How is this Passover different from all others? Well, for starters, there’s a pandemic. That means, among many changes, Passover 2020 — which starts on the evening of April 8 — will not bring with it an onslaught of Passover themed crafts from your kids’ Jewish day schools and/or Hebrew schools.
Fret not, Kvellers. If you are looking for some great Passover activities to do with your kids in anticipation of the holiday, we’ve assembled a list of fun crafts that don’t require any unusual art supplies — we all know getting those is a bit tricky right now!
So, without further ado, here are some fun Passover related crafts for every age, perfect to pass the time during your (very long) days of social distancing:
Make your own pretend matzah! Take a piece of cardboard or paper and cut it into a square. Then, find something to use as a stamp: a Duplo or Lego block, bubble wrap, or a spiky ball. Using your “stamp,” use brown or yellow paint to create a matzah print. It’s so much fun!
Kinetic sand and rice
Make kinetic sand — all you need is sand, cornstarch and cooking oil! — and talk to your little ones about how the Israelites walked through the desert for 40 years from Egypt to Israel. It’s also a great tactile activity for toddlers.
Don’t have the material for kinetic sand? Make kinetic rice “sand” instead— just use this rainbow rice craft instruction, but only use brown and yellow paint (mix brown, yellow and white for a more sand-like color).
Passover coloring pages
These are pretty self-explanatory! There are so many great Passover coloring pages out there. All you need is a printer and some crayons. This is great for any age group (hey, let’s face it, coloring is relaxing even for us parents!). Bind the coloring pages into a cool book that you can send to the grandparents, along with a Passover note.
Afikomen bag and matzah cover
Make a fun afikomen bag to hide your afikomen in! Use felt or spare fabric, or even that pile of clothes from when you purged your closet, and have your kids decorate it with whatever you have around the house: glitter, glue, markers or paint!
You can also make a no-sew matzah cover with fabric and craft supplies.
There are so many options for making Passover puppets! Brenda Ponnay created these great printable Passover finger puppets. With Love, Ima has delightful Passover story puppets made with popsicle sticks —substitute the popsicle sticks with a piece of cardboard if you’re lacking.
Got some single socks lying around? It’s a great chance to make them into sock puppets! Glue some cotton balls beard and hair and googly eyes on one to make it into Moses!
Create a Moses in a basket craft
There are so many great and adorable ways to make “Moses in a basket” crafts. There’s this online template, or this great video from Keflanu, which uses color craft paper:
This adorable craft video makes Moses out of peanuts in the shell and a matchbox and it is just so cute:
You can also make baby Moses out of cork, or even make a basket for a doll your kids already have!
Just like gingerbread, you can build a matzah house with candy, macaroons, chocolate, and whatever else you have in your pantry! It’s a fun and edible craft.
Toilet paper roll Moses
Enshrine those toilet paper rolls (we know how precious they are!) by making them into Moses! You can use this printable template, of this craft from Family Fun Craft which requires felt, paper, doll hair (you can substitute with string or yarn). Or you can improvise with what you have a home: paint, cotton balls, scrap paper, and fabric.
Create a seder plate
Got some extra felt lying around? This is a gorgeous Passover activity from Design Megillah you might want to try with your kids. Don’t have felt? Use color construction paper, scrap fabric, or color some paper instead.
Fair Play Project have this great paper Passover plate that serves as both a fun coloring craft and a fun game!
Got older kids? Why not make your own seder plate this year out of Fimo!
I love this Passover paper craft from Alpha Mom! It’s a great way to recycle newspaper, and also a great way to give your kids a feel of what the plagues might have felt like by creating a lot of frog garlands.
Make a parting of the Red Sea diorama
The parting and crossing of the Red Sea is, perhaps, the most exciting part of the Passover story. Make a fun paper diorama using this printable craft:
Or you can go at it alone, of course! Use Legos to build a scene, or combine them in your craft. Use a cardboard box and paint the sides blue, or use crepe paper. Make cork dolls of the Israelites crossing the sea. There are really so many fun ways to do this craft for any age group!
Create a paper plate tambourine
Origami jumping frogs
Make the frog plague oh-so-fun (and oh-so-real) by creating origami jumping frogs. Have your older kids fold and the younger decorate if the origami itself is too hard. And of course, there’s no need for origami paper, if you don’t have any lying around. Any paper will do as long as it is cut into squares.
Make realistic and, honestly quite adorable locusts with this craft from West Side Mom.
Origami ten plagues
Haggadot.com have assembled a list of origami videos to create a folded-paper craft for each one of the plagues.
Create a decorate glass for Elijah. This craft idea from Brenda Ponnay uses a cup, glue, a brush, and color string and is beautiful and simple. You can also use glue and crepe paper!
Got matzah and paint to spare? Painting matzahs is actually super fun! The texture is really fun for kids and adults alike.
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