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In this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Bo, we read about the last three plagues inflicted upon the Egyptians – locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn. Discuss why darkness would be considered a plague. What are the consequences of darkness on an individual and on a society? Kids loved to be blindfolded to experience darkness. In this craft, we use a fun and easy technique to represent this plague.




Toothpicks or chopsticks

Black acrylic paint


1.    Have kids color the entire piece of paper with crayons.

2.    Dust of all the wax.

3.    Cover the entire paper with black paint. Let dry and apply a second coat.

4.    Once paint is dry, etch a picture of Egypt on the paper so that the crayon shows through underneath.

Variation: For younger kids, you can eliminate the black paint and just color over the piece of paper with black crayons. Make sure you press hard and cover the entire page!

Emily Shapiro Katz has been a community Jewish educator for over ten years in Jerusalem, Atlanta, and San Francisco. She has recently made Aliyah to Beer Sheva with her husband, Andy, and daughters Maya, age 5 and Avital, age 2. Her contributions to this website reflect her interest in teaching Tanach, doing craft projects, and entertaining her kids. Emily blogs about her Parsha Projects at