turn) or to give to each person as you prepare to throw things in the living room (Ancient Egypt).
By the way, transforming an ordinary matzah box, which opens at the narrow flaps Continue reading
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DIY plague Toys
DIY Passover Plagues Box and Dramatic Re-enaction
A kid-created seder activity.
Everything about the seder is designed to teach kids. Symbolic foods, the four questions, songs, Rabbinic lessons and the many discrepancies therein: eating yet more matzah for dessert (afikomen), leaning on pillows at the table, all that dipping? But usually, seders are so long and boring not much learning goes on, except learning that seders are long and boring.
Re-enacting the plagues can make seders more educational and fun. We are commanded to think of ourselves as slaves in Egypt: toys, props and simple costumes facilitate this leap of the imagination.
You can make this as simple as pulling out a plague toy and holding it up as each plague is recited, or you can go all out and re-enact with a Moses, Pharaoh, Israelites and Ancient Egyptians.
But, you might wonder, should plagues be fun? I avoid Haman punching bags Continue reading
Plague. How many frogs does one girl need?
I never actually claimed to be a balabusta. I said it was a title to which I aspired. So I can admit the following:
Until yesterday, all the Passover stuff was STILL OUT. We’ve been stepping over frogs and matzah trays and Miriam cups and place cards every day for weeks. I did put the Passover dishes away on time, but the decorations just got shoved towards the attic door and stayed, dust bunnies eddying between the mounds of plague toys, cardboard pyramids, and Lego mummies. Continue reading