Passover Positivity! Tips For Bringing Joy And Laughter Into Your Family’s Passover Holiday
We are all working hard to keep our spirits high and make the most of what is undoubtedly a tough situation. As part of our family’s weekday schedule, every day at 4 PM when schoolwork is finished, we have a surprise activity. While I’ve bought everything on Amazon that I think my kids might enjoy (art projects, board games, lego sets, etc.), I also wanted to give them something special and unique to look forward to every day. Yesterday we played “The Grand Prize Game” (remember the Bozo show??) using kitchen bowls and easy, small prizes. Another day we FaceTimed with another family and played Bingo. The goal of these activities is to be fun, silly and irreverent with one another...to bring a little light and laughter into our day.
As a Jewish educator, I’m already thinking forward to Passover and about what Passover themed surprise activities we can do as a family. I’m hoping these activities will be a great way for us to not only have fun as a family but to also enjoy Passover in new and exciting ways.
Before Passover: Set the tone with a Bedikat Chametz Scavenger Hunt. I found this great video on how to set this up for your family on BimBam.
Night One: Guess what! Finding the afikomen is perfect. If you want, put a little twist on the hunt and make it a scavenger hunt to find the afikomen.
Night Two: Passover is all about asking questions. For those of you having a second Seder, this one works. For those who aren’t, it still works! Candy questions. Have a big bowl of candy in the center of the table. Every time a child asks a question about something from the Passover story or seder, they earn a piece of candy.
Night Three: Play the Ten Plagues version of Minute to Win It! With only 60 seconds on the clock, can anyone complete these Passover tasks?
● Frogs: Play spoon frog! Players must use a teaspoon to catapult another teaspoon into a glass. Check out the YouTube video for help.
● Hail: You will need ping pong balls and spoons for this one. Give each player a spoon and ball of “hail” (ping pong ball). Each person must walk holding the spoon with the “hail” on the end to a designated point and back within the minute.
● Blood: Contestants carry water in small dixie cups to pitchers with red food coloring at the bottom. Can they fill the pitcher in 60 seconds?
● Darkness: You guessed it, participants must be blindfolded for this one...Blindfold Bowling! Contestants bowl blindfolded as many times as needed until they knock all the pins down (can be red solo cups, toilet paper rolls, water bottles, etc.) or until the minute is up.
Night Four: Masterchef Junior: Charoset Making. Put out bowls of many potential charoset ingredients (lots of recipe ideas here) Have contestants mix and match and make their own charoset. Who will be the MasterChef?
Night Five: Matzah topping taste test...with a twist! Have a table set up with matzah topped with a variety of toppings (cream cheese, butter, jelly, chocolate spread, sun butter, etc.). Blindfold your kids and have them try to guess what topping is on the matzah. In the end, everyone can vote for their favorite topping!
Night Six: Passover Game Night! Who doesn’t love family-friendly game night? You can make some of your favorite games all about Passover. Print out pictures of Passover symbols and play a silly game of Heads Up. You could also try a Passover version of Would You Rather, or this family-friendly Passover Escape Room.
Night Seven: Cross the Red Sea obstacle course! Create a backyard obstacle course using anything you can find in the house -- pillows, chairs, exercise equipment, etc. Challenge your kids to get through the obstacle course to cross the Red Sea and escape Egypt!
Night Eight: On Passover, we are taught to recline. Using pillow and blankets, create your very own Passover fort! And then eat pizza in it!
This Passover will undoubtedly be difficult for many of us, as we won’t be able to celebrate with extended family and friends (though you can always Zoom your loved ones!). I hope these activities will bring a little extra light and love (and Passover learning!) into your homes.
Lisa Alpern is the Principal of Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Glazer Campus Religious School and a past BJE board member.