Creating Lasting Memories: Ideas to Make Your Pesach Break with Family Fun and Educational

Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 - 5:23 pm


Pesach is a time for family, celebration, and sharing the joy of our Jewish heritage with those we love. At the Hebrew Academy Community Day School, children learn the importance of Pesach and the historical significance behind the customs and traditions associated with the holiday. But let's be honest, the best part of the Pesach break is watching your kids light up with excitement as they show off their Hebrew reading skills during the Kiddush or explain the ins and outs of maggid like seasoned scholars. Pesach break is a time for kids to take pride in their Jewish heritage and share it with their families.


After the Seder’s are over, Pesach break doesn't have to be just about lazing around and indulging in mountains of matzah. You can continue your child's academic-rich experience outside school with fun and educational activities. 


Here are some ideas to help get you started:



Take a hike: Orange County has several beautiful hiking trails perfect for a family outing. Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air and teach your children about nature and the environment. You can point out different types of plants and animals, discuss the importance of preserving our natural resources, and even practice some Hebrew vocabulary related to nature your child learned in school.



Visit a museum: Orange County has several excellent museums that can expose your children to art, history, and culture. Playing games like "I Spy," or a scavenger hunt can make it more engaging. Challenge your kids to find a specific type of artwork or historical artifact, or have them try to identify different cultures and traditions represented in the museum.



Cook together: Pesach is all about food, so why not involve your kids in the cooking process? You can teach them how to make traditional Pesach dishes gefilte fish, chicken soup and even charoset. Not only will they learn valuable cooking skills, but they'll also gain a deeper appreciation for the significance of these foods in Jewish culture.



Read together: Reading is an essential skill that kids learn in school. Take advantage of the Pesach break to spend quality time reading with your kids. You can choose books about Jewish history and culture or pick something fun and engaging for your kids. 



Play games: Playing games together as a family is an excellent way to have fun, create lasting memories, and promote child development. Games can help children develop necessary social and emotional skills, such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, while also improving cognitive abilities like memory, attention, and reasoning. As Pesach approaches, families can incorporate games and activities related to the holiday, such as playing "Hot and Cold" while hiding the Afikoman or using Legos to build items representing the Exodus from Egypt. No matter what you play, remember to have fun. 

And here's the icing on the matzah cake: family vacations have been proven to help children build resilience, enhance communication skills, and improve well-being. So not only are these activities a fun way to spend a Pesach break and set your children up for academic and personal success when they return to school.

So make the most of your Pesach break with your family. Spend quality time together, learn something new, and have fun! Your kids may even return to school with a newfound love for learning that will stay with them.



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