Making Passover plague bags can liven up your Passover seder. The Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates Moses leading the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt, is celebrated for eight days. For the first two nights, Jews gather around the table to retell the Passover story in a meal called a seder. Seder means "order". The story must be retold in order every year.
In the story, there is a section telling how God sent Moses to Pharaoh ten times to "Let my people go". Pharaoh said he would free the Jewish slaves, but then he changed his mind at the last minute. It was only when his son died during the last plague, that Pharaoh permitted Moses to take the Jewish slaves out of Egypt.
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Traditionally, Jews dip their fingers in wine to represent each plague. To make this section more fun, modern, and kid friendly, you can make "plague bags" for each person at the table.
It does take some effort to make these, but once you do, you will have them every year. And it does not cost a lot of money, like the prepackaged ones that stores sell this time of year. Your children can help you create one for each person coming to the seder, making this job one that involve even the youngest child with the holiday planning.
The size and the type of bag depends on what you put in. If you wish to reuse them, a quart size plastic bag with zipper will do. Crafty people can make them fancier if they so desire.
Here is a list of plagues for your Passover plague bagand what you can use to represent them:
1. Blood You can write the word "Blood" in red, cut it out, and glue it to a craft stick. If you are not concerned about red dye on your tablecloth, you can have people put drops of dye in small bathroom sized cups prefilled with water. Use a coffee straw to stir to turn the water to blood.buy small jumpy frogs. Craft stores also have little foam cut-outs of animals, including frogs. You can glue these to a craft stick, or you can buy frog stickers and place them on a craft stick.
4. Wild Beasts You can use small animals from package sets.
6. Skin Disease (Boils) Use a Band-Aid to symbolize this.
10. Death of the firstborn All firstborn people at the table stand up and "act" like they died.
Passover plague bags will make this traditional meal something everyone looks forward to year after year.
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