During the Passover Seder, we do numerous things to keep children engaged with the story. We pour wine out, we eat foods out of order, we drink numerous cups of wine, just to keep children engaged. One of the things children enjoy the most is searching for the Afikoman. The Afikoman is larger half of the middle of the three matzahs that is broken into two early in the Seder. The Afikoman is placed in an Afikomen bag and then hidden by the leader who then bargains with whoever finds the Afikomen, hopefully in the bag and still intact.
The Afikomen bag is exactly what it sounds like – a bag to place food in. It is generally padded so the matzah does not get broken. It generally has a way to close it, this is usually a drawstring or a ribbon. This aside, the Afikomen bag can be any shape or color, with any design.
Generally, the material of the Afikomen bag is a fabric, usually cotton or silk. The top usually has a drawstring. The design on the afikomen bag can be practically anything; the most popular designs are Jerusalem, flowers or items from the seder, such as cups of wine, a depiction of the bitter herb and the like. Other less common designs include a Jewish star, the Kotel, the 7 species, crowns or depiction of something related to the Exodus from Egypt, such as the Crossing of the Red Sea or the pillars of fire and cloud leading the Jews out of Egypt.
Afikoman bags make for amazing gifts and are a great way of adding a touch of playfulness and whimsy to your Jewish Holidays.