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29 Adar 5759 - March 17, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

















Home and Family
Creativity Corner:
Haggada Board Game

by Devora Piha

We suggest you refer to last week's Creativity Corner for Games 1 and 2 in creating your own double set of home-made cards.

GAME THREE - HAND ILLUSTRATED LOTTO CARDS. This is identical to Game 1 except that the illustrations on the cards are hand drawn instead of photocopied. The drawings may be copied from illustrations in one or more Haggados or they may be drawn from the child's imagination. You may prefer to use a set of simple symbols such as a Kiddush cup drawn on 4 cards (times 2) with each one a different color and number. Make a simple symbol of the Plagues: a cup filled with blood, a frog, 20 lice, a tiger, a cow, an Egyptian with red dots (boils on his face and arms), 10 balls of fire and ice, 5 grasshoppers, a solid black card for the plague of darkness and a dead firstborn.


This board game includes two extra cards, a `start card,' such as "Rush home from shul and begin the seder," and a `finish card,' such as "Yetzias Mitzrayim". We spin the spinner to decide how many spaces we will move. Along the way we identify the parts of the Haggada as we land on them, and then collect the matching card from the second set of cards.

* Make 24 double sets of lotto cards. For a longer game, make up to 44 sets.

* Make a `start' and `finish' card.

* Construct a game goard on a large piece of cardboard of heavy paper size 16 x 16 inches (50 x 50 cm.).

* Use a board that is large enough to accommodate one set of the lotto cards laid out on the Board. Arrange the cards in order of appearance in the Haggada in a circle, `S' shape, or `N' or `M' shape on the board to see how they fit.

* Glue cards in place for permanency, or arrange, play and then remove and use for Lotto 1 or 2 games. If cards are permanently glued to the board, mark each card with a number in numerical order.

* If the game board is a heavy one and you plan to store the game, fold the cardboard in half and cover the fold line with cloth or other types of tape. Otherwise, with thin cardboard or heavy paper, simply fold it in half for storage.

* Or use a piece of vinyl or plastic that may be folded up and reused as the `game board.'

* Another impromptu game board may be a piece of removable shelf or simply the top of a table or a space on the floor.

* Arrange the one set of cards in sequence, along the chosen pattern.

* Arrange the second set of cards face up to the side of the game board.

* You will need a spinner.


* Cut out a circle on cardboard about the size of a top of a cup.

* With a ruler, divide it into 4 equal spaces.

* Color each space a different color.

* Number each space from 1 to 4 in bold.

* Push a toothpick through the center and let it spin like a top.


* You will need a spinner, the prepared game board and the second set of cards.

* Spin the spinner to decide which player has the high number and goes first.

* Each player in turn spins to see how many places s/he moves.

* Each time a player lands on a card, he chooses from the second set of cards the matching pair, identifies the card and holds on to it.

* As each child lands on a new card, teach or review its significance in the Haggada.

* A player that spins a 3 skips a turn.

* A player than spins a 1 takes 2 turns.

* The winner is the one with the largest number of cards and who reaches the last card of Yetziyas Mitzrayim first.


Your Child's Personalized Haggada. If you recall, Ima surprised her young child with a picture Haggada that had her child's photograph inserted among the illustrations, such as Jews serving in bondage etc. Update the photos of your children and family in each one's copy of the Haggada. Keep this secret a surprise until they open the pages of their Haggados and see that they, too, went out of Egypt, somehow a bit older this year. When other children see your family's Haggada, they may be equally convinced that your family was actually in Mitzrayim.

Hand-Painted Place Cards for the Seder Table. If you saved the Hand Painted Seder Place Cards from last year, use the appropriate ones again and make new ones for additional guests or replace the wine-stained ones that are not worth saving. Or start from the beginning and have your oldest child make a new set for the Seder Table based on illustrations from the Haggada. If you recall, the miniature paintings were done in watercolors on watercolor paper or other water absorbent paper. These give the set Seder table a personalized handmade touch and make each guest feel welcome.

A Kosher and Joyous Pesach - to you and your children!


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