I mentioned Passover props in my “Purchase for Passover” list, and I got a flurry of e-mails asking what I used. So here are some of my ideas and the resources to get (or make) them yourself (also see the Passover project list here and some ways to make the seder more fun for kids here.)
(A note: I try not to just focus on the plagues. They are a tiny piece of the story, and a little disturbing to me, too. There is so much more to the story, but they are the easiest to do!)
Costumes to act it out:
- Here are some good basic robe-type costumes, as well as beards, wigs, staffs, etc…we got some last year after the December holiday rush. If you look up nativity costumes, you can usually find a bunch of options.
- Get a large blue tablecloth, sheet, or blanket to act as the Red Sea for your reenactment. We draw different pictures of fish on notecards and tape or safety pin them on, too. Here’s a good (and cheap!) long blue tablecloth you could get.
- For kid’s Egyptian clothes, we usually just make a headpiece. A lot of the prepackaged costumes have different symbols that we don’t wear on them. You can spend a lot on a set, like this one (or just use it for ideas):
- Here is a really cute 10 plagues printable: cut them out and put them on sticks for a play! Or check out these placards (and part 2)
- Make your own 10 plague kit, or buy this bag of plagues or this soft plush one
- Coloring pages or more coloring
- Blood: red food coloring, red jello, etc… (we don’t actually do much here for this one)
- Frogs: make an origami jumping frog or your own plague of frogs
- Lice: plastic bugs, or use a stamp pad and finger print for the lice bodies. Then use a marker to make the legs of the lice.
- Wild animals: use modeling clay to make the animals, make an animal mask
- Animal sickness (pestilence): “kill” off the animals
- Boils: Sticker dots, pompoms, and itching. Lots of itching.
- Hail made of fire and ice: mini marshmallows (a good treat for to tide kids over for the rest of the seder), cotton balls
- Locusts: coloring page, or buy some bugs from Oriental Trading Company (like these or these) and toss them around
- Darkness: see here for a melted crayon craft, or my kids like to (briefly) cover people in blankets for this one (and then lay on them since the Egyptians couldn’t move–feel free to skip that part if you prefer).
- Death of the firstborn: sleeping mask or sunglasses, or a condolence card (be sensitive, though!)
Here’s our favorite haggada with pictures: the Katz Hagaddah. We got it from Amazon, which is where the link goes, but it may be out of stock, in which case, you can look here (Feldheim) or here (TES). It’s so good that it seems it’s hard to keep in stock! This has gorgeous pictures and shows some of the difficulties we had when we were in Egypt. It’s not too graphic, but is very thought provoking – especially the scene with the tunnels through the sea!
We’re also making our own hagada, with our photo shoot scheduled for tomorrow. We’re going to be making a snapfish book!
What do you use?