We were learning more about Passover this week – its history and how it’s celebrated today. I picked a few books for Anna on the subject. One of the more age appropriate ones was Four Special Questions that deals with Passover celebrations from a child’s point of view. The book talks about Seder preparations, special Seder plate and special questions that are read by the youngest child at the table who can read. Anna was very interested in this part, so we had to track actual questions (and answers) to them in more advanced Passover books. One special Passover tradition is leaving a special glass of wine for Elijah – a famous prophet from Old Testament. There is also a part of Seder when the door is open for Elijah to enter. Jews believe that Elijah will return to announce Messiah’s arrival.
As a story extension, we have made an Elijah Cup with a plastic glass, window crayons and stickers. Anna was quite excited about this project because she never worked with these materials before. She selected motivational stickers and carefully stuck them around the rim. Then she spent quite a long time painting her Elijah Cup. She also quite enjoyed hearing how her voice changes when she talks into it.
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