I ran across this bizarre item on Facebook. A friend (a real friend, too, not just a Facebook “friend”) posted a gift his children received. The only thing stranger: they’re not Jewish, and it’s not Passover.

Plagues Finger Puppets

Rite Lite’s “Ten Plagues Passover Finger Puppets” Flashy Soup Can via Flickr

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Rite Lite makes the puppets and distributes it on its website. RiteLite.com, I found out, is “your ultimate online source for wholesale Judaica”). Rite Lite makes a bunch of ten plagues toys and novelties including

Another option is to make your own puppets. Brenda Ponnay, author of the Secret Agent Josephine blog, has some finger puppets you can download and print for free (available here). Personally, I find Ponnay’s puppets much cuter than Rite Lite’s puppets (the frogs and wild animals are downright darling).

Whatever plagues-themed puppet you use, let us know how your kids like it. I’m guessing my brothers would have fought over the dead eldest brother while I threaten to turn them into a river of blood.

Maybe these puppets are a fun idea after all.

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Tobin Grant

@TobinGrant blogs for Religion News Service at Corner of Church and State, a data-driven conversation on religion and politics. He is a political science professor at Southern Illinois University and associate editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.


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    […] After writing about these 10 plagues products last year, I received responses from families whose children play with the toys. Parents and grandparents loved the puppets and other toys. They’re accurate to the Passover story. Kids like the mix of cute & gross. Best of all: it gives the children something to do while the grown-ups are putting the final touches on the meal. […]

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