Monday, April 7, 2014

Making An Afikomen Cover With The Kids!

History Lesson First:  

For centuries during the Passover seder in Jewish homes, one of three pieces of unleavened bread, matzah, is broken in half, wrapped in a napkin, hidden, and later retrieved to be served as the last morsel of food eaten at the end of the lengthy observance of this ancient Jewish feast. This bit of unleavened bread is called the "afikomen". It symbolizes the Passover lamb. For Jewish children, the afikomen is used to hold their attention until the end of the seder. In some families the children "steal" the matzah and are paid a ransom in order to get it back to the table. In other families it is hidden and the children search for it and are rewarded. Some Jews from Middle Eastern countries saw the afikomen as having special powers and kept a piece of it as a good luck charm. (Some of this information concerning the afikomen was found in "The Complete Family Guide to Jewish Holidays, by Dalia Hardof Renberg, Adama Books, New York, (c)1985, pages 152-153.)  (

I think that getting the kid-o's involved in helping with the festivities not only makes for fun family crafting time, but it allows said kiddy's to feel like they have something to "bring to the table" ((my sad pun for this project.))

I hope that this printable  set of instructions on how to make the Afikomen Cover using felt is not only a fun craft, but maybe a new family tradition! :)

From my family to yours,  HAPPY CRAFTING! :)


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