If you're a little kid, all these things are very cool. But there is one more thing about Passover that is cooler still. The central element to the Seder is called "Maggid," which means "telling." We tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt, where, in order to push Pharoah to let the Jewish people go, G-d sent a series of plagues to afflict Egypt. Those plagues included: Lice, Locusts, Frogs, and Vermin. So of course, for Passover, we've got to have frog, bug, and snake toys to play with!
I think it is this very reason that Passover brings out the kid in me. Have you ever gone to orientaltrading.com and searched for "frogs?"
If your kids are obsessed with superheroes like mine (yes, I'm talking to you, Mara), they'll love that a lot of them have the same colors as their favorites. Here's Iron Man:
This year, the dollar section at Target had the most awesome giant bug toys, and I found some insect finger puppets at Oriental Trading.
These snakes were a dollar at Wal-Mart.
My favorite find of the year? Hefty zooPals products. They make frog plates and utensils in the shapes of frogs and snakes (you do have to pick through the packs to find ones you want.) The plates are disposable, but you can use the utensils all Passover long, or probably year-to-year if you want.
I have been known to decorate the Passover table with frogs and bugs.
I collect a few things each year. This year's haul was disproportionately large because all the toys I've collected are sitting in storage somewhere in Columbus. But I'm happy to add to the stash! In a normal year I'd spend about $10-$15 on Passover plague toys and accessories - I spent about $30 this year. It is so, SO worth it to see my kids excited about Passover!
Stay tuned for a post on Passover books and haggadot for kids, and one on Passover music as well!
What are you doing to get your kids (and yourselves) excited for Passover?