We had a lot of fun making the above Parting of the Red Sea craft which we used as our table center-piece for Passover. Mrs. Sayuri did a great job cutting along the lines I drew to make the rolling waves, as well as coloring the women. She was a little confused as to why Moses was wearing a dress though. hmm.
This year for the 10 days leading up to Passover night, I talked about and included some type of physical activity related to each plague with my daughter, Mrs. Sayuri. We did Ten Days of Ten Plagues.
Plague 1: Water into blood
We colored water in a baby food jar red with food coloring. This was one of her favorites. Every time I ask her what the first plague was, she says “Blooood” like it is a very yucky, and creepy thing.
Plague 2: Frogs
We (but really just me) made jumping origami frogs out of green paper. We drew a crown on one just for fun because it was a princess frog.
Plague 3: Lice
I emptied out the dots from a hole puncher and we had fun putting them in each other’s hair. We talked about what lice are and how icky they are.
Plague 4: Wild Animals
We played with some of her animal figurines. We talked about how scary it would have been to have these wild animals come into your village or home. No Thank You!
Plague 5: Livestock Pestilence
We laid one of her plush lambs upside down and talked about how the Egyptian livestock got sick and died in Egypt, but how the Israelite livestock were set apart and spared.
Plague 6: Boils
We took bubble wrap, colored it with red marker, cut it out very carefully in groups of 2-3 bubbles and taped them onto our bodies to replicate what the boils may have looked like. Then we scratched them as if they were really itchy.
Plague 7: Hail
I explained what hail was. Then we collected different sized round objects from the house and talked about how hail comes in all these shapes. Then we arranged them in order from largest to smallest.
Plague 8: Locust
I looked these up online for images. We looked at these and I explained how they come in swarms and eat everything in their path. I said that they are like huge grasshoppers that can be the size of birds! For some reason the locust scene from the classic A Good Earth movie always pops in my head when I think of this plague!
Plague 9: Darkness
I tied a scarf around Mrs. Sayuri’s eyes and she practiced walking from her playroom to her father’s voice from his office to see how well she did. I asked her to imagine being in complete darkness for a long time because that’s what the plague would have been like for the Egyptians.
Plague 10: Death of the Firstborn
We grabbed one of her baby dolls and talked about the concept of being a first born and death. We talked about how she is our first born but her brother is our second born. Then we talked about how even the king (Pharoah) lost his first born child and why.
Mr. Happy Feet even got into the fun. Here he is playing with one of the frogs we made.
Also, to help keep the children entertained during our Seder dinner, I made a set of this ten plague memory card game, laminated them and they provided a little bit of themed play. It is a great way to emphasize the memory of what the ten plagues were.