Seder Placemats

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This week, I decided that I the kids and I would learn the Jewish tradition of Passover.  First and foremost,  I want to thank Stephanie at InCultureParent for helping me and answering all of my questions!

In our homeschool we have been studying the Exodus.  That is when the Jewish slaves – with help from our Heavenly Father and his Prophet Moses – escaped their Egyptian captors.  After many trials, and many many miracles, they reached the Promise Land – and finally had a life of Freedom.  This is what passover celebrates.

So, for our art project this week, we made a Seder Placemat – which we will use tomorrow when we have our Seder dinner.

Making of the Seder Placemat

Basically, we just used construction paper to cut out the different foods.  We glued them on plates, and then placed the plates on the placemat in the correct order – as Stephanie did in the article I posted above.

As we glued the foods onto the plate, I explained to them the significance of each item.

  1. Maror – Horseradish (we put herbs on top of ours).  The bitter taste represents the hard time the Jews spent in Slavery.  This food is placed at the 12 o’clock position.
  2. Zeroa – Roasted Lamb is placed at the 2 o’clock position.  This food represents the lamb that was sacrificed prior to the first passover.
  3. Charoset – Applesauce is placed at the 4-5 o’clock position.  Applesauce represents the mortar between the bricks that the Jewish people used to build the ancient structures.
  4. Hazeret – Romaine Lettuce is put in the 6 o’clock position.  Romaine, being a bitter vegetable – represents the horror of enslavement.
  5. Karpas – a boiled potato is next.  The potato, a non bitter vegetable – is dipped in salt water and represents the tears of those who were enslaved.
  6. Beitzah – A boiled egg is last.  At the time of the Exodus, people were given a boiled egg during a period of morning.

No leavening agents can be eaten during Passover.  Instead, Matzah, a flat crunchy bread, is served with the Seder meal.  Matzah represents the night the Jewish people fled their Egyptian captors.

The passover celebration is 7 days for some and 8 days for others.  Tomorrow (March 24th) is the day before the first day of Passover, and the day we will have our Seder meal.  I will prepare the meal and the kids will use their placemats to set up the meal.

In conjunction with this project, we read…

Passover

By Miriam Nerlove

This taught us more about the traditions of passover – such as the games that children play.

We are looking forward to learning more about Passover in the coming days.  Do you have personal experience with Seder, or Passover?  I would love to hear about your experiences!

Lisa
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  1. Hi Lisa,
    We are in Israel to celebrate Passover this year. We will have a seder with my husband’s family tonight! Tell your kids I LOVE their seder plates and we will be eating each of those this evening as we tell the story of the escape from Egypt! My kids will go without bread or anything else made with flour and will certainly miss their bagels and pasta. But we get to eat all kinds of other food and it’s lots of fun. It’s wonderful that you are teaching them about different ways people celebrate. 🙂
    Gilly

    • Hey Gilly,

      Wow! Wonderful!

      I think it helps to teach kids tolerance. As you know, tolerance is something that most people need to learn (in my opinion). I will not allow an intolerant household. Our belief system might not be the same, but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be respected and understood.

  2. Such a great post! Looks like you all had so much fun! I never heard of Seder before and had to look it up 🙂 I grew up in an atheist communist family, so we never celebrated or learned about Christian holidays.

  3. Sorry, I meant to say Christian or Jewish holidays or course (cause Passover is Jewish!!!)

  4. Love it! We have some friends inviting us over for a Seder meal. I will share this idea with her b/c there will be lots of little ones. Thx, Mari
    Mari Inspired by Family recently posted…Household Tips & Tricks on Pinterest Tested: DIY Wrinkle Remover SprayMy Profile

    • Awesome! I just sat down to blog about the Seder meal we had last night. It probably isn’t traditional, but we had tons of fun and learned A LOT!

      Looking forward to learning more next year.

  5. What a lovely way to learn about passover! Thank you for teaching me the meaning of these foods as well – I’m going to bookmark this post to try with my kids in the future. Thanks so much for linking up with the creative kids culture blog hop!
    Mud Hut Mama recently posted…Boehm’s Zebra – Facts for Kids & Crafts: Waterhole WednesdayMy Profile

  6. Hola Lisa! What a creative, and fun way for your children to learn the Jewish tradition of Passover. Love the visuals and the colors. My son would really enjoy this. Thank you for linking up at the The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop.
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  7. Thank you for teaching me about the Seder meal! I didn’t know the significance of the foods either. And what a great idea to use this hands on activity to teach your kids about it! I am also going to bookmark this activity to use next year!

  8. Hi Lisa – this was one of my favorite posts from the last Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop so I featured it in today’s link up – please come grab an “I was featured button” and add another of your wonderful posts to the new link up.
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