Passover is a unique time for many religious families. These tips for teaching kids about the Passover are perfect for any family regardless of their faith. This time is something that is historically educational, as well as fun to enjoy as part of your Easter celebrations with kids.
3 Tips For Teaching Kids About the Passover
1. Talk about the first Passover.
The first Passover was both a scary time and a miraculous time. The Exodus from Egypt brought with it the plagues that were the reason for the first Passover. You can read the scripture and look at historical accounts of how the families marked their doors to protect themselves from the death of the firstborn child. Shortly after, the Israelites fled from Egypt with Moses as their leader. This time is historically significant as well as religiously significant to the Jewish faith.
2. Create traditional Passover foods.
One of the best ways you can begin teaching kids about Passover is to share a traditional meal with them. The Seder is a traditional meal that includes many elements. This meal is complicated, but vital to sharing parts of the Jewish faith and the origins of the Passover. If you are serious about teaching kids about Passover, a Seder meal is an amazing way to do so. You can take the time to talk about why specific foods are served. If your children don’t know what kosher foods are, this is also the perfect time to explain what it means, and why it is important during Passover, as well as all the time for some religious sects.
3. Celebrate for the 7-8 day time commonly used.
Take things a step further by consulting the calendar and celebrating not just one day, but teaching them daily about different parts of the Passover throughout the 7-8 day period. This is an ideal way to introduce one new traditional kosher food to them each day, and to talk about the origins of the Passover by sharing about a different plague from the origins of the first Passover each day. While the plagues may be a bit frightening, you can easily relate them to the way that Moses was able to perform miracles with God’s help to protect the Israelites during the Passover.
No matter what your religious belief may be, learning about different cultures and faiths traditions is important for your children and their understanding of the people around them. Teaching about the Passover is a great part of religious history that can tie into their own faith in various ways as a child, and in their adult life.