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Your Entertainment for Passover - Who said it's all about the food?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Dear Busy Mama Readers,

If you're hosting Passover Seder, you're probably wondering what you should do for entertainment, especially if you have a bigger family and need something to make this year's seder a special and fun time at the same time.

So, here are some ideas for you:

#1 - FAMILY FEUD - If you've never seen the show, here is how you play this game. It is a competition in which two families must name the most popular responses to a survey question posed to 100 people in order to win cash and prizes. 

My version for the Passover Seder - Most likely, if you're hosting, you will have in-laws coming over. So, pick two people to compete for each round, representing each family. You can use small flags or bells, or even squeaky toys for each competitor, to know who will answer first. I have prepared a PowerPoint presentation with 4 or 5 questions (with possible answers) pertaining to the history of Passover. It has the real Family Feud music and visual effects and sounds - it will be fun, I'm sure. And of course, there is a prize to be won in the end. You can buy a box of matza and macaroons (kosher for Passover) as the prize for example. Ask me for my Passover Family Feud while there is still time!

#2 - PASSOVER TRIVIA - Use my Passover Trivia to amaze your friends and family at your Seder!!!  The story of Passover hasn't changed in the last 3,000 years. But that doesn't mean you won't have anything new to discuss. Ask me for my Passover Trivia to spice up your seder! Mine is a multiple choice with 10 questions, set up as a PowerPoint presentation (answers are given in the notes section). And, as always, there is a prize to be won in the end!

Here is an interesting fact to arouse your curiosity:
"According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's largest matzah ball was unveiled in Tucson, Arizona, in 2010. Weighing in at 488 pounds, this giant matzah ball was made from more than 1,000 eggs and 25 pounds of matzah meal."


Game rules:

  • Instruct all of your guests bring a small gift that costs under $10 (or whatever budget you'd like). You'll need to have one gift for everyone attending. (You may want to have some spares just in case.) 
  • The gifts can be anything from gag gifts to wine to movie tickets, hot sauces, teddy bear, anything goes. I ask my guest to bring a gift related to Passover for under $10.
  • As guest arrive place the gifts in one central area. Once everyone is there, put numbers (1 for each guest) on pieces of paper (1 per piece), fold and put in a hat and have the guests choose a number, this determines who goes first. 
  • The guest with number 1 goes first and selects a gift from the pile. 
  • The person who is number 2 has a choice take Number 1's gift or select one from the pile, if Number 2 takes Number 1's gift then number 1 can pick from the pile again. 
  • Once you get to the 4, 5, and 6th guest, it will get tricky because only two people can steal gifts from the other guests per turn.

Example: Guest 5 - takes Guest 3's gift (One gift grab)

Guest 3 in turn takes Guest's 2's gift (Two gift grabs) 
Stop: Now guest 2 must pick a new gift from the pile.
Now we proceed to Guest #6 and so on.
Remember there is no gift grab if a gift is chosen from the pile.

  • This continues until the person with the highest number goes and either grabs a gift from another or chooses the last gift from the pile. 

More Rules: 
  • You can not grab a gift back from the person who grabbed your gift.  So if 5 takes 3’s gift, then 3 can NOT take 5’s gift. They must choose from 1, 2, 4 or the pile.
  • Some people limit the number of times that a gift can be stolen to 3 or 4 times. This means that the last person to steal that gift gets to keep it and no one else can steal it. If there is a large group the easiest way to track this is to put those little Post it flags on the gifts and after each time they are stolen remove one. Then when there are no more flags the gift is theirs.
Game Variations:
  • When to unwrap? Unwrap after gift selected from the pile or unwrap once everyone has a gift.
  • Number of gift grabs per turn? Limit to 2, 3 or more 
  • Gift stealing – 3 times and it can no longer be taken or unlimited stealing

#4 - PASSOVER BINGO - Don't forget the kids!

You can buy this simple game at Sobeys (at Dufferin & Clark) or the Judaica store. The kids will love playing it! I recommend it for ages 4+ (although it says for ages 6+).

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Disclaimer: This post has been written by Stella V.

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