The Sensory Side of Passover

One of the very cool ways we are getting ready for Pesach (Passover) in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), is by having a sensory experience with the items that might be on a seder plate.

Last week, we made and ate חֲרוֹסֶת (Charoset, made with, shredded/chopped apples, banana, cinnamon, and grape juice).

This week, a number of children have already experienced מָרוֹר (Maror- horseradish). First, we checked out a whole piece מָרוֹר (Maror- horseradish) root, essentially how it looks when harvested.

Part of our process was smelling the מָרוֹר (Maror- horseradish) and children guessed that it might taste yucky or spicy.

There was a mixture of apprehension and excitement about tasting the מָרוֹר (Maror- horseradish). This might have something to do with the song that we sing about the foods on the seder plate, where we sometimes call מָרוֹר (Maror- horseradish) bitter or spicy. But every child tasted it, in fact they all asked to taste it multiple times!

After tasting the children had a few new words to describe the taste of מָרוֹר (Maror- horseradish) after experiencing it for themselves.

“Its sour!”

“I think its so spicy!”

“It tasted hot.”

“It didn’t taste as bad as I thought, I kind of like it.”

As we continue to taste more of the items that might be found on a seder plate, we will start to think about why they might be associated with Passover.

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