Preparing for Pesach doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be a wonderful opportunity for fun, learning, and bonding with your family. Wondering what to do with all of your left over “chametz”? Make salt dough art!

Making Salt dough

Making Salt dough

Salt dough is made out of only 3 ingredients, water(1.5 cup), salt(1 cup), and (the taboo on Pesach) flour(4 cups). It is super easy and fun to make. In continuation of a larger project, Magen David students made salt dough “rocks” and sculptures to be painted later on. The art project became an opportunity to discuss the differences between traditional dough, craft dough, and the ingredients and process for making Matzo. Lower El students were eager to contribute their thoughts and ask questions about chametz.
Pre- Pessah Art

Pre- Pessah Art

Salt dough isn’t the only great pre-Pesach activity to help you get rid of chametz and bond with your kids. Explore more crafting possibilities by spray-painting macaroni and other pasta to make beads or collages. Try painting some chametz items with glow in the dark paint to make the ultimate Jewish hide and seek game of B’dikat Chametz even more fun. Your kids will love trying to find all the pieces and afterwards you can go to a chametz burning together. Cleaning for Pesach is a great opportunity for your child to build their independence and sense of community responsibility while helping you out at the same time. These are invaluable moments to share as a family, and to support your child’s Jewish education with real life experience. Your child will be excited to apply at home everything they learned in school. Note: Although the aforementioned craft items are still considered “chametz” and cannot be used on Pesach itself, they can be sold with the rest of your bready belongings and brought out after Pesach for use during the rest of the year.