Want to make a decorative paper plate that won't spoil? Help your child make a mixed media seder plate, one of the most important elements of the Passover celeberation. Traditionally, five items are placed on the plate: a shank bone (to symbolize an offering), a boiled egg (to symbolize festival offerings), maror or bitter herbs (bitter or sadness), charoset (a mixture of apples, nuts, and cinnamon that translate into the word clay), and karpas or parsley (dipped into salt water to represent tears). Use this opportunity to discuss the importance of each element of the plate with your child to put the symbolic nature of Seder into context.
What You Do:
- Start out with the actual plate shape. If you are not using a paper plate, help your child to draw a plate-sized circle onto the cardboard and cut it out.
- Ask your child to use light-colored and white construction paper to make a shank bone and an egg. Encourage him to choose shapes that look like the items, such as an oval for the egg.
- Have him cut out the shank bone and egg and glue them to the plate.
- Now, use green construction paper and tissue paper to create the maror (bitter herbs) and karpas. Have him cut the paper, and then glue it to the plate.
- Your child can make the charoset by molding together small pieces of modeling clay in different colors. Encourage him to use earth tones such as brown, yellow, and sand colors. Once done, ask him to glue the clay to the plate.
- Use markers for extra detail or to decorate the perimeter of the plate.
When your child has finished all that cutting and gluing, he'll have a mixed media Seder plate. Although it isn't edible, the symbolism of this special creation will not be lost on special friends and family members who visit during the Passover holiday.