Pesach is around the corner and the time to prepare is upon us. I can only imagine the facebook posts that are already being displayed about the long hours spent in the kitchen cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning. However, I have a little secret to share with you……..I absolutely positively have no clue how to clean. Somehow when God was giving out the cleaning gene, he promptly skipped me. For the first 10 years of my marriage I thought I hid it very well from my husband. It was right before the very first Pesach that I had to make on my own that it became rudely apparent that I lacked the fundamental skills of organizing and housekeeping. I quickly confessed my sins to my husband who matter of factly told me that he’s known for years!
Although God may not have given me the cleaning talent, he did bestow upon me an awfully good one. Creativity. One of my favorite creative projects for Pesach is a relatively simple idea that I wanted to share with you. Much like crafting guru Martha Stewart, I like making my bag of plagues from scratch since it gives over that homemade feeling you can’t get from anywhere else. To get an idea of a home made one, watch Martha’s video here. But instead of using the ingredients that she recommends, check out mine – I’ll guarentee they’ll be more exciting!
Here are the items that I like to put into MY Makkos Bags.
BloodNow yes, Martha’s red cherry chocolate is quite delicious, but does it REALLY scream blood to you??? I don’t think so. How about this Blood Putty for $.99cents- I will be my 8 year olds best friend when he opens up his bag, let me tell you!
LiceFor lice, if you really want to ramp up your Seder table give your kids each a small container of Glitter or Confetti
BeastsFor wild animals I personally love these wild animal bubble containers which adds an extra layer of fun, but there are also these great wild animal toys that come in handy all year round as well.
Cattle DiseaseThese are seriously fabulous for Dever, Cattle disease, but if they really gross you out why not try the farm animal bookmarks which can be useful for the rest of the Seder or these relaxing sqeeze balls , all perfect choices.
BoilsBoils may take a little bit of work on your part. I would buy these sticky hands and draw small dots all over them, giving the hands the appearance of boils. Cute right?
HailFor hail I’m thinking ping pong balls. Can you just imagine them flying and bouncing throughout your Seder!!! HOW FUN!?! But if you are more of the reserved type you can get these reusable ice cubes.
LocustFor Locust you could go a little bit more buggier with these adorable snap & play bugs.
DarknessFor darkness your best bet are sunglasses which everyone has fun putting on and playing with.
Death of FirstbornFor the death of the firstborn these glow in the dark skeletons are pretty freaky.
FrogsLast but not least, your seder isn’t complete without some of these plastic jumping frogs!
How To AssembleNow that all the contents have been ordered let’s discuss how it will be presented. Martha recommends using a wax bag, but any brown paper bag, or even white bag is perfectly fine. You can get them at any local grocery store. You can use these fancy craft scissors to cut the top off your bags, put each of the 10 plagues into a bag and fold over the top. Attach the ribbon to the bag as well.
For the decorative paper that goes on top of the bag print out this coloring sheet on cardstock paper and give it to your children to color during one of the endless days before Pesach when they have nothing to do. When they are finished (make sure their names are on it – don’t want to go mixing them up!) glue them to each of the bags. It’s the perfect personal touch.
Of course, you can also buy a ready-made bag of plagues like this one if you’re short on time.
So while you are meticulously cleaning and scrubbing, I will be meticulously painting down in my studio bringing creativity back to each of your dining room tables. Come and visit my store & choose something unique and special to enhance your Passover Table.
Share pictures of your Makkos Bags here in the comments or on our Facebook pages: KosherShopaholic & Not2Shabbey - we can’t wait to see them! Wishing you all a Chag Kasher V’Sameach.
Not 2 Shabbey, Abbey & The Kosher Shopaholic, Shoshana