6 Ways to Celebrate Passover with Kids

Allergies are in the air and candy and bunnies are filling up the shelves. Spring is here, and Easter is coming. But there is another holiday on the calendar this month, Passover.

child holding cup with red juicePassover is the Jewish Spring holiday that celebrates the escape and freedom of the Jewish People from Egypt – the story of Exodus. Lasting eight days, Passover starts the evening of April 5th and goes until the evening of April 13th. The first and second nights of Passover, we have a sedar – a festive meal during which we retell the story of Exodos, eat symbolic foods, and sing songs.

Aside from the story of Exodus from Egypt, a main takeaway from Passover is that for the next eight days we cannot eat any chametz (food made from wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt). That means no bread, pasta, cookies (and for some even rice and beans).

While the dietary restrictions of Passover do not necessarily make it a fan favorite, there are lots of ways to get your kids involved and excited about the holiday.

Chametz Hunt/Hide and Seek

Chametz is another name for the leavened food that we cannot eat during Passover. Traditionally, you are supposed to clean out your house of any chametz before Passover begins. A chametz hunt or hide and seek involves having your child search for all the items in your house that you cannot eat during Passover and setting them aside. These activities can be a fun way to educate your children about what can and cannot be eaten during Passover while also checking a chore off your to do list.

Decorate Your Own Elijah’s Cup or Affikomen Bag

child decorating cup for PassoverArt activities are always one for the win at my house. I always love having some of my child’s artwork as part of any celebration. Two activities art activities to do with your children are decorating an Elijah’s cup or a matzah cover (both integral parts of the Passover sedar). Here (Elijah’s Cup Passover Craft for Kids (holidays.net)) and here (Pesach Craft – Kos Shel Eliyahu – Jewish Moms & Crafters (momsandcrafters.com)) are two examples of how to make an Elijah’s cup. And here 9 DIY: Afikomen bag — Our Happy Tribe) is an affikomen bag.

Matzah or Parsley Painting

girl creating Passover matzah paintingMatzah and parsley are two items that are present during the sedar. Additionally, both are items you can paint with! Dip the parsley in paint and use it to decorate a piece of paper. Paint on a piece of matzah and then press it down on some paper to make a matzah print.

Make Sedar Fun

Small children gathered around Passover tableSedar marks the beginning of Passover. Depending on who is hosting, sedar can last anywhere from as little as 10 minutes or be as long as several hours. Getting kids to sit still or be engaged in the sedar is often a big ask.

Build a Matzah House

baby with matzosMost everyone has heard of a gingerbread house, but what about a matzah house!? This is a fun activity to do especially as the end of Passover nears and you realize you overbought on matzah (even though we all know it’s already hard and stale and can be saved for next year). Check out these (Passover Activity: Build a Matzah House – Kveller ) ideas and supplies for making a matzah house.

Top Chef Matzah Edition

Matzah isn’t the most exciting food. The only way to spice it up is by putting different toppings or spreads on it. Involve the whole family by having a Top Chef Matzah cook-off. Have awards for the best tasting and most creative matzah concoctions.

What are some ways you get your kids excited about and involved in Passover?


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Elyssa Gottheim
Elyssa was born and raised in Houston. Deciding to try out life in the cold weather, Elyssa attended University of Michigan for undergrad and University of Chicago for grad school. After obtaining her LCSW {licensed clinical social worker}, Elyssa decided that she was not cut out for the cold and moved back to Houston in 2012. Shortly after her move, Elyssa met her husband, Paul. Elyssa and Paul have been married for 6 years and have two children – Henry {October 2018} and Josephine {March 2021}. After working in schools, hospitals, and community clinics, Elyssa currently has a private practice where she specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. When she isn’t working or chasing after her kids, Elyssa’s favorite activities can be described as the ultimate mom cliché – baking, working out, and napping. Elyssa is a huge fan of trying new restaurants and dining spots especially if it involves any form of dessert!


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