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Every year at Passover, there’s a special custom of leaving one chair for the prophet Elijah, should he come in from his wanderings on the open road. In a broad, symbolic sense, this gesture of hospitality—which sometimes also includes setting a whole place with a decorated goblet, and even leaving a door ajar—is also a gesture of welcome and inclusion to any soul who is wandering, and in need of community.
For young children, a common religious school craft is to decorate a goblet for Elijah, using a variety of colorful materials. Here is an extension of that theme for school-age kids: Hand-lettered placecards for everyone at the Seder table, decorated with a glittery, bejeweled pop-up Elijah’s cup. This activity requires only a few simple materials—along with a happy dollop of kid-creativity thrown in!