Passover Prep 2017 – Kid Edition
Since we don’t celebrate holidays like Halloween, Christmas, or Easter, I think it’s so important to use God’s Holy festivals as a fun way to engage our kids in our faith and create some family traditions. Each year, I’ve been trying to make these Holy Days, like Passover and the Feast of Trumpets, more special for our kids.
Here’s a preview of some of the things we did to prepare for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread in 2017:
Baking unleavened treats
We have a couple of unleavened staples that we love to make every year. Basically at the top of that list is cottage cheese rolls. They are so simple, only need a few ingredients, and soooo delicious warm and fresh. We make at least five batches throughout the one week of Unleavened Bread.
Sometime I hope to get my own recipe post up for Cottage Cheese Rolls, but until then, you can find it here on my sister’s cooking blog, Finding Time for Cooking.
Here’s my sweet V helping me to cut and roll up the cottage cheese rolls. That’s another great thing about this recipe – it’s simple, and kids love to help!
And here is the glorious final product. We like to use a mix of wheat and white flour.
Another one of my absolute favorite unleavened treats is what we call Jam Diagonals. It’s pretty much the only time of year we make them, so for us, Jam Diagonals = Days of Unleavened Bread. You can find the recipe for those, and some of my sister’s other tried-and-true unleavened recipes here.
Purging of leaven (chametz)
One of the most common and easy traditions you can do with kids is just letting them help remove the leaven from your home. A few weeks before Passover, I start gathering the leavened products from our pantry and get them out on the counter. Whatever we don’t eat, we toss out before the first Holy Day begins at sundown. My kids love tearing up the tortillas, buns, and crackers and throwing them out in the yard.
Of course, they always have to sample some while they get the job done.
This gets them involved, and they think it’s lots of fun, too!
Why would one want to eat plain hot dog buns??
Passover Crafts and Coloring
Another easy way to teach kids about the Holy Days is with coloring pages and crafts. This year, I decided we would use these crafts on our Passover table, too.
It started by having the kids color and cut out big pictures of fire and clouds on sturdy cardstock. We’ve also found coloring pages showing Moses and Pharaoh, the plagues, the first Passover, and the Israelites leaving Egypt.
Once they were cut out, we taped them onto popsicle sticks to represent the pillars of cloud and fire that God used to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
We used these crafts to decorate our Passover table, showing the Israelites walking through the sea on dry land with the Egyptian army following behind.
Beautiful? No. Haha! But it was fun, and it gave us an easy way to talk about this story with the kids before and during dinner.
There are so many fun ways you can get kids involved in the Holy Day seasons. These are special, appointed times from God!