The Passover seder is meant to be engaging. The most traditional seder features storytelling, singing, foods as teaching tools, questions and answers, and an emotional journey.
Children have a special role in the seder. It's traditional for the youngest child to recite the Four Questions in the haggadah. Passover traditions have a strong sense of play. In many families the adults hide the afikoman for the children to find, or the children steal the afikoman and hide it from the adults. Many Passover customs exist solely for the purpose of making the children ask more questions.
Today, we can enhance our seders with puppets and plays, toy plagues to throw at each other, poetry and songs of freedom. People use the format of the seder to celebrate themes of freedom and justice, and the connection of the Jewish historical experience with those of other people. There are Black-Jewish seders that share the history of slavery. There are Israeli-Palestinian seders that share the pain of occupation and violence. And there are rainbow seders for all kinds of inclusive learning and community.
If your family is leading a seder, you can make it meaningful to all who come to the table: children and adults, Jewish and non-Jewish relatives and friends. We have provided a list of haggadahs and other Passover resources to help you create an engaging seder that addresses the universal themes of liberation and family origins of Passover.
The Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families is also available in PDF and Word formats.