Throughout this past week, we have learnt all about different parts of Pesach that make it the amazing holiday it is. But why do we do all these fun things? Let's find out why by learning the story of Pesach! Sit your little one down on a comfy mat or chair and share with them the story of Pesach. Feel free to use a storybook if you have to read the story, or follow the story below as a basic guide.
The Jewish people lived in a country called Egypt (if you have a map or globe, you can show where Egypt is in relation to where Israel is/ where you live). There was a man named Pharoah that wasn't so nice to the Jews and made them work really hard for him. One day a Jewish baby named Moshe was born. When Moshe was all grown up he came to Pharoah and asked him to let the Jewish people go so they wouldn't have to work anymore. Pharaoh said no, but Moshe asked again until the ten plagues were sent. After this, Pharoah said that the Jews could leave Egypt. They quickly left and took whatever they could carry, but they didn't have time to finish making bread to eat! Because of this, their bread then turned into matzah as they left, and walked all the way to Israel.
THE PESACH STORY
Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the options below:
Take your kids on a walk (restrictions permitting) and pretend that you are the Jews leaving Egypt. Choose a destination to be Israel (for example: the local store) and pretend that you are walking to Israel.
Coconut Pyramids from Ancient Egypt!
3 egg whites, beaten until peaks form
1 Tbls. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups sweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 300° F; line baking sheet with parchment paper
While egg whites are almost beaten, add sugar and vanilla and continue beating until peaks are formed. Do not overbeat.
Fold in coconut and mix; lightly spray a shot glass with cooking spray and fill the glass (approximately 2 Tbls.); invert glass on baking sheet releasing the coconut mound; wet fingers with a few drops of water and shape into a pyramid (triangular shape); bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
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