Passover CAN Be Fun: We Tell You How! (VIDEO)

Heather Chaet

passoverHappy Passover, everybody! It's the eight-day holiday when Jews across the world commemorate the freedom of Jewish slaves from Egypt ... and their speedy departure, so fast that the ladies baking bread didn't have time for it to rise. These days, we gather -- usually on the first two nights -- for a Seder that retells those events of long ago, complete with flat bread (aka matzo) and lots of wine. 

The cool thing about Passover is that kids get a starring role asking the four questions and hunting for the afikomen. The not-so-great thing about a Passover Seder? It can take a long time. Long enough for kiddos to get rather bored.

What's a mom to do with a bored kid during Passover? We've already discussed what would've happened if Moses were on Twitter, but we gathered a few other fun ways to chat about Passover.

Teach them some new tunes -- Yes, there may be some waiting around, so why not teach the kids or Uncle Jerry some new Passover songs (one is to the tune of "My Favorite Things"). The best one I think is "Take Us Out of Egypt" (sung to the music of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"):

Take us out of Egypt
Free us from slavery
Bake us some matzoh in a haste
Don't worry 'bout flavor--
Give no thought to taste.
Oh it's rush, rush, rush, to the Red Sea
If we don't cross it's a shame
For it's ten plagues,
Down and you're out
At the Pessah history game.

Show them some cool Passover videos -- What moms did before the Internet, I have no clue, but thank goodness I don't have to find out. If the kids are getting squirrely, have them sit on the couch and check out some funny, yet still Passover-y videos on your iPad. The folks at Shalom Sesame have some great Passover clips. One of the best is this riff on Les Miserables.

Find a new way to ask the four questions -- Why not keep it interesting with a new way to ask the four questions. Someone had a bit time on their hands and came up with a version a la Dr. Seuss.

Why is it only
on Passover night
we never know how
to do anything right?
We don't eat our meals
in the regular ways,
the ways that we do
on all other days.

'Cause on all other nights
we may eat
all kinds of wonderful
good bready treats,
like big purple pizza
that tastes like a pickle,
crumbly crackers
and pink pumpernickel,
sassafras sandwich
and tiger on rye,
fifty falafels in pita,
with peanut-butter
and tangerine sauce
spread onto each side
up-and-down, then across,
and toasted whole-wheat bread
with liver and ducks,
and crumpets and dumplings,
and bagels and lox,
and doughnuts with one hole
and doughnuts with four,
and cake with six layers
and windows and doors.
on all other nights
we eat all kinds of bread,
but tonight of all nights
we munch matzah instead.

And on all other nights
we devour
vegetables, green things,
and bushes and flowers,
lettuce that's leafy
and candy-striped spinach,
fresh silly celery
(Have more when you're finished!)
cabbage that's flown
by a polka-dot bird
who can't find his way home,
daisies and roses
and inside-out grass
and artichoke hearts
that are simply first class!
Sixty asparagus tips
served in glasses
with anchovy sauce
and some sticky molasses--
But on Passover night
you would never consider
eating an herb
that wasn't all bitter.

And on all other nights
you would probably flip
if anyone asked you
how often you dip.
On some days I only dip
one Bup-Bup egg
in a teaspoon of vinegar
mixed with nutmeg,
but sometimes we take
more than ten thousand tails
of the Yakkity-birds
that are hunted in Wales,
and dip them in vats
full of Mumbegum juice.
Then we feed them to Harold,
our six-legged moose.
Or we don't dip at all!
We don't ask your advice.
So why on this night
do we have to dip twice?

And on all other nights
we can sit as we please,
on our heads, on our elbows,
our backs or our knees,
or hang by our toes
or on top of a camel
with one or two humps,
with our foot on the table,
our nose on the floor,
with one ear in the window
and one out the door,
doing somersaults
over the greasy k'nishes
or dancing a jig
without breaking the dishes.
on all other nights
you sit nicely when dining--
So why on this night
must it all be reclining?

Do your kids get bored during Passover Seder?

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