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The Ten Plagues

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Updated on Apr 4, 2014

The Ten Plagues represent ten calamities which are mentioned in the Book of Exodus. It's said that Israel's God inflicted these plagues on the Egyptians to force the Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery. After the 10th plague, the Pharaoh gave in and the Exodus of the Jewish people began. Every year at the Passover Seder, each plague is mentioned as part of the ritual. To aid your child in paying attention during the Seder, have him create a work of art about the Ten Plagues. 

What You Need:

  • Colored pencils
  • White drawing paper

What You Do:

  1. Discuss the nature of the Ten Plagues with your child. 
  2. Ask if he can list the plagues and if he understands what each one means.
  3. Have him draw a visual representation of each plague on the sheet of paper using colored pencils to draw details.
  4. A list of plagues to represent are:

Plague of water turning to blood

Plague of frogs

Plague of gnats, or lice

Plague of flies

Plague against livestock

Plague of boils

Plague of hail

Plague of locusts

Plague of darkness

Plague of the death of the firstborn


Encourage him to bring his finished drawing to the Seder table to share with others participating in the ritual.

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