Kids Pesach activities, crafts abound on the Web

On seder night, we are supposed to drink wine until: (a) Uncle Irving's jokes sound new to you; (b) you can no longer tell the difference between Pharaoh and Moses; (c) you don't miss bread. That's just one of the many Pesach jokes found on the World Wide Web at The Internet is full of puzzles, games, songs and coloring books to help kids gear up for the big holiday. Today, some of the best.

My favorite Passover kids' site is Nurit Reshef's From Pesach to Shavuot at yreshef/pesach/pesachframes.html (You will need a browser that can handle Java in order to enjoy this site.) Reshef has created a "four-room" virtual playhouse. In the library, for example, you can listen to stories in Hebrew and English, learn about the history of the holiday and click on an online seder plate to create some silly holiday stories. When you get to the playroom try out the holiday word search and complete the on-screen jigsaw puzzle. And don't forget to play (and win) Passover Tic-Tac-Toe against the dumbest computer in the world.

Need to keep the kids creative while you're getting ready for the holiday? Here are a couple of sites worth checking out. Kids Domain Passover — — has craft suggestions, including make your own seder plate, placemats and afikomen bag. The Diaspora Yeshiva — ?Q43921814 — has an online coloring book that follows the entire seder in 15 panels. Just download, print and color. Torah Tots — holidays/pesach/pesach.htm — also has pages illustrating the story of Pesach and the Ten Plagues.

Since much time before Passover is spent in the kitchen, why not include your kids? According to cookbook author Joan Nathan, "When children help you cook for a holiday, they learn the meaning of that holiday." You can find her kid-friendly recipes for chocolate-covered matzos, charoset, apple and carrot kugel muffins and chocolate chip kisses at

Speaking of food, parents will appreciate the hundreds of recipes at the Jewish-Food Passover Archives — — and at the Passover Cyber Kitchen — And if your child has a food sensitivity or allergy to eggs, wheat or dairy, Passover can feel like an almost insurmountable challenge. Rivka Leah Schwartz has been there and has some advice at

If your kids still need more, have them check out the quizzes at the Department of Jewish Education — pesgnen.html

Billy Bear's Pesach Holiday site has mazes (Help Moses find the Ten Commandments; Help the people cross the Red Sea) at and Passover in Cyberspace has dozens' more links at

Another amusing game at encourages you to search for any chametz that may be hiding on your computer screen. With a few deft clicks of the mouse, you are chametz-free.

If only cleaning the real stuff were that easy!