At Home for Passover

Mar 4, 2020 | At Home Activities

Stencil and Color the Seder Plate!  

Draw your own on a paper plate using a small cup for your circle stencil. Color and decorate is for  using at Passover seders. The six traditional items on the Seder Plate are as follows: 

  • Pesach פסח 
  • ביצה Beitzah (a roasted hard-boiled egg) 
  • מךןך Maror (horseradish/parsley) 
  • זךןץ Zeroah (shankbone) 
  •  Charoset חךןסת 
  • חזךת Chazeret (horseradish/parsley) 
  • כךפס Karpas (onion) 

Make a Basket for Moses

No Passover celebration is complete without the story of Moses, which begins when his big sister sends him floating down the Nile in a basket woven from river reeds. Fortunately, construction paper is much easier to work with. This easy craft project boosts counting and fine motor skills all while gaining an appreciation of Jewish culture.  

What You Need:  

  • Construction paper (any colors you want!)  
  • Tape, or Glue  
  • Scissors  

What You Do:  

  1. Start by cutting your construction paper. You’ll need 8 strips, each about 12 inches long and ½ inch of an inch wide.  
  2. Now, arrange the strips, two at a time, so that they form an X. Use glue to secure each X in the center. You should end up making four of these.  
  3. Once the glue is dry, arrange the Xs fanned out in a stack so that they look like a star or an asterisk. Keep the spaces between each arm of the shape as even as you can.  Use glue to connect all the Xs together. Let dry.  
  4. Use your paper plate to trace a circle on a sheet of construction paper. Cut out the circle and glue it  carefully in the center of the star shape to make the bottom of your basket. Let dry.  5. While you’re waiting, prepare your weaving strips. You’ll need to cut four strips about16 inches long  and half an inch wide. If you’re using standard-size construction paper, you’ll need to glue two pieces  together at the edges to make the size you need.6. Once the circle has dried, fold up the long arms of  the star from the edge of the circle one by one to make the body of the basket.  7. Take one of the long strips and use a piece of tape to secure it to the first of the arms and begin  weaving over and under all the way around the basket until you reach the tape. Carefully remove the  tape and use glue to attach the beginning of the long strand to its end. Hold in place to dry.  8. Repeat for each of the four long pieces, then let basket dry 

How to Make 18-Minute Matzah  

Not all communities have matzah on their grocery shelves in times of plenty, and right now it’s not  easy to get to the grocery store for anyone. This is the perfect time to make matzah at home.  

We eat matzah during Passover to remind us how quickly the Israelite slaves left Egypt. The Torah  tells us “they baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had taken out of Egypt . . . since they had  been driven out of Egypt and could not delay” (Exodus 12:39).  

In this season of pursuing freedom, lead your seder companions in a conversation about the topic of  freedom, guided by these four new questions, in addition to the traditional Four Questions we ask on  Passover.  

  1. If you could draw a picture of being free, what would it look like?  
  2. When have you become free from something?  
  3. What’s something you’d like to be free from?  
  4. Do you feel free today? Why or why not?  

Now, let’s make Matzah!  

Ingredients:  

  • 41/2 C All-Purpose Flour  
  • ¾ Warm Water  
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil  
  • 1 tsp Salt  
  • Sea Salt for sprinkling  
  • Rimmed baking sheet  

Directions:  

  • Preheat oven to 500F 
  • Flip the baking sheet upside down and place in the preheated oven. This will help to make the matzah  super crispy.  
  • Sift flour into a large bowl  
  • Sprinkle warm water over it  
  • Add olive oil and salt  
  • Mix altogether  
  • You do this all under 18 minutes because that is the point at which people say the bread starts to rise  and it is important that we not let the bread rise for passover.  
  • Make a floured surface on your counter for rolling out the dough  
  • Take your dough ball, pat it together on the counter and cut it into 8 pieces  
  • Roll out each of the 8 pieces very thin  
  • Take a fork and poke the fork into the dough to help prevent rising. Can you make any fun patterns?  You can brush the piece of dough with water or oil, or just leave plain.  
  • Put this onto your hot baking sheet and bake for about 2-21/2 minutes  
  • Using tongs, flip the matzah sheet, bake for another 2-3 minutes  
  • This is thin, crispy, and crunchy