Pesach

passover books, parsley, matzah

Pesach is an eight-day spring holiday that celebrates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt. The Pesach story comes from the first half of the Book of Exodus in the Bible. In those pages we read of the Jewish people’s plight under slavery in Egypt, and their subsequent escape to freedom.

For more information about Pesach, including recipes, book lists, activities, and more, check out the sections below:

THE PESACH STORY

Because there is explicit suffering and death in the Pesach narrative, it is not an easy story to tell. You can find a child-friendly version linked below.

The Pesach Story for Kids Ages 6+

For centuries, families have used a book called the Haggadah, to tell the story of Pesach and pass down the traditions and lessons of the story to their children, relatives, and friends. The word haggadah literally means “telling.” Families everywhere add their own personal touches to make the script of the haggadah their own.

5 Short & Sweet Kid-Friendly Haggadahs

Scroll down to find activity ideas for getting kids involved during the seder.

 

 

KIDS AND THE SEDER

family at table

The main ritual of Pesach is the seder, a carefully choreographed meal held on the first two evenings of the holiday. The seder is designed to provoke questions from children and to provide an opportunity for telling the story of how the Israelites were redeemed from slavery and given the gift of the Torah.

Here are some great ways to involve kids during the seder:

5 Ideas for a Child-Friendly Seder
Acting It Out: An Awesome Kid-Friendly Seder Idea
Getting Kids Involved During Pesach
Planning a Child-Friendly Seder
Printable Paper Pesach Scene

 

ACTIVITIES

Passover Question Catcher

10 Things to Make With Matzah Boxes
Hiding the Afikomen
How to Make Your Own Haggadah via MyJewishLearning
Printable Pesach Question Catcher
 

RECIPES

Tomato soup with matzah cheddar crisps

9 Pesach Lunch Ideas for Kids
Charoset Breakfast Balls
Chicken Soup Meatballs
Make Your Own Charoset Bar
Matzah Bruschetta
Matzah Toffee Truffles
Ricotta Breakfast Crisps
Roasted Broccoli With Matzah Crumbs
The Pesach Breakfast Recipe You Need
Tomato Soup with Cheesy Matzah Crisps
Zucchini and Eggplant Gratin

More:

50 Pesach Recipes via What Jew Wanna Eat
Kid-Friendly Snacks for Pesach via kveller.com

 

BOOK LISTS

Family reading a PJ Library Passover book

Looking for a good book to read to get ready for Pesach? Check out the following book lists:

7 Pesach Books to Read With Your Preschooler
10 Children's Books About Freedom
A Book List About Welcoming Guests
Four PJ Our Way Books to Read During Pesach

 

WATCH

Set a seder plate, ask the Four Questions, and more:

The Shaboom! Pesach Special via BimBam


Learn the Four Questions via BimBam


How to Set the Seder Plate via MyJewishLearning


 

How to Make Guests Feel Welcome via BimBam

 

LISTEN

Get ready for Pesach with our special PJ Library Spotify playlist:

 
Download the PJ Library Radio app for more music and playlists.