These Frogs are Kosher for Seder

By Sue Tomchin, Editor, Jewish Woman magazine

The mad dash toward Passover has begun: Whom do we invite to Seder? What will we serve?  How can we possibly get everything done and still meet the project deadlines at work? How can we make the Seder fun for our five-year-old—and meaningful for our adult guests? I’ve decided to start gathering a few suggestions to help. Here’s the first:

I don’t know what brilliant person invented the plagues gear—the now familiar collection of plastic frogs, finger puppets, ping pong balls (for hail) and other paraphernalia that plays an annual role in keeping kids, and let’s face it, many adults, awake during Seder. I do know that it opened the door to a spirit of playfulness that has helped to make the Seder a heap more entertaining than it used to be. As far I’m concerned anything that gets kids (and even blasé adults) to ask questions about the story of the Exodus is good for Seder. In this vein, and with a nod to creating an attractive and fun Seder table, I discovered these new shiny tree frog salt and pepper shakers from Pottery Barn. They are attractive and at $24.50 they are so reasonably priced you can even invest in the matching napkin rings.

Do you have any products or ideas that you use to make your Seder table attractive and fun for your guests?

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One response to “These Frogs are Kosher for Seder

  1. Patricia Joan Kawaa

    I purchased wee plastic frogs that click and a couple of sacks of rubbery “insects” at Pricebusters for $1.99 each. I used wee pom poms for hail and used a paper punch to make “blood confetti” out of red, lightweight cardboard (until my hand cramped!). Seder guests place their hands over their wine glasses and lids are placed on the food bowls when the plagues are recited. A guest tosses his/her plague in the air when appropriate. It’s lots of fun – even & especially for our 90+ year old guests. We sing There’s No Seder Like Our Seder to the tune of There’s No Business Like Show Business and other wacky songs. The seder is relaxed, fun and actually quite meaningful. There is joy in Judaism.

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