Jewish crafts for Passover, or Pesach, aren't just entertaining, they're also useful both at home and in preschool. Help kids understand Passover and infuse some creativity and amusement into the activity with crafts. Whether you yourself are Jewish or your kids are learning about the Jewish culture and beliefs, make crafts a part of your preschool Passover activities.
Passover Greeting Cards
Prepare for Passover with preschoolers by making Pesach greeting cards. Design the front of the card with a Star of David. Trace the star for them and allow the children to glue yarn or ribbon over it. Another option is to use a triangle template to make a pyramid design the kids can color and sprinkle with gold glitter. Finally, use a damp, square kitchen sponge dipped in light tan poster paint to stamp "matzah" images on the cover of the cards.
Recreate a Passover Seder plate. Give children a plastic or paper plate to decorate. Look for pictures of food in magazines, cookbooks or on the Internet, cut them out or print them out and let the kids paste them to the plate. Use this craft to introduce a discussion about the meaning of the Passover symbolic foods: maror and chazeret (bitter herbs), charoset (sweet fruit and nut mixture), karpas (vegetable), zeroa (meat) and beitzah (hard-boiled egg). Hang the childrens' plates as decorations.
Table Setting Crafts
Setting the table for Pesach offers many opportunities for children's crafts. Snip paper towel tubes into sections and decorate them as napkin holders. Draw or rubber-stamp designs on paper place mats and cover them with contact paper or laminate them. The place mats can features scenes from the Exodus, or each one can represent one of the 10 plagues. Make place cards for guests, or allow children to decorate the outside of a plastic cup as a cup for Elijah.
One of the most exciting parts of the Seder for young children is to find the hidden piece of matzah, known as the afikomen. Let your child decorate a bag for the afikomen. Give the child a small gift bag or brown lunch bag. Lay out the craft supplies, such as markers, stencils, rubberstamps, glitter, glue and ribbons, then stand back and let her get as creative as she wants with it.