The LEGO minifigs are jealous. This time, we’ve made a seder plate sized for the big people.
The Six-Holer (above), for the kosher sticklers. Includes the second bitter herb, Chazeret, here as Romaine lettuce. Some authorities say Romaine is the ideal Chazeret because like slavery, the taste grows more bitter with time. My tastebuds don’t agree, but the LEGO palm fronds begged to be converted to Romaine.
The Five-Holer, for the folks who think Chazeret confuses the heck out of children and beginners.*
If you have a box of random LEGO, chances are you’ve got enough stuff to make a seder plate, too. Maybe even a round plate itself, which I gave up on. Figuring out what bits to represent the foods can take up a whole afternoon, if you are lucky.
Everything we used was official LEGO, but we ran out of time with the egg and ended up modifying a LEGO tree. I chopped off the trunk and spray-painted that sucker white. To make geometric solids out of LEGO was too much of a stretch for our brains that day. See what a massive opportunity LEGO can be for skill development? (Or for creative hacking?)
By the way, the nifty, individual bowls are 10×10 Inverted Radar/Satellite Dishes, LEGO part #50990.
WHERE DO THE SYMBOLS GO in relation to each other? Great question! See my post about that, here.
If you and your kid make a LEGO seder plate, will you upload a pic to my facebook page? We all want to see it.
Usually, our Jewish holiday LEGO projects are designed to enhance the celebrations of the minifigs. LEGO and Playmobil people of the Jewish persuasion have nothing “official” with which to deck their ethnic halls, which means that we have to fabricate or convert all holiday accessories. Which means we have way more fun than if we could just order the stuff on Amazon. To outfit tiny figures with ritual objects is ever so enjoyable, no matter the materials, and to re-create real objects in miniature is ever so educational.
LINKS and NOTES:
For the minifigs: LEGO Seder Table: Minifig Passover post
My Jewish LEGO Page
*Maror and Chazeret are both bitter herbs, but are used at different steps of the seder. Maror (as horseradish root, whole or sliced) is used as the Maror step (logical), and Chazeret is used in the Korech step, in which we make the “Hillel sandwich” with matzah and a bitter filling (the Romaine or the beet-juice/vinegar/grated horseradish mix).
Print my Seder Plate Guide to keep the reference in front of you as you re-create the real symbols with LEGO (or candy, or whatever). Image is below, but the pdf link is in the sentence right before this one…
You keep amazing me!
Your kids are so lucky to have a mom like you!
This is great to keep the kids busy before we sit down at the table. Definitely going to try this!
Sorry I forgot to note this earlier. Blogged, of course. I hope you and yours have a blessed Passover.
Thank you, Bruce, for the post and the greetings! I had just been looking at the neat LEGO Moses and Passovery posts at GodBricks (http://www.godbricks.blogspot.com/).
Thanks for recommending God Bricks! What a treat … and on my birthday no less. 🙂 Besides all the FUN religious stuff, hubby and I were wowed by the architecture. I was an Art History major; the professor I had most often was obsessed with Hagia Sofia, so I know more about it than any other building on the planet. And Hubby is an architect.
Then there’s Narnia … yay!! And the St. Francis … so well done that one. Our dd who just delivered us a grandson was born on his feast day (Oct 4) so took his name at Confirmation. She was SO thrilled when they announced the new pope’s name.
I just blogged about GodBricks today and included one of your Seder creation @ http://polination.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/god-and-lego/
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