A Splitting Paper Sea

Split the sea in your own home!


Why is this Pesach different than all other Pesachs? I’m sure I don’t even need to begin to tell you. With Coronavirus spreading and most of us holed up at home, for many, almost nothing will look the same. My kids are continuing to learn about Pesach with their teachers via Zoom, and we are making Hagaddot, but I think many of us are looking to expand on their learning at home and really bring the holiday to life. This will be our first time making a Seder and we are trying to make it special. (Paroh hat has been ordered!)


We always decorate a wall in our dining room with seasonal crafts, including school projects and our own additions. We made the Yam Suf this year and plan on putting pictures of our family in the center! We used a variety of colors for the waves, since my supply of blue paper is limited at this point. I translated that wall mural into a fun craft you can do on a smaller scale. I googled “splitting of the sea coloring page” and picked a version that was not too elaborate for our center scene. You can also draw your own, or print out pictures of your own family like we are planning.

I am honored to once again to have this project featured in the Pesach edition of The Jewish Link of New Jersey, in the Kid’s Link section. Pick up a copy if you are local or check it out online.

Looking for more Pesach projects?
Kriyat Yam Suf Diorama
Paper Seder Table
Seder Placecards
Chametz Hunt with Peek-a-boo Doors
Pesach Puppets

A Splitting Paper Sea

Active: 15-25 minutes

Age: 3-7

2 pieces of white paper
Blue paper of any type, we used construction paper and tissue paper
Markers, crayons or colored pencils
Clear tape (packing tape works well)

Cover one sheet of white paper with blue waves. You can cut them out and glue them on or draw them, or a mixture of both! When gluing, I recommend starting with the wave that will be overlapped (likely higher up the page) rather than the one at the bottom so you don’t need to lift and tuck them in.

Allow a few minutes to dry and then cut the paper in half and set aside.

Using the second sheet of paper, create a scene of the Jews walking through the sea. Print a coloring page from google or create your own!

Using a strip of clear tape, attach the two halves of your waves page on top of the scene.

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Kriyat Yam Suf Diorama

Split the sea…in a aluminum pan!


The scene: Husband has left on a business trip, the baby decides not to nap and the kids are tearing out their hair with boredom. The best suggestion I could scrape together was a really big project. We considered and rejected paper mache, thinking it might be chametz! We came up with this instead and it took a whole hour and came out so cute!

We started with the ubiquitous Pesach kitchen item – a 9×13 aluminum pan and covered in all the blue stuff we could find. Then we used Crayola Model Magic air-dry clay to make the figures. My older daughter was able to do this by herself, my younger one needed some initial guidance but caught on fairly quickly. I love that sheep (not the best picture)!


Moshe leading the way in the striped shirt

grandma-and-grandpa“Grandma and Grandpa” with grey hair, based on the colors of clay we had left!

A few days later when the figures dried, we hot glued them to the bottom of the pan. Some of them didn’t stand up so well, so I added a toothpick for support behind them.

A word about Model Magic – we have found that any pieces you have stuck together tend to fall apart pretty quickly once you start playing with the finished  dried piece. I stuck a toothpick through each figure while it was still sticky, hoping it would add balance and stability, but I’m not sure how much it helped. We glued the figures to the pan and they were fine but the kids pulled them out to play with them and they all started losing legs, eyeballs and arms. Hot glue and more toothpicks only got us so far, but the kids thought the “surgery” was funny.

So if you want to put this on your table as a centerpiece, try to keep the kids from pulling the figures out! Any tips to keep them together better are welcome!

Looking for more Pesach projects?
Paper Seder Table
Seder Placecards
Chametz Hunt with Peek-a-boo Doors
Pesach Puppets

Kriyat Yam Suf Diorama

Active: 1 hour+
Drying: 2-3 days

Age: 3-9

Aluminum pan
Blue construction paper
Blue tissue paper
Air dry clay
Hot glue

Cut up blue construction paper into small shapes and glue all over the inside of the aluminum pan, including up the sides. Crumple balls of tissue paper and add them to the walls for texture, and to focus on how the sea stood up as walls.

Form figures with air dry clay. Use toothpicks to secure them together as needed. We put a base under the sheep so he would stand up better when glued down. Use your best judgement as to how this will work best.

Allow clay to dry for 2-3 days. Use hot glue to attach to the bottom of the pan.

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