The Pre-Seder Checklist Every Parent Needs


Need a quick run-down of Pesach traditions in the order they happen? Watch this short and fun video featuring art from favorite PJ Library Pesach books.

You’re hosting the seder this year, so how do you make it fun for all ages? Never fear, this short checklist ensures you have everything you’ll need for a kid-friendly seder.

Related: 9 Must-Haves for a Child-Friendly Seder

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Grape Juice for the Kids

Don't forget, you'll need four cups during the seder.

A Seder Plate


You can’t have a seder without a seder plate, right? Help your kids learn about what goes on a seder plate by making your very own! Need a quick reminder about what to put on your plate? Here’s a short shopping list:

  • A green herb, like parsley
  • A roasted lamb shank or beetroot if you’re hosting vegetarians
  • Horseradish
  • Charoset
  • A bitter vegetable
    • TIP: Include a cruditĂ© platter of veggies for those who can’t wait until the full meal
  • A roasted or hard-boiled egg. (Use an avocado or olive if someone in your family has an egg allergy)
  • Salt water

Matzah

This flat cracker bread is a core Pesach food.

Plate or Cloth Cover for Your Matzah

You'll use this to wrap three pieces of matzah.

Afikomen Bag

This is a pouch for hiding the special dessert matzah called the afikomen. Learn how to make your own afikomen bag.

Rewards

Keep some small and silly prizes on hand for whoever finds the afikomen.

Cushions

Make sure to recline in style. You can even make your own from old t-shirts or fabric scraps.

Elijah and Miriam's Cups

You'll need these for special ceremonies during the seder. Grab some plastic cups from your local craft shop or pound shop along with stick on gems and paint markers to let children create their very own special Elijah’s cups.

Delicious Meal

Because you can't eat just matzah! Need a good, kosher-for-Pesach recipe? Find staples like delicious chicken soup, brisket, and matzah-toffee, in the Recipes section of the PJ Library Pesach hub.

The Pesach River Ride


Watch an animated version of the Pesach story above to help children follow along with the tale.

Your Haggadah

Man sits at seder table and reads Haggadah to two children.

You won’t be able to get through your seder without a Haggadah. If you need one for your family, check out In Every Generation: A PJ Library Family Haggadah

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