Passover Word Games

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"In each and every generation, a person is obligated to see themselves as if they went free from Egypt."

This is one of the reasons that we are supposed to notice, ask questions, and discuss during the Seder. We not only have to see ourselves in the story, we must experience it as well. And why not have some fun as we do that? We invite you to use these cards to play with family and friends during the Seder—or any other time during the holiday—as you learn about important ideas, symbols, and people connected to Pesah.

HOW TO PLAY: The object of the game is to get other players to say the guessing word—but you can’t say the forbidden words. You can play the game in different ways, depending on which of the Four Children you want to be:

IF YOU’RE THE WISE ONE: Play by all the rules! Divide into teams and use the cards as a Taboo-style game where each team gets one minute to correctly identify as many words as possible. The first player selects a card and gives their teammates clues without saying any of the forbidden words. The player continues with additional cards until the time is up, and the team counts their points. Then it is the next team’s turn. Play as many rounds as you like, or until the cards run out. The team with the most points wins.

IF YOU’RE THE REBELLIOUS ONE: Use the blank cards to create your own guessing words to add to the game, or make up a brand new game with the cards.

IF YOU’RE THE SIMPLE ONE: Play the game according to the wise child rules, but choose only two or three of the words listed to be the forbidden words.

IF YOU’RE THE ONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO ASK: Use the cards like a cooperative game of charades. A grownup can whisper the word to a child who will act it out for everyone else to guess, or children can act out words that the grownups must guess. Everyone wins!

For more resources, check out the Passover collection in Hadar's Torah Library.

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