I feel like this post should be titled, “How to wake up your guests during the Seder.” Enter the 10 Plagues Piñata. Might not look too “Pinterest worthy,” but boy was it fun! And yes, I envisioned something totally beautiful and fancy, but you know what… done is better than perfect! So take that Pinterest! #letskeepitreal Please welcome my super home made 10 Plagues Piñata!
If you’ve been reading for a while, you know we try to make our Seders fun and engaging and involve the children as well as the adults. (You can read here about how we get our kids involved.) Past years’ fun Passover decor included the 10 Plagues Centerpiece, the Murals, and this Passover Table Decor. I think this year topped it off! The Murals came back up and in lieu of the Centerpiece, which had graced our Seder table for a few years, we opted for plagues that would fall over our heads at the Passover Seder!
As I said, I figured the kids and I would make something super cool and creative (read: beautiful and Pinterest-worthy) but come on… I had limited time and my goal is not to be famous on Pinterest but to keep my kids engaged and excited about their Jewish heritage, observances and traditions. (Remember my Five Practical Passover Tips here?) So my dreams of something pinnable were truncated by my dreams of having happily engaged children. And I’m so glad because the children enjoyed every minute of this, from conceiving the idea, to making it, to its execution at the Seder table!
We had said we wanted to make piñatas, but weren’t sure how. We found these boxes at Walmart and said, “this is it!” (you can’t beat the 57 cent cost of the box) Then, we went shopping for whatever items we were missing (we had a lot already from the Passover Centerpiece). The kids then assembled and filled each box with each plague. Now, according to my son and husband, it took some engineerical ingenuity to make these hang, but hang they did. And when we pulled the strings during the Seder … Makot fell down!
Use your imagination….
And here is what we used, or something similar, in case you want to get inspired for next year.
Blood: red shredded paper (which you can pick up at the dollar store).
Frogs: plastic frogs (similar)
Lice: plastic spiders
Wild Animals: plastic animals (similar)
Death of the Animals: plastic cattle (similar)
Boils: mini soldiers with blisters made with red sharpie (you can pick them up at the dollar store)
Hail: white styrofoam balls half of each ball colored with red sharpie (dollar store!)
Grass-hopers: plastic grasshoppers (similar)
Death of the First Born: plastic soldiers
Yeah, we had a huge mess of shredded paper, bugs, animals, foam balls, etc. everywhere, but it was a ton of fun!!!
So, I invite you to take this idea and make it your own for next year and show me what you came up with.
Tomorrow, the party starts again! (No piñatas, but it is a two day Holiday again!) So, don’t forget candle lighting for Thursday and Friday! Check your local calendar for times. Wishing you a Chag Kasher V’Sameach!
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