Pesach, or Passover, is just around the corner, so it’s time to get out of the Purim mode and into the Passover spirit! I made this super easy felt pretend seder plate for my toddler to play with. It’s much easier than the pretend Purim play set I made – that M enjoyed so much – simply because I figured people have less time now, with all the holiday prep…
Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. This post was originally published March, 2016 and was updated with a new template!
While most Jewish moms don’t mind passing by all the Easter eggs and bunnies in the store, it can be frustrating that there is so little available for the children when it comes to Jewish holidays, especially Passover when grape juice and matzohs take over. While it’s possible to find some cute play sets online, there is little choice and they are often expensive or poorly made. That’s why I have recently taken to creating my own.
Combine a some felt with a little bit of embroidery floss, scissors, glue, and hook-and-loop tape. Add in an hour of crafty relaxation, plus a bit of patience. You get an adorable, interactive seder plate that is sure to entertain your little one for the duration of the Seder.
I love to involve my child in the holidays in creative ways, so making an interactive seder plate for him to keep at his own seat seemed like a smart idea. While there is a specific order to the foods on the plate (which, by the way, are symbolic – they’re not actually eaten) I did not stick to it, as I wanted M to be able to rearrange them.
I stuck them on using hook-and-loop closures (a.k.a. Velcro) so that he can switch them around.
I also made a pocket to stick the Matzahs in, as many Seder plates include a section for the three Matzahs underneath. That is an active part of the seder, which your tot can then mimic using her own set!
If you are looking for something that toddlers or preschoolers can actually make, you can mimic this using colored paper, with the shapes printed on and ready to color and/or cut out. You can add hole punches around the edges and use yarn for lacing. Otherwise, this craft really is intended as a DIY toy for parents and caregivers to make.
What you need to make a DIY Seder Plate for toddlers:
- Felt – two full sheets in your choice of color for the plate, two in shades of brown for the matzahs, and one in white for the circles/”bowls”. You’ll also want to have scraps or a sample pack handy for the foods on the plate.
- Embroidery floss in a complementary color
- Embroidery needle
- Glue gun, Tacky glue, or E6000
- Hook and loop closure/velcro tape or dots
- Fabric and detail scissors OR a cutting machine.
Tip: if you’re cutting this with a Cricut Maker, you can pretty much use any felt with the included rotary blade. If you’re using an Explore Air 2, I’d recommend thin stiff felt such as Cricut felt, which cuts with the fine point blade.
Update: Due to popular demand, I have created a PDF template and an SVG cut file for this seder plate! Get it here!
How to make a pretend Seder Plate for toddlers:
1. Cut out your pieces.
2. Glue the six smallest circles at somewhat even intervals around your seder plate.
3. The food includes: a hard boiled egg (possibly roasted), a roasted shank bone, a Romaine lettuce leaf, a piece of horseradish, a piece of potato, parsley, radish or similar vegetable, and some Charoset.
Add velcro or similar hook and loop closure to your food and your circles (optional – felt does cling to felt to some degree).
4. Begin sewing together the front and back of your plate around the edges. You can use a simple whip stitch:
Or a prettier blanket stitch:
5. Sew halfway through.
6. The matzahs are a little smaller so that they can slide in and out of the pouch.
Your seder plate is ready to play with! You can even store the food pieces inside the matzah pouch.
Allow your child to pretend “break” his own matzah and use it to explain the story behind each seder plate object.
If you haven’t yet, you can get your template here!