Chag Sameach! Are you sick of matzo yet? Well I have the answer…Matzo Roca! This stuff is so delish that I literally have non-MOT friends awaiting it every year when Passover rolls around. I just whipped up my second batch this week. And best of all, it’s super easy! It’s one of my all time favorite recipes courtesy of my friend Renée.
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Oy! Passover is less than a month away and I still haven’t recovered from all of our Purim fun just yet (and to add to that I have spent the day with a sick kid shuttling between doc and pharmacies). I can’t even pull it together to give you a little Purim costume recap/crafty info today (but for a quick preview check out my new FB profile pic.
But, I have a little something fun to help you start gearing up for Passover, particularly those of you with a little one arriving soon (or friends or family with a bub on the way). Ima Design Imports is back and would love to send one reader their adorable Baby’s 1st Passover onesie, perfect seder attire for your babe in arms or the perfect gift for the new addition to the family. To enter, all you must do is either 1) pin the image of the Baby’s First Passover bodysuit or 2) sign up for Ima Design Imports mailing list . Then, after you’ve done this, just leave a comment below. Extra entries are available for each of the following (just be sure to leave a comment for each):
2) Subscribe to Made by Mamaleh via email or RSS
You have until 11:59 PM PST on Wednesday March 6th to enter. Winner will be drawn at random. Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Good luck!
In the meantime, if you need some kid-friendly Passover ideas to start your Passover planning, check out last year’s A Very Toddler Passover
Since I am home with a sick boy, I thought I’d take the opportunity for a little Passover follow-up. The Passover story we tell every year is such a rich one but it often gets lost amidst hunger and outdated haggadot. This year our 2nd night seder was tailored specifically to our youngest guests – a group of toddlers from our PEPS group (if you aren’t in Seattle, PEPS stands for Program for Early Parent Support).
Using the URJ’s seder for toddlers age 2-3 as a template, I copied the content and added my own into an easy to hold program just for the adults using MS Publisher. I even pre-assigned the sections to help expedite things! The content was written for kids and they really did a good job of following along and paying attention.
In addition to this, I pre-downloaded this song about the 10 plagues which we played at the appropriate part of the seder and which was a big hit with the kids. Since a group of toddlers is very into numbers and colors, this was the focus for our seder table. For the 4 cups of wine, I used clear plastic shot glasses (a novel use for these I am sure) and used the print and cut feature on my die-cut machine and clear label paper to create numbered toddler-size cups for each of the four glasses. I also created plague bags with a label with the numbers 1-10.
Placemats were made using primary colors of scrapbook paper which made for not only easy cleanup but easy personalization, with each child’s name written across the bottom. The dishes were ones I had picked up at Target a couple years ago on sale – I love them! Each kid got a toy hammer for pretending to hammer along with one of the songs. Such fun!
The plague bags themselves were filled with stuff to go along with the song. You’ll note the “blood” confetti above that I made using red cardstock and my die-cut machine and a raindrop image. Even my husband was surprised when we sang about the blood and I suddenly tossed a handful of confetti at the kids. The bags themselves contained a little shaker of confetti (hail), sunglasses (darkness), wind-up flying bug (lice), flies (flies)sticky frogs (frogs) and a band-aid (boils). We didn’t have something for every plague but that was just fine, there was plenty to keep the kids engaged and involved in the seder. Oh and one other tip, little bowls of cucumbers and carrots (karpas) for the kids to dip as necessary before it’s time for the actual meal.
Overall, it all turned out really well. My husband said it was the best seder he’s ever been to! I can’t wait to do a new variation next year! Hope you all had a lovely Pesach!