Go: Savor the Traditions with Your Children

In Hebrew, the word “Seder” means “order.” Preparing for Seder if you have children, however, can feel a lot more like “chaos.” The trick to restoring order, plus creating magical memories, is to keep the kids involved as much as possible:


  • When shopping at the grocery store, ask them whether they know the meaning of symbolic items, such as matzo or horseradish. If they don’t know the answer, keep them in suspense by telling them they’ll find out at Seder.
  • Assign them easy recipes, such as Nut Cookies. Put them in charge of the recipe’s shopping list too when you go to the store together
  • Create Passover crafts together such as a Matzo bag or Seder seat cushions
  • Sit them down with tasks that take concentration, like polishing the silverware if they’re old enough, or folding napkins
  • Get them involved in setting the table (welcome the help!)
  • Keep the wrapped “Afikoman” gift (the gift for finding the hidden Matzo) in plain view during the days leading up to Seder to create anticipation
  • If all else fails, put a good Passover storybook or coloring book in their hands. (For instant options, do a search on the Web for “Passover stories.”) Not only will it occupy them, it will help them understand why Mommy and Daddy need their help to get ready for a night different from all others…

Passover Shopping List

  • Candles
  • Matzo
  • Matzo meal and farfel
  • Grape juice and/or wine (enough for 4 glasses per person)
  • Gefilte fish
  • Horseradish
  • Parsley or lettuce
  • Eggs
  • Charoset ingredients (such as Apples, Walnuts and Cinnamon)
  • A Shankbone
  • Kosher salt
  • Salad and salad dressing
  • Ingredients for first course, such as Matzo ball soup
  • Ingredients for main course
  • Ingredients for side dishes
  • Ingredients for dessert (such as cake meal or potato starch)
  • Condiments
  • Cooking spray
  • Tea and coffee
  • Flowers for centerpiece
  • A small Afikoman gift (the gift for finding the hidden Matzo)