WHO KNOWS FUN?

The Jewish Chronicle - - PASSOVER SPECIAL - BY JOY SABLE

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?

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