Passover is taking place from April 15 to 23 this year, and many Jewish families are looking for ways to keep the kids engaged while they learn about the holiday. It’s not always easy to find family-friendly resources. To make your holiday planning easy, we partnered with PJ Library to put together a list of fun activities and resources to help you celebrate Passover with your kids.
Fun Ways to Celebrate Passover with Kids
Here are 5 five great ways to celebrate Passover with your kids.
Host a Mini Seder
This 15-minute seder for young children includes a video and suggested text. Then, follow along with the PJ Library Family Haggadah, which you can download for free in five languages. And, if you are celebrating virtually with far-flung family and friends, these tips for hosting a seder via Zoom may be helpful.
Passover is a time for sharing food as well as tradition. Download the new “Matzah Mania” fold-out, which includes recipes for homemade matzah, matzah trail mix, matzah pizza lasagna, and ideas for serving a seder (Passover’s traditional meal) grazing board. It includes culturally inclusive information about seder traditions and the “Four Questions” of the Passover seder which are printed in English and Hebrew. Find other ideas for breakfast and lunch during Passover on the PJ Library website.
Listen to a Podcast
Podcasts are a fun and engaging way for kids to learn. PJ Library Presents offers two new podcasts for kids: “Afternoons with Mimi” (for ages 0-5) and “Beyond the Bookcase” (for ages 6-12). A new “Humpty Dumpty and the Passover Feast” episode of these NAPPA Award-winning podcasts will launch in early April.
Read Age-Appropriate Books
Reading age-appropriate books are a great way for kids to learn about Passover and to learn about other families and kids celebrating the holiday. Recommended books include Munch! Goes the Baby: Baby’s Passover Book and Dayenu: A Passover Song for young children, and Raquela’s Seder by Joel Edward Stein for older kids. A complete list of recommended books for Passover may be found here.
To share the Passover story in a way that kids will understand, download the illustrated PJ Library Passover River Ride which tells the story in ten scenes.
Join a Local Event
If you are looking to celebrate the holiday (and other Jewish holidays) in person with other Jewish families, then check out PJ Library of Greater Orlando. They provide cultural and holiday events for local families with children. Check out https://orlandojewishfed.org/pjlibrary/ for more information.
For more information about PJ Library generally, and (for families raising Jewish children) to subscribe, visit www.pjlibrary.org.
About PJ Library
Hundreds of thousands of children in more than 35 countries receive free Jewish storybooks from PJ Library every month. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation created this program to make it easy for families to add Jewish connections to reading time. The books, activities, and many other free resources offered by PJ Library help families enjoy more Jewish culture, values, and traditions at home and in their communities. To find out more or sign up kids aged 0-12, visit pjlibrary.org.