Now that you know what we're having, here's the meaning behind each of the dishes:
Unleavened Bread: reminds us of what the Israelites made as they had to leave Egypt quickly; they did not have time for the leavening to do its job, so no leaven was used. Also a reminder of freedom from slavery to the Egyptians.
Charoses: represents the mortar used by the Israelite slaves to make bricks in Egypt
Salt water: tears
Bitter herb: horseradish: reminds of the bitterness of slavery in Egypt
Sweet herb: parsley: dipped in the salt water (tears) reminds us of the very simple and lowly conditions that the Israelites lived in.
Hard-boiled Egg: a symbol of mourning
Roasted Lamb: a symbol of the lamb sacrifice
There are many websites you can see for the specific order used in the Passover Seder meal. I've looked here, here and here for info. Considering the ages of our very young children, we will probably keep this extremely simple and perhaps this year, we will just try the foods in order listed and explain why we remember them this time of year.
I've seen mention of chocolate coins at the end of the meal and haven't been able to find it mentioned in any order of the Seder. Is this a tradition or just something that has been added through the years?
I'd appreciate feedback from those who have tried this with young children! And, if you try it this year, please come back and let me know how your Passover meal goes! To God be the glory!