My four year old worked really hard on this one with me.
One of the many songs his teacher taught this year was "the months of the year". A good basic song, one that everyone should know. And he sings it alot. So I showed him how when I used to teach preschool and sing this song, all the kids would sit in a circle and we would sing "January, February, March and April, May, June, July and August, September, October, November, December, these are the months of the year" and when the song got to your birthday month, you would jump up - and he really liked that part.
The other day he started singing the same tune with different words - the ten makot or plagues - like this, "Dam, Tzfardeya, Kinim, Arov, Dever, Shchin, Barad, Arbeh, Choshech, Makaat BeChooorrot, these are the teeeen Maaakot". The words mostly fit, you just kind of have to play around with the syllables. Maybe practice a little before the seder.
And smart little guy that he is, he wanted to know how each person singing his new song (and by the afternoon of day one, we were all singing it) would know when to jump. So we made a game and a game needs pieces to be played. So we made pieces too. We created a necklace for each plague. The necklaces will be placed under random plates at the table - we will be having about 15 people at the seder, so not everyone will get one but I think that several of the adults will be okay with that. When it's time to play the game, we all (hopefully) will sing the song, and when we get to "your" plague, you jump up from your seat. And now that I think about it, after we do it once, everyone can pass their plague to the right and we can play again - and everyone will get to have a turn. Maybe even two turns. Ooh.
To start, I got out some cardstock and a pencil. I traced circles onto the cardstock - I made 12 even though we only needed 10 because who knows, we might spell a word wrong and need an extra. Also cause four circles fit on a page and I only traced one page worth and just held all the pages together when I cut. The circles were probably 4 inches in diameter - I used the lid of one of those huge plastic containers that holds animal crackers or pretzels from Costco. (Yes, I washed it first, no chametz on my Pesach game pieces!)
Once the pieces were cut out, we used different colored markers to write the name of each plague, one per circle. And then we decorated* them with stickers - we were lucky enough to find some frog, wild animal (can a dinosaur be a wild animal?), fireflies (or, you know, lice), sunglasses, things like that. And for the ones we didn't have stickers for, we drew pictures. Punched some holes, strung some string and presto, makot necklaces - and a new game for the seder that really little people will like - and possibly big people too after they have had enough to drink.
* Here is a list of each plague and how we decorated:
- Dam (Blood): a drawing of a cup with red liquid inside
- Tzfardeya (Frogs): Lucky us, we had frog stickers
- Kinim (Lice): Lucky us again, we had firefly in a jar stickers that can pass for lice
- Arov (Wild Animals): We're on a roll! We had a sticker book filled with dinosaurs and weird monsters. Close enough.
- Dever (Sadly, those wild animals are no longer with us): Not one to draw dead animals, I drew upside down ones. A cow and an elephant. I'm not sure why.
- Shechin (Boils): So gross. I drew small circles and colored them in yellow and green.
- Barad (Hail - and Fire): I drew pictures of orange balls of hail and red and orange fire
- Arbeh (Locusts): We had some grasshopper stickers
- Choshech (Darkness): Sunglasses stickers
- Makat Bechorot (Death of the Firstborn Son): Again, not one for depicting death on a child's game, I drew a picture of the Jewish doorways in Egypt, with a mezuzah on each one.
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