Get Ready for Passover With These Passover Crafts and Recipes
Why is this holiday unlike any other holiday? For starters, it's an excellent excuse to eat chocolate-covered matzo.
Passover sometimes gets a bad rap with kids who can’t imagine a week without pizza, bagels, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But this family-first holiday is made for fun, with lots of stories and singing, more juice than you typically get at dinner, and pre-approved slouching at the table. Not to mention some seriously inspirational messaging about freedom. Create new holiday traditions with fun Passover craft projects, music videos you can all watch together, and recipes that will make you rethink Passover food.
Learn About the Passover Holiday
Why is this night different from all other nights? If your family wants to learn more about how to celebrate Passover and the reason behind the rituals, this cartoon from BimBam is a made-for-kids introduction to the holiday. Bonus: It stars magical fairies and bad dad jokes.
Sing Funny Passover Parody Songs Together
Parody songs have long been a hallmark of modern-day Passover celebrations, from “Take Me Out to the Ballgame Seder” to “The Ballad of the Four Sons” sung to the tune of “Clementine.” Since the rise of YouTube, Jewish musicians have been writing holiday-themed parodies to the tunes of popular songs and creating fun music videos with a cultural bent. Hey Alma has collected the top parody videos all in one place; make it a nightly ritual to watch a few with your family — and sing right along — leading up to Passover.
Make Your Own Passover Haggadah
The Haggadah is the prayer book and ritual guide for the Passover seder, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all publication. You can find versions with more English or more Hebrew, as well as illustrated, feminist, social justice-focused, young family-friendly, and graphic novel versions. Get the whole family involved to create your own Haggadah online at Haggadot.com, picking and choosing everyone’s favorite readings, or choosing from templates, such as the coloring book Haggadah and the comedy seder.
Make a Felt Seder Plate
Every holiday table needs a seder plate featuring the ritual food items referenced in the Haggadah. These include bitter herbs or vegetables to represent the bitterness of slavery and a shank bone to represent the Passover sacrifice. Keep your kids occupied while you get ready for the holiday with this felt seder plate craft. Once finished, it can take center stage at the kids’ table.
Hide a DIY Afikoman Bag
Most kids’ favorite part of the seder is searching for the afikoman, a designated half piece of matzoh, which might earn one lucky sleuth a prize or a treat depending on your family’s tradition. Sure, you can wrap the afikoman in a napkin, but we guarantee the crumbs will get everywhere. Keep everything tidy with a handmade afikoman bag: This no-sew craft will let your family create one-of-a-kind bags for the seder’s hide-and-seek game.
Decorate Cups for Elijah, Miriam, and Kiddush
Grownups love Passover because they get to drink four cups of wine; kids enjoy the same amount of juice! Plus, families put out additional glasses of wine for the prophet Elijah, who supposedly visits everyone’s seder for a sip of wine (the original bar crawl) and sometimes a cup of water for Miriam for a more equitable celebration. All this drinking calls for festive glasses, so bring out your artistic side and bejewel glass or plastic wine goblets for your seder table.
Snack on Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins for Passover
It’s hard to find great snacks on Passover, especially ones you can take to school. These moist flourless banana chocolate chip muffins are Passover-approved, and will quickly become your go-to for quick breakfasts, lunch box treats, and afternoon snacks. They’re super easy for families with little kids to bake together.
Mow Down Some Matzo Brei
The quintessential Passover breakfast is matzo brei (rhymes with “cry”), matzo fried with eggs. Every family has their own recipe. Some versions are more like scrambled eggs with pieces of matzo, while other recipes create a more substantial frittata that can be cut and served in wedges. Matzo brei can be savory or sweet and topped with jam, honey, or sour cream. Jewish chef and cookbook author Jamie Geller has invented all kinds of crazy matzo brei (like this amazing pizza brei) but her apple cinnamon version makes a sweet addition to your Passover meal lineup.
Nosh on Passover Nuggets
“What do you mean, chicken nuggets aren’t kosher for Passover?” cries every child in Hebrew school. Relax. Matzo has you covered — and by that, we mean, you can make crispy “breaded” chicken using finely ground matzo meal instead of bread crumbs. It’s also a good choice for a post-holiday meal when you don’t know what to do with the leftover matzo. Try this Passover-friendly matzo nugget recipe by cookbook author Marcy Goldman of Better Baking.
Feast on Passover Rolls and Popovers
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Matzo is so crumbly and delicate that it’s not a great substitute for sandwich bread, burger buns, or dinner rolls. But clever holiday cooks have found ways to crush the humble matzo into a fine flour and use it to bake up fluffy — but still unleavened — rolls. It’s another Passover miracle! We love Laura Kumin’s unleavened rolls for nut butter, tuna, or pastrami sandwiches, and Julie Menghini’s Passover popovers for eating warm with jam or butter.
Celebrate with Chocolate-Toffee Matzo
Chocolate-toffee matzo is hands down the best thing you can do with a piece of matzo. It’s essentially the Passover version of a Heath bar, featuring matzo coated with a layer of caramel and a layer of chocolate, and topped with chopped pecans and salt. You can’t eat just one piece!