Some years ago, I designed something I called a “Seder Scorecard” (scroll down).

As in the previous post, I was more concerned here with helping the kids — and parents — follow the procedure, than with the story per se.

A good article on the steps:

My original idea was that kids could check off each step of the seder as we went through it. I hoped that it would help keep their attention and interest on the seder itself, and help them follow what was happening. I also suggested that when we were finished, they could date it at the bottom, and even write the names of the other people who were there. Then, it could be a memento for them — especially if a grandparent or elderly aunt or uncle were there. They could do another one each year.

Leading a seder a few years ago, I asked the kids, in addition to checking the box, to write about what they saw at each step, or what question they had. At one kid’s suggestion, they could even draw a quick sketch of what they’d seen. At the end of the seder, we gave each kid a chance to read what they’d written or show what they’d drawn. I can say that it truly added something special. The parents not only loved what their own kids had done, but everyone just loved watching each kid give his/her presentation.

I was surprised and delighted to see that the parents looked over their kids’ shoulders and helped them at each step, as needed. That meant that the parents’ kavannah was on the seder, too.

Seder Scorecard

The “Ma’gid” (# 5) is the longest section. It includes the most story-telling and midrashic additions to the strict narrative. I usually go through the first 4 steps without questions or discussion, just to get things started, but then open up in the 5th step to all the questioning and commenting that people want to do.

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the 7th step, “Mo’tzi Ma’tzah,” is sometimes counted as 2 separate steps. Thus, sometimes you see that there are “14” steps in the seder; other times you see “15.” I solved this by making it 7a and 7b.

You can print this out if you want to use it.  Or design your own. Or, let the kids design their own on the computer or by hand; at home or at Hebrew school (or some other Jewish educational program).

You could add some Hebrew, if you like (recommended). And/or Yiddish. Or Russian. And so on.

You could add a page border and title. I don’t suggest adding illustrations, but that’s up to you.

Hag Sa’mei’ach.