Passover ''Bag of Plagues''

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010

The Passover seder tells the story of the Jewish people's enslavement by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. One of the most dramatic parts of the story is the reciting of the 10 plagues: blood, frogs, lice, wild beasts, cattle disease, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the slaying of the first born.

For a creative way to teach children about the 10 plagues, Erica King assembles a "goodie bag" for them to play with while the adults perform the seder rituals. Erica, whose daughter Charlotte works for the company, uses these trinkets and candies to represent each plague:

Blood: Kosher for Passover dark-chocolate-covered cherries
Frogs: Plastic toy frogs or frog trinkets
Lice: Sparkling confetti
Wild beasts: Plastic lions and tigers
Cattle disease: Plastic cows
Boils: Bubbles
Hail: Kosher for Passover Chiclets gum
Locusts: Kosher for Passover plastic bugs
Darkness: Plastic sunglasses
Slaying of the first born: Halloween skeleton stickers or punches

To make the bags, gather the "plagues" and drop them in decorative wax paper bags. Then, using our template, make a card identifying each plague and attach it to the bag.

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