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A Bag of plagues for Pesach

Posted on: 2 April, 2011

Recently I stumbled across this fabulous idea from Felt So Cute:  a bag of 10 plague-themed items for your Seder guests.

Guaranteed to keep the younger participants amused and probably the older ones also!  I think the sunglasses and the bubble wrap are particularly inspired.

So, I decided to include something similar in our Seder, although I will not bag them up individually.  My plan is to construct “Egypt in a box” probably featuring Pharaoh made out of a toilet paper roll, and then let my family indulge in a spot of plague flinging mid Seder.

My daughter is obsessed with frogs, so we already have about 20+ small plastic frogs in the house – so that’s one plague sorted!  I have a bag of packing beans for hail, and plenty of plastic wild animals (it’s tempting to include dinosaurs and unleash Jurassic Park on Pharaoh).  I plan to turn off the lights for darkness, and drop some red food colouring into a glass of water to show rivers turning to blood.

But I still need some lice and locusts, so we’re on a mission this week to find some (of the plastic variety).  And if anyone has any good ideas to represent dead firstborn in a way which will not upset a sensitive 4 year old, please let me know.

5 Responses to "A Bag of plagues for Pesach"

Oh, for the dead firstborn, use empty miniature cribs that are made for baby shower cakes. I think the imagery of the absence would be ideal for a younger child without being frightening.

Oh, I forgot about the locusts….would rubber grasshoppers from a fishing/angler’s supply source work?

We found some packets of mixed insects at the museum shop – so Pharaoh had to contend with locusts… and also (thanks to toddler enthusiasm) killer ladybirds, giant ants, monster blowflies… 🙂

Death of firstborn for sensitive souls: when this was an issue for us, we used round Avery labels with an unhappy face drawn on. Very simple. When the kids got a bit older, we cranked it up with skull rings, tiny skeletons and big, rubbery skeletons from Hallowe’en clearance.

Margie’s suggestions above, for rubber fishing lures, is great. I thought of it too, but notice that they sort of stain painted surfaces. Ever so fun to play with, though. Very squishy. If you throw them hard at a wall, they stick!

[…] job in the world: Chief Frog Wrangler.  However, frogs alone do not constitute ten plagues, so I set about trying to concoct something visual for the other nine.  And once we had the plagues, we needed someone to inflict them on.  I have recently discovered […]

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