Pre-Seder preparations

Consider holding a casual Passover Seder with guests seated comfortably on floor pillows.

Send out invites. Sprinkle pastel Judaic confetti inside the invitations.

Clear the refrigerator and pantry of leavened bread.

Have the kids make the Seder plate. Paint the symbols for the six dishes (bitter herbs, vegetable, bitter vegetable, Charoset, shankbone and egg) on the reverse side of a clear plastic platter.

                  Setting the Seder Table

Set the table with china and tapered festival candles.

Make paper flowers for each place setting. Pleat 10 layers of 8-in. squares of colorful tissue paper together. Tie the middle of the pleated layers with string. Wrap florist wire around it to form a stem. Pull the layers of tissue out from each other until you have a fluffy flower.

Wrap colorful paper napkins around silverware. Slip a tissue paper flower inside and fasten the bundle with pastel curling ribbon.

Find an embroidered vintage napkin or have a family member specially decorate a napkin to cover the matzoh.

Tape one of the tissue paper flowers underneath a family member's chair. The person sitting in the marked chair opens the door for Elijah or appoints a child to do so.

Bring Passover to Life

Have the kids act out the 10 plagues by playing Charades.

Give kids construction paper and crayons to illustrate the parts of the Seder such as the blessing of the wine, washing the hands and waiting for Elijah. Post the parts on the wall, and address them as you go through rituals.

Play traditional Passover songs, then sing and dance along. Favorites include Dayenoo, Ma-Nishtana, Avadim-Hayinoo, Haleluva, and Betzet-Israel.

Make picture cue cards for the little ones who will be asking The Four Questions, addressing unleavened bread, bitter herbs, dipping twice and reclining while eating.

The Seder Dinner

Have the head of the family start the Seder, then circulate the readings around the table.

To retell the story of the Israelites, use props, such as a baby doll in a basket for Moses.

Hide the Afikomen in personalized paper gift bags for each child to find.

Serve kids sweet Haroseth snacks. Mix 1 cup chopped apples, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 2 teaspoons cinnamon with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon grape juice.

Let kids decorate clear plastic wine glasses as their special Kiddush Cups.

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