Age: 3 and up
For many children, the afikomen (a piece of Matzah, or unleavened bread, hidden at the start of the Seder and found and eaten at the end of the festive meal), is the highlight of Passover. Make your own beautiful afikomen bag to hold this special piece of Matzah.
How to hide the afikomen: At the beginning of the Seder, the leader takes a piece of Matzah and puts it into the special afikomen bag. When no one is looking, he hides the bag somewhere in the house and after the meal is finished encourages all of the children present to look for it. Once it has been found, the children demand a prize for its safe return, such as money or a small gift. This game reinforces the importance of the afikomen, as the Seder cannot continue until it is eaten for "dessert."
What you'll need:
- A fabric gift bag
- White craft glue
- Glitter pens
- Small fabric flowers for decoration
- A large, coloured napkin
- A piece of newspaper
How to make it:
- Fold up a piece of newspaper and slip it inside the fabric bag to make sure that the front and back of the bag don't accidentally get glued together when adding your decorations.
- Using small dabs of white craft glue, attach the silk flowers to your afikomen bag in a random pattern. Allow the glue to set and dry for at least 30 minutes.
- Once the flowers are securely fastened, decorate the rest of your bag using coloured glitter pens. We've added circles and dots, but you can do whatever you like, using as many beautiful colours as you want.
- When everything is dry, remove the protective newsprint from the inside of the bag. In its place, put a folded napkin in a bright and vibrant colour. The Seder leader will use this napkin to wrap the Matzah before he puts it into the afikomen bag.
- Look for fabric gift bags at dollar stores or perhaps a bridal or party store.
- If you can't find a fabric gift bag, you can use a brown paper lunch bag. Decorate it with paint, glitter, magic markers and stickers. It's also easy to sew a simple fabric bag.