Image via Martha Stewart
Remember this one? Four years ago, I introduced seder “shtick” for the Ten Plagues at our seder and our kids LOVED it so much that they ask for it every year.
I hope you won’t find this too irreverent, but here is is what we do for our Ten Plagues “Shtick”:
Dam / Blood – I make up little mini containers of Passover strawberry-flavored jello – 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 these stretchy frogs from Amazon (recollect them at the end of your seder – and they’ll last from one year to the next). Or you can get a whopping 144 of these plastic jumping frogs — 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.
Aruv / Wild beasts – I picked up some plastic finger puppets of lions, tigers and bears (oh my!).These jungle animal-topped bubbles are cute, too. And so are these zoo animal tattoos! (My kids would love them!)
Dever / Cattle disease — Cow masks. I can’t find the ones I got, but I see that this set of 12 animals 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 is my kids’ favorite part! Check your super markets – you can probably find it cheaper locally than what I’m seeing online. One year we did end up with a mini food fight situation.
Arbe / Locust — I bought two dozen plastic bugs from Oriental Trading Company, but this Melissa & Doug plastic insect set from Amazon 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 pack of Neon Wayfairer sunglasses. We lose one or two every year — but these have mostly lasted us for the long-haul.
Macat Bechorot / Slaying of the first born — Of all the plagues, this was the hardest for me to figure out. We’ve used stretchy skeletons and there are also these LEGO skeletons, which could be good if your kids are LEGO-obsessed. (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.
Want more ideas for your 10 Plagues “Shtick”? Check out these Edible 10 Plagues on Cook Kosher or these from Joy of Kosher. Personally, I’m going to try this mold to make chocolate frogs! I’ll let you know how they turn out!
What fun things do you do at your seder to keep the young (and young at heart) entertained and engaged?