WHO KNOWS FUN?
PESACH USUALLY means hard work for the adults — all that cleaning, shopping and cooking — but can be lots of fun for children. Years ago, the only amusement to be had on Seder night, unless you could catch an elderly relative taking a surreptitious snooze, was playing with the pull-out Moses in the bulrushes and the 10 plagues which spun around on a wheel. Today, there are plenty of toys, puzzles and other assorted items to enliven Seder night — and the entire Pesach holiday — for everyone, from the tiniest tots to teens.
Rite Lite is an American company supplying many kosher stores here, including Aisenthal Judaica, Torah Treasures and Jerusalem the Golden, all in north west London and online. Little hands will enjoy the company’s Passover Play Seder Set, made up of plastic representations of everything you will find on a Seder plate.
My Deluxe Soft Seder Set is a cute and safe way for tiny tots to discover more about the special night and surely no Passover beach holiday would be complete without the Passover inflatable matzah ball. If you are going away for Pesach, be sure to pack one.
Children may not be able to drink wine at the Seder, but they can certainly enjoy soft drinks and frog straws will make downing that grape juice a lot more entertaining.
Teach your children all about the 10 torments inflicted on the Egyptians with a Can of Plagues. Open the can and out pop all the afflictions, in the form of puzzles and novelty shapes. The plagues also feature as finger puppets, which everyone, not just the children, will want to try out during the Seder (just make sure they take them off before the ceremonial wine dipping).
Aunts, uncles and grandparents visiting housefuls of the young and Cadbury-starved for Seder might like to come bearing edible treats from facebook.com/thecreativegiftstore. The boxes of chocolates and sweets are made up to order and you can request kosher-for-Passover versions.
If you cannot get to a store, Masher’s, based in Manchester, has novelties such as squeaky frogs and a plagues puzzle for sale online (mashers.co.uk).
Let’s face it, the Passover tea, coffee and hot chocolate never taste quite the same as our normal brew. To make up for it, serve your “cuppa” in a special festive mug, bearing the legend: “What happens at Seder, stays at Seder”. The image on the side of the mug changes colour once hot liquid is added — who knew Pesach could be fun for adults, too?