KDH began preparing for Pesach immediately following Purim. The children shared with us the cleaning that had begun in their homes. At school we took the chometz foods out of the Dramatic Play area and filled it with matzah, kiddush cups, and seder plates....
We talked about what we knew about Pesach and what we'd like to make. A haggadah to use at home is always popular. Each page had many steps. We talked and sang as we worked.
What were the things we would need for the Pesach Seder?
Grapejuice or wine.
KDH washed, picked and squeezed the grapes. Then we put them all in a pot, cooked them and after it cooled we strained the liquid. We had made the grape juice for our Model Seder!
Matzah baking began with giving tzedakah and a puppet show. Next, we examined the wheat and thrashed it to get the kernels. The children ground the kernels with a hand grinder to make flour.
Quickly, the flour was mixed with water to make the dough. Next everyone got a piece of dough, rolled it out and poked holes in it. Then the dough was baked. Voila! Matzah!
Rabbi Sollish/Mad Scientist came in and did a flour experiment with us. What fun!
As we got closer to Pesach, we painted a kearah/Seder plate.
The children performed Bedikat Chametz, looking for Chametz as we do at home.
Next we turned our attention to all the special foods.
We washed, peeled and grated the apples for the charoset. We mixed them with grape juice and a little sugar.Yummy charoset that reminds us of the cement and bricks the Jews made as slaves in Egypt.
We peeled and grated the Maror. The lettuce was washed and checked.
The hard boiled eggs were peeled for the Seder. Celery was washed and cut up for the Karpas.
The children set up the Seder plate, put out the Matzah and grape juice and set the table.
A beautiful model seder was experienced by all.
KDH was ready to celebrate Pesach at home.