Passover Resources

Browse and download free Passover resources for kids, prepared by Gateways' experienced special education teachers: versions of the Passover story (including the Passover story in boardmaker symbols), visual supports for Passover, Passover blessings with visual supports, Passover songs with visual supports, and Passover file folder activities. We'd love to hear your feedback!

Sunday Program Families:  Click here for your Haggadah bonus pages.


Downloadable Passover Activity Placemat

Print this double sided and laminate (or cover in clear packaging tape) for a fun activity that will keep your children engaged during your Seder.

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Versions of the Passover Story

Passover story page with image

The Passover Story

The Passover story presented in simple, kid-friendly language.

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The Passover story in Boardmaker picture symbols

The Passover Story in Boardmaker Symbols

The Passover story presented in simple, kid-friendly language with clear visual supports.

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The Passover story in simple picture symbols

The Passover Story in Boardmaker Symbols (Abridged)

The abridged version of the Passover story presented in simple, kid-friendly language with clear visual supports.

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Visual Supports for Passover

Order of the seder in picture symbols

Order of the Seder

Use this visual representation of the order of the Seder to teach about the Passover Seder, and make it available to all the children at your Seder. That way, even if they can't read the Hagaddah, they enjoy the confidence boost of being able to follow along, alone or with your help. Knowing what's going on, what's next, how much longer and when their favorite parts of the Seder are coming up can help fidgety children attend to the Seder longer.

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Ten plagues in picture symbols

Ten Plagues

Symbols represent each of the ten plagues, with the name of the plague in English and in Hebrew transliteration.

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Passover Blessings with Visual Supports

Kadesh picture symbol

Kadesh

The Kadesh and Sheheheyanu blessings in Hebrew transliteration and English translation with picture symbols.

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Karpas picture symbol

Karpas

Blessing over the green vegetable in Hebrew transliteration and English translation with picture symbols.

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Maror blessing picture symbol

Maror

Blessing over the maror in Hebrew transliteration and English translation with picture symbols.

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Motzi matzah blessing picture symbol

Motzi Matzah

Blessing over the matzah in Hebrew transliteration and English translation with picture symbols.

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Washing our hands picture symbol

Rachtzah

Blessing to wash your hands in Hebrew transliteration and English translation with picture symbols.

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Passover Songs with Visual Supports

Chad gadya in picture symbols

Chad Gadya (English)

The traditional Passover song written in English (except for the repeated line "Chad gadya, chad gadya") and presented with simple picture symbols.

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Chad gadya in picture symbols

Chad Gadya

The traditional Passover song written in easy-to-follow Hebrew transliteration presented with simple picture symbols.

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Who knows one picture symbol

Echad Mi Yodea (English)

The traditional Passover song written in English and presented with simple picture symbols.

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echad mi yodea picture symbols

Echad Mi Yodea

The traditional Passover song written in easy-to-follow Hebrew transliteration presented with simple picture symbols.

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ma nishtanah picture symbols

Ma Nishtanah (The Four Questions)

The Four Questions in Hebrew transliteration and simple picture symbols.

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Passover File Folder Activities

File folder activities can help children review ideas and familiarize them with Jewish objects. Since they are inexpensive and relatively easy to make, you can accumulate a large stack of file folder activities in no time! The visual nature of file folder activities takes advantage of the visual strengths of children with autism and many other developmental disabilities. Click for the Gateways Guide to Making File Folder Activities.

The File Folder Guide for Teachers gives teachers specific tips for using file folder activities in the classroom. It also gives special instructions for helping students to make their own file folder activities, and tips for storing and organizing your classroom file folder activity library.

Each file folder activity listed below is presented with a photograph of the activity and a downloadable kit that includes visual instructions and the materials to make your own!

symbol match ten plagues

Symbol Match Ten Plagues

Students gain familiarity with the ten plagues as they match the symbols representing each plague. To view only the plague symbols, click here.  Use this activity to prepare a child for Passover, or during your seder to allow a child to recite or follow along with the plagues.

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symbol match motzi matzah

Symbol Match Motzi Matzah

This activity helps to reinforce the blessing for the matzah. The blessing is broken into single words or small phrases (presented in picture symbols with Hebrew transliteration and English translation), and students match each piece of the blessing. To view the blessing alone, click here. You can create this type of file folder activity using any of the blessings presented above.

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photo match passover seder plates

Photo Match Passover Seder Plates

This file folder activity involves matching photographs of Seder plates. The Seder plate you use at home is not the only example of a Seder plate. Students with disabilities may have difficulty understanding that Seder plates can be different sizes or made of different materials and still all be Seder plates. By using photographs of a wide variety of Seder plates, this activity will help students to generalize the idea of a Seder plate.

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sort bread and matzah

Sort Bread and Matzah

In this activity, students will sort images of bread and matzah into two categories. This will help to reinforce the idea that bread and matzah are different, and that we do not eat any type of bread during Passover, and instead we eat matzah. This activity could be used to help prepare a child for the removal of chametz (bread products not kosher for Passover) from his/her home.

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File Folder Activities for the Order of the Seder


Photo match order of seder

Photo Match Order of the Seder

This file folder activity involves matching photographs that represent each part of the Passover Seder. Prior to recognizing line drawings of objects, some children are better able to understand photographic representations. In addition to trying this file folder activity, we recommend taking photographs of the actual objects you use in your home, which would lend familiarity to this task for your child. For a child with fine motor challenges, consider mounting the photographs on chunky blocks of foam, or built up cardboard.

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symbol match order of the seder

Symbol Match Order of the Seder

In this activity, students match symbol to symbol to sequence the order of the Seder. Simple picture symbols represent each step of the seder, with the name for each step presented in Hebrew transliteration and English translation. To view only the picture symbols, download our Order of the Seder visual support.  Consider using this activity to help keep your child focused during your Seder by having him or her keep track of or announce the progress of your Seder.

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sequence seder order

Sequence Order of the Seder

In this activity, students match colored borders to sequence the order of the Seder.  This activity is slightly more advanced than matching symbol to symbol, as the visual cues are less obvious. Simple picture symbols represent each step of the seder, with the name for each step presented in Hebrew transliteration and English translation. To view only the picture symbols, download our Order of the Seder visual support. Consider using this activity to help keep your child focused during your Seder by having him or her keep track of or announce the progress of your Seder.

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