Image via Martha Stewart
Two years ago, I introduced seder “shtick” for the Ten Plagues at our seder and our kids LOVED it.
I hope you won’t find this too irreverent, but here is is what we do for our Ten Plagues “Shtick”:
Dam / Blood – I bought Kosher for Passover strawberry-flavored jello powder, placed a teaspoon in each of the kids’ glasses, then poured water into their glass – voila! “Blood”. Check your Passover aisles at the grocery store – you should be able to find some strawberry or cherry jello.
Tzfardaya / Frogs – I got some plastic toy frogs from Oriental Trading Company. Shipping might be tight from OTC, but those stretchy frogs I posted a few days ago are still $3.98 (look on the right under “More Buying Choices). Or you can get a whopping 144 of these plastic jumping frogs for just $4.98 with free shipping as an Add-On items. Talk about “Frogs were jumping EVERYWHERE!”
Kinim / Lice – I used little silver confetti, which we had with our gift wrapping supplies. But these “Creepy Ants” might do a good job of standing in at just $3.
Aruv / Wild beasts – I picked up some plastic finger puppets of lions, tigers and bears (oh my!), again from OTC, but I see the same ones at Amazon for $8.68. (I save mine from year’s past in our Pesach tubs, so this is a one-time expense.)
Dever / Cattle disease — Cow masks. I can’t find the ones I got, but I see that this set of 12 animals for $6.37 has a cow in it. It also has “wild beasts” so you could use this for both plagues. Use a red Sharpie to make some “pocks” on your mask.
Shechin / Boils — I use bubbles, which admittedly is a bit of a stretch. This year, I’m “upgrading” to red bouncy balls (if I don’t find an all-red set in time, I’ll get this 144-piece set and pick out the red ones. The rest can get donated or used in birthday goody bags.)
Barad / Hail — I used mini Kosher for Passover marshmallows, which was for sure my kids’ favorite part! Check your super markets – you can probably find it cheaper locally than what I’m seeing online.
Arbe / Locust — I bought two dozen plastic bugs from Oriental Trading Company, but this Melissa & Doug plastic insect set from Amazon for $6.94 looks a lot friendlier than our scary insects (which actually did scare my daughter — oops!).
Choshech / Darkness — Everybody gets a pair of cheap sunglasses — like this one dozen Neon Wayfairer sunglasses from Amazon for $6.44. Would you believe we still have three pairs left from last year?
Macat Bechorot / Slaying of the first born — Of all the plagues, this was the hardest for me to figure out. We’ve used bendable skeletons (from Oriental Trading Company), which are sadly no longer available. I did find these LEGO skeletons, which could be good – especially if your kids are LEGO-obsessed. (And some really creative parents could probably do a whole LEGO Ten Plagues set-up!)
As for how we “presented” the plagues, I just toss these out onto the table as we read out each plague, but I like Martha Stewart’s idea to give each child (& adult?!) their own “makot bag”.
If you’re having a large crowd, you could even use the bags as the name cards. Of course, my kids wouldn’t be able to wait on opening theirs – so we’d have to hold off.
You should also check out this awesome idea for an Edible 10 Plagues on Cook Kosher, by the talented Abbey Wolin of Not2Shabbey fame. I love her ideas — and I bet my soooo-hungry-by-this-point-in-seder kids would, too!
What fun things do you do at your seder to keep the young (and young at heart) entertained and engaged?