<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1255" /> <title>Pesach Fun!</title> </head> <body style="font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:12px; line-height: 140%;"> <p><br /> Dear All,</p> <p>Over the past 15 years, we've cataloged various questions (almost 200!) and games we've played at our seder (and other meals on Pesach).</p> <p>My wife and I *cannot* take credit for most of this stuff, our children were intimately involved in all the creativity and we've used things we saw on various websites as well.</p> <p>As everybody knows, the most important thing is to keep the children interested. This generally cannot be done without a *lot* of forethought and planning. My father, A&quot;H, use to give us money for every &quot;good&quot; question we came up with for the seder night. I still remember sitting down with my siblings days before Pesach (and specifically the afternoon of Erev Pesach) thinking of and writing down &quot;good&quot; questions (see below).</p> <p>Enjoy and may we all be Zoche to see Mashiach Tzidkeinu Bimheira Veyameinu!</p> <p>Miriam &amp; Ephrayim Naiman and Children!</p> <p>---------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <p><strong>1. Questions</strong><br /> For many years we asked each child to come up with 2 questions for<br /> each of their siblings. During Maggid, every 5-10 minutes,<br /> we would stop and hand out a question to each child. Once they<br /> had all their questions answered, they received a piece of the<br /> Afikomen which they could &quot;redeem&quot; for a present at Tzafoon.</p> <p> I've broken up the questions our children came up with into<br /> &quot;Easy&quot; and &quot;Hard&quot;, but that is relative, since it depends on the<br /> child's age. I've listed the answers to most of them :-)<br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Easy.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Easy.pdf</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Hard.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Hard.pdf</a></p> <p> One year we put the questions in a format that we handed out<br /> as cards. Various different style questions are very important<br /> for older children, such as &quot;What doesn't belong?&quot;, &quot;What is the<br /> common theme?&quot;, Multiple Choice, Jeopardy, etc.<br /> Check out: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Cards.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Cards.pdf</a><br /> <p>Finally, here is a list of "Which Makka?" questions (in Hebrew)<br /> based on Midda Kenegged Midda. In other words, based on the particular<br /> torment, or pain inflicted, the Egyptians received a particular Makka.<br /> This could also be played as a Charades game (see below). </p> <p>(This list is compiled in "MiTa'amei Hashulchan", where there are almost 100 of them!)</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/WhichMakka.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/WhichMakka.pdf</a></p> <p>(The answers are left as an exercise to the reader :-)</p> <p><strong>2. 20 questions</strong><br /> Tie a scarf around person's head and put a piece of paper in between<br /> the scarf and the forehead. The paper should have a Pesach related<br /> noun on it. The person has to guess the noun on his/her head.<br /> The people around the table who can see the noun can only answer<br /> yes or no, but often some will say yes and others will say no<br /> (lots of fun) and other times the answer isn't yes or no.<br /> This game should *not* be limited to just the children - it's<br /> fun when the adults have to guess as well!<br /> You typically start out with &quot;Is it a person?&quot;, &quot;Place?&quot;, &quot;Thing?&quot;.<br /> This worked out *very* well, great for all ages<br /> (pick nouns that are age appropriate).<br /> See Scarf attachment: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Scarf.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Scarf.pdf</a>.</p> <p><strong>3. Numbers</strong><br /> Have children come up with various number trivia.<br /> Examples: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Numbers.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Numbers.pdf</a></p> <p><strong>4. Grab bag</strong><br /> Another very fun game. Put lots of interesting stuff in a bag (about 10).<br /> Davka older kids like the creative nature of choosing unique items.<br /> Every once in a while in Maggid we would pass the bag around and<br /> pull one out and say how the item was connected to Pesach.<br /> This worked out *very* well, because after the person answered,<br /> the original person who picked the items would say why they thought<br /> it was connected, often not the same answer!<br /> Then other people gave their reason and it generated good conversation.<br /> We had things like a sneaker (leaving Egypt in the middle of the night),<br /> teddy bear (Arove), stuffed dog (the dogs didn't bark),<br /> fruit, toy sheep, gold/silver/jewelry, red item, band-aid,<br /> plastic cow (Devver), keys on a ring (can't remember :-), etc...</p> <p><strong>5. Bingo</strong><br /> This is wonderful for younger kids (or grandkids :-).<br /> Make up a card, 5 by 5, of words from the Hagaddah, and give<br /> each kid 25 marshmallows. Whenever they see or hear a word<br /> on their bingo card, they cover that word with a marshmallow.<br /> When they get a bingo, of course they get to eat the marshmallows!<br /> And when they finish all 25 marshmallows, they get some other prize<br /> (or we used give them a piece of the afikoman which they redeemed<br /> later on in the seder for a present).</p> <p> Don't worry - they generally don't eat all 25 marshmallows, but if<br /> you think they might ... :-) - then give them different &quot;healthier&quot;<br /> items for each row, like carrots (or whatever you use for Karpas!), etc...<br /> Make a picture at the end of the row, so they remember which item to use.</p> <p> Even better, we had our older siblings spend time before<br /> Pesach making up the bingo cards for the younger kids!</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Bingo.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Bingo.pdf</a></p> <p> For pre-readers, use pictures of familiar words mentioned throughout Maggid,<br /> such as: Frogs, Mitzrayim, Horses, etc...<br /> Words that younger children will recognize and know the pictures of...<br /> Make sure to <strong>emphasize</strong> the word while you're reading them to catch their attention</p> <p>Also use chocolate chips - smaller and less sugar content than marshmallows.</p> <p> Thanx to Zecie Maltz for these last ideas.</p> <p> Thank you to Dani Weichholz for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PictureBingo.pdf">these</a> picture bingo cards</p> <p> Thank you to Tamar Katz for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PictureBingo2.pdf">this</a> picture bingo cards</p> <p><strong>6. Charades</strong><br /> Younger kids prepare charade scenes before Pesach and the adults have to<br /> guess what the scene is about. Keeps them busy for hours before Pesach.<br /> Or kids &amp; adults can play a speed game version, using these cards:</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/CharadesEasy.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/CharadesEasy.pdf</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/CharadesMedium.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/CharadesMedium.pdf</a><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/CharadesHard.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/CharadesHard.pdf</a></p> <p> The even pages are the &quot;back-side&quot; of the cards.<br /> If you don't have a double-sided printer, then just print the<br /> odd-page numbers (&quot;subset&quot; field in the PDF print dialog box).<br /> You can then re-insert the pages and print the even-page numbers.</p> <p> (Thanx to Donna Zeffren from echinuch.org for typing them in.)</p> <p> Playing Charades of the 50 Miracles on the Yam Suf is also a great way<br /> to envision what is was like to be there:</p> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/CharadesNissim.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/CharadesNissim.pdf</a><br /> <p> (These 50 Nissim are elaborated in the Meam Loez.)</p> <p><strong>7. Interviewee guessing game</strong><br /> Basically, the person interviewed had to guess who he was,<br /> based on the questions he was being asked. For example,<br /> if the interviewee was: &quot;The last person in line in Yetziyat Mitzrayim&quot;.<br /> The questions were things like &quot;So, could you see the Mitzriyim over<br /> your shoulder?&quot;, etc. Or: &quot;Pharaoh on his day of retirement&quot;.<br /> Only worked with much older children.</p> <p><strong>8. Taboo</strong><br /> If your kids ever get into Taboo, have them make up cards related<br /> to Pesach and have their friends do it too - then you switch sets<br /> of cards so nobody knows the words. This game is lots of fun!<br /> Do it at Shoolchan Orech, or on Shabbos Hagadol or Shabbos Chol<br /> Hamoed (we found it too much fun - and disruptive - during Maggid :-).<br /> Depending on the mood, we had each team say something about one of the<br /> cards they won. This is also a great game to foist on guests :-)</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PesachTaboo.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PesachTaboo.pdf</a></p> <p> Depending on the paper, you may be able to see the text through it,<br /> if so, you can print the following on the back-side of the cards:</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/TabooBack.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/TabooBack.pdf</a></p> <p> (Thanx to Donna Zeffren from echinuch.org for all the typing.)</p> <p><strong>9. ImaginIff</strong><br /> ImaginIff is a great game - highly recommended.<br/> You can see the <a target="_blank" href="https://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-gyhhtwx4/product_images/uploaded_images/instructions/175-INST-06.pdf">instructions</a> for seting up the full game online. <p/> Here is a simple way to play the game: <p/> Each question has up to 6 answers and each person gets voting 6 cards, numbered from 1 to 6.<br/> One person reads a question out loud and each person places 1 voting card face down in front of them.<br/> Note that for some of the questions you can substitute a family member, guest, famous person, etc.<br/> <p/> Scoring: For the most popular answer you get 2 points. If there's a tie, then you receive 1 point. <p/> Everybody can play for themselves or you can play in teams.<br/> Remember at the end of each round to explain your reasoning - it'll generate *great* discussions! <p/> We made voting cards and 20 questions for Pesach for you to play with - but make your own!<br/> Excellent for kids 10-12 years old and above: <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/ImaginIffTemplate.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/ImaginIffTemplate.pdf</a></p> </p> <p><strong>10. Treasure hunt</strong><br /> Setup a treasure hunt with 5 clues for each child.<br /> Have a break every 10-15 minutes during Maggid and let the younger<br /> kids search for the next 1 or 2 clues. The last clue brings them<br /> to a piece of the Afikoman which they &quot;redeem&quot; for a present.<br /> This worked great when our kids were much younger.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>11. Jeopardy </strong><br /> An idea we used for our Purim Seuda, which could be used for the Seder<br /> is to put together Jeopardy questions. Here are some sample categories: <br /> Personalities, Numbers, Places, Emotions and Dates. </p> See the following <a target="_blank"href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/JeopardyFromAharon.pdf">50 Jeopardy questions</a> put together by Aharon Naiman. Watch out - some are very hard! <p><strong>12. Fill in the Blank ... NUMBER!</strong><br /> Thanx to a bunch of people - we've put together 25 "number" trivia questions about Pesach. <p/> Here's an example:<br/> <br/> 4 = K_______ of W_______ at the S_______<br/> 4 = Kosos of Wine at the Seder<br/> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/QuasiMathPesach.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/QuasiMathPesach.pdf</a> <br/><br/> :<br/><br/> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/QuasiMathPesachHebrew.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/QuasiMathPesachHebrew.pdf</a><br/> <br/> Have fun everyone! </p> <p><strong>13. Categories/Phrases</strong><br /> Hand out to each child/couple one or two categories/phrases before Pesach.<br/> They then have to come up with a:<br/> <br/> Question<br/> Pshat<br/> Devar Torah<br/> Answer<br/> Gematriya<br/> Poem<br/> Whatever<br/> <br/> Tie the category/phrase into Pesach some way!<br/> They can use Haggadot, friends, google, whatever - but challenge everyone at the Seder!<br/> Here are some starter ideas:<br/> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Pesach_Categories.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Pesach_Categories.pdf</a></p> <p><strong>14. Headlines</strong><br /> This is a variation on Categories. Instead of giving categories, give a list of Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives and Prepositions and have each person choose 2-3 from each pile and make a Headline connected to Pesach. <br/> Lots of fun for the creative writers in the family!<br/> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Pesach_Headlines.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Pesach_Headlines.pdf</a></p> Or just make your own; the point is to imagine what it would be like to live then.<br/> Here's a list of funny headlines: <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Funny_Headlines.txt">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/Funny_Headlines.txt</a></p> <p><strong>15. Letter Rip</strong><br /> Split the table into 2 (or more) teams and throw out "generic" questions (see below). Each team alternates with answers.<br/> Here are some sample questions (use Hebrew or English letters, depending on your Seder's participants - or both!):<br/><br/> + Name chametz items that start with the letter "d" or "s"<br/> + Words connected to freedom that have the letter "l" or "b" in them<br/> + Emotions felt at the Seder that have the letters "n" or "t" in them<br/> + Food associated with Pesach that begin with an "f" or "m"<br/> + Fundamental words associated with Pesach that begin with a "Mem"<br/> <br/>Here's a list of "Mem" answers:<br/> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/LetterRipMem.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/LetterRipMem.pdf</a></p> <p><strong>16. Compatibility</strong><br /> The game Compatibility is such a fun game that we made up our own Pesach version.<br/> This game is excellent for a small classroom setting or to keep your older kids busy before Pesach and get them thinking about Pesach.<br/> Or fun for everyone to play together on Pesach afternoon or on Chol Hamoed.<br/> You can print out the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/AllCardsTemplate.pdf">Player Cards</a> - 1 set for each player.<br/> Also print out the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PersonalityCards.pdf">Personality Cards</a> and the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/TopicCards.pdf">Topic Cards</a>.<br/> If you'd like for each team to have different color decks (easier for sorting), you can download 6 different <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/AllCardsWithColors.zip">color decks</a> instead of the templates.<br/><br/> Rules:<br/> Play is in teams of two. Each person has a deck of picture cards. Each deck has the same set of pictures.<br/> There is also a deck of either Pesach Topic cards in English or Pesach Personality cards s Hebrew. A Topic or Personality word is chosen and each player chooses 5 cards from their deck, arranging them in preference order.<br/> Teams score 1 point for choosing the same picture; and score 1 extra point for a picture that is in the same preference spot. <p> <p><strong>17. Avoid the Plagues!</strong><br/> The 5 Senses and the 10 Plagues.<br/> The accompanying <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PlagueSenses.pdf">table</a> will generate lots of conversation and allow you to feel like you are there!<br/> (Thank you Rav Simi Sherman for adding the pictures.)<br/><br/> Pick someone at your Seder, maybe an older sibling, or a sabba/savta combination, whoever it seems most appropriate.<br/> Have them fill out before Pesach which sense was affected for each plague.<br/> It's not as straightforward as you think.<br/> So you think Makkat Bechorot affected all 5 senses?!? Because they were dead?<br/> Uh uh!! Who was the Makka for? Those afflicted? What?!? Devver was for the animals that died?!<br/> Now think again - what senses were affected? From the beginning till the end of each Makka and sometimes past the end! (Hint, hint :-).<br/> <br/> At the seder have the person who thought it through present the makkos - it's a great way  !<br/> <br/> How about these ...<br/><br/> Which Makkos affected the most senses? (Bet you'll be surprised!)<br/> Which Makkos affected the Egyptian s food and/or ability to eat?<br/> Which Makkos affected the Egyptian s ability to sit?<br/> Which Makkos affected the Egyptian s ability to sleep?<br/> Which Makkos imprisoned the Egyptian s in their houses?<br/> Which Makkos caused some sort of death to the Egyptians?<br/> <p> <p><strong>18. Connect the Categories</strong><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PesachConnectCategories.pdf">This</a> activity can be played 2 ways:<br/> The first way is to find a connection for each of the Pesach related words on the left with at least 2 of the non-Pesach related words across the top.<br/> The more difficult way to play is to find a "Common Denominator" between the columns and the rows.<br/> Both are challenging and really make you think!<br/> <p> <p><strong>19. See for Yourself!!</strong><br /> This activity is great for teens who like surfing and "photoshop"-ing pictures.<br/> <br/> The idea is to populate your dining room with pictures reminiscent of Mitzrayim.<br/> That way you can actually "see yourself" there and feel what is was like.<br/> <br/> Before Pesach, put one side of Velcro around the room where you ll be eating your seder (they sell Velcro with sticky outside pieces).<br/> It can be put on your wall/bookshelf/breakfront/whatever.<br/> The other side of the Velcro should be put on the back of the pictures.<br/> <br/> Then at various times during Maggid, when you get to the spot where the picture is applicable,<br/> have your teen put that picture up on the wall/bookshelf/breakfront/whatever.<br/> <br/> By the time you get to Motzi Matza, the room should be surrounded with  Yetziat Mitzrayim pictures!<br/> <br/> Here are <a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PicturesAroundTheRoom.zip">some</a> that my son put together a few years ago<br/> <p><strong>20. Pesach Anagrams</strong><br /> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PesachAnagrams.pdf">http://www.simchatyechiel.org/Pesach/PesachAnagrams.pdf</a> <br/><br/> <p> <p>Have fun! And keep the questions coming!</p> </p> </body> </html>