Enjoy your Passover this season with some fun and interesting games. Given below are some of the most popular games of Pesach.
Passover is a time for socializing and having fun with friends and family. One great way to achieve this is by arranging festive games and get-togethers. This not only creates a jovial atmosphere in the house, but also keeps kids interested and engaged in the many rituals of the festival. Many a times, games are incorporated during the Seder meal, at the time of narration of the story of exodus. This helps to keep the environment jolly and active, especially when the interest slowly begins to fade among the kids. A number of amusing and funny Passover games are available to choose from, which can be played by people of all age groups. Such games also enable the guests to know each other in a better way. However, the arrangement and planning for these games should be done in advance and in a very systematic and methodical manner, lest they become boring and uninteresting. A summation of some of the most popular games for Passover is given below in this article.
Fun Games for Pesach
How To Play
- This is one of the most popular Pesach party games and is mostly played by children in the age group 10 to 15 years.
- Divide all the players in two groups and make them sit facing each other.
- The sitting arrangement for the children should be such that the hands of the players remain hidden from the players of the opposite team. To achieve this, make the players of the opposing team sit on a table (with hands under the table) or on the floor (with hands behind their backs).
- The players on one side are the 'hiders', while the players on the other side are the 'guessers'. This keeps on rotating after every set of games.
- Now, ask the hiders to pass a small object, say a button or a coin, from hand to hand, either under the table or behind their backs. The object should be passed in such a manner that it remains hidden from the members of the opposing team.
- At one point of time, a participant from the guesser team shouts aloud 'Hands Up!'. Once this signal is given, all the 'hiders' should place their hands out in front of them and the members of the other team have to guess who is holding the object.
- Every time a correct guess is made, a point is allotted to the team. The team with the maximum number of points at the end of 10 rounds wins the game and is given a prize.
- Marker Pen
- Bristol board
- 20 to 30 Index Cards
- Non-sticky Tape
How To Play
- This game requires quite a lot of concentration and brainstorming. Decide on 5 categories of questions about Passover and select around 5 questions for each category.
- Some of the common categories are places, numbers, dates, people and items. Form five questions for each of these categories.
- Next, use 25 index cards, such that there are five cards for each category (numbered 100 to 500).
- Divide the Bristol board into 6 rows and 5 columns and write down the name of each category (say date or place) on the top row of each column. In the remaining rows, jot down the answers to the questions of the different categories.
- Lightly tape the index cards over these answers, ordered from top to bottom 100 to 500. The difficulty of the questions depends on the marks allotted. The higher the marks on the index cards, the more difficult will be the game question.
- The cards hide the answers on the board and at the same time signify the points earned for giving the questions for each of the answers.
- Break up the players in groups of two or three and place the board so that all of them can see it clearly.
- Turn by turn, each of the group chooses a category of question and the level of difficulty.
- Each of the group has to ask the exact question for that answer, in order to win the point. It the question for the answer is wrong or if they answer without framing it as a question, they lose the point and the next team will get the chance. However, if they ask the correct question, they get the marks and another chance to play.
- At the end of the game, the group with the maximum number of points wins the game.
Some Common Examples:
- Answer – The date of the second Passover (date category)
Question – What is the 15th of Iyar?
- Answer - These are the two ingredients in matzoh (item category)
Question – What is flour and water?
- Answer – The number of plagues in Egypt (number category)
Question – What is 10?
- Answer – This is the name of Moshe's son (person category)
Question - Who was Gershon?
- Answer – The Jews built these two cities (place category)
Question – What are Pitom and Ramses?