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Make Your Seder More Kid-Friendly With These Family Haggadahs

Apr 8 2014 - 2:21pm

Keeping kids seated at the table for a weeknight dinner isn't always easy. Turn that dinner into a multihour religious meal and it can be a recipe for disaster. Before heading to the Seder table this Passover, check out these family-oriented Haggadahs — from quick services to mealtime activities, they're sure to entertain tots until it's time for them to belt out your family's rendition of Dayenu!

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A Happy Passover Haggadah

One of the more beautiful family Haggadahs on the market, A Happy Passover Haggadah [2]($30) is filled with detailed illustrations that engage tots throughout the Seder while showing off both Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions.

My Haggadah Made It Myself

For a truly interactive Seder that actually engages tots while still getting to the business of the holiday, My Haggadah Made It Myself [3]($19) is the way to go. Available for general purchase for the first time this year, after being a self-published book/download for some time, the modern Haggadah is packed with coloring pages, stickers, and great writing. It eloquently goes through the rituals of the Seder in a way that will appeal to both the grown-ups and kids at the table.

30 Minute Seder: The Haggadah That Blends Brevity With Tradition

Though not billed as a children's Haggadah, the 30 Minute Seder [4] ($7) may be perfect if you've got antsy tots who just can't make it longer than a half hour. Hitting all of the main points of the Seder — including the traditional songs as well as the four questions and the rituals — the Haggadah will satisfy the traditionalists, as well as the moms who are wary of antsy kids making too much noise!

Richard Codor’s Joyous Haggadah

Who says you can't have fun with your Haggadah? Richard Codor's Joyous Haggadah [5] ($10) uses cartoon-style illustrations to take family members through the 14 steps of a traditional Seder. Containing both English and Hebrew, and including the usual Seder songs, this might be the most fun the entire family has had on Passover!

My Very Own Haggadah

Designed for nursery school tots up to second graders, My Very Own Haggadah [6] ($3) focuses on the story and symbols of Passover, with plenty of illustrations that can be colored in, as well as recipes and crafts perfect for this age group.

Dayenu!: A Passover Haggadah For Families and Children

Written by an early childhood educator, Dayenu!: A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children [7] ($17) provides younger tots with a nice, rhythmic introduction to the holiday. Filled with watercolor drawings and plenty of original songs to tell the story of the exodus from Egypt, this Haggadah is a favorite of many families with preschool and early elementary school-aged kids.

A Different Night, The Family Participation Haggadah

One of the best parts of the Seder is the fact that everyone in attendance has a chance to participate in the service — it isn't just one adult speaking to the crowd. A Different Night, The Family Participation Haggadah [8] ($18) celebrates this by inviting children and adults alike to perform skits about various aspects of the Seder, have discussion about what is actually happening, and generally having a good time.

Sammy Spider's First Haggadah

Fans of the Sammy Spider series will love that the main character leads tots through the Seder in Sammy Spider's First Haggadah [9] ($7). Sammy helps explain the foods and rituals, as well as the story of Passover in this cute Haggadah for the littlest of tots.

Uh! Oh! Passover Haggadah

Consider this the Richard Scarry version of Haggadahs. Throughout the telling of the Passover story, the Uh! Oh! Passover Haggadah [10] ($10) is filled with double page illustrations, and each illustration has a hidden objects in it, as well as on the table.

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