Thursday, April 06, 2006

Afikoman Treasure Hunt

I'm always looking for new ideas to make the seder more interesting for the kids, to really engage them. This year we have seven kids at the seder, all boys, ranging in age from 9 to 15 plus a one year old. Five of the six boys are getting day school educations, so really ought to be able to find their way around a tanach - especially my boys - 8th and 10th grade.

I saw online an afikomen treasure hunt - with clues, but didn't love their clues so I came up with my own.

Here's how it's going to work (I hope!)

Step 1: Afikomen is hidden. I'll put the clues into their right places once the seder starts.
Step 2: When it's time (about 10 minutes after the main course is put out, the kids are done and starting to get bored...), they'll really be looking hard for the afikomen at that point, I'll hand one a tanach, with a post-it note pointing to the first clue.... and they'll have to go from there....

Clues and locations:

Oven Door
Exodus 8:3The Nile River will swarm with them. They will come up out of the river and into your houses, even into your bedrooms and onto your beds! Every home in Egypt will be filled with them. They will fill even your ovens and your kneading bowls.

Kitchen sliding door overlooking garage
Judges 5:28: "From the window Sisera's mother looked out. Through the window she watched for his return, saying, `Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why don't we hear the sound of chariot wheels?'

On the toothpaste
Song of Solomon 4:2:Your teeth are as white as sheep, newly shorn and washed. They are perfectly matched; not one is missing.

Mezuzah at front door
Deuteronomy 6:9:Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Bathroom scale (where the afikoman will be!)
Deuteronomy 25:13:"You must use accurate scales when you weigh out merchandise,

Cross your fingers for me that it works. All I'm going to leave them is the reference (book, chapter verse) and make them think!



  1. my sister and I try to make the seder more fun for our non-religious younger cousins. last year we had props for the plagues. what's the link for the treasure hunt, maybe the clues will be easier for them

  2. is the site where I saw it originally, but their clues are equally difficult, and I think a little more obscure.

  3. Anonymous11:11 PM

    Yeah mother, you forgot to hand us the tanach, so i just used the real all-nebrew one. not my fault that after 2 cups of wine already I cant translate the hebrew from shir hashirim or recognize quptes from shirat devorah


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