The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins on December 16th this year and one of the most iconic symbols of Hanukkah is the dreidel. The dreidel is a top like game piece you use sort of like dice to play a simple, but fun game. The sides of the dreidel have the Hebrew letters “Nun, Gimmel, Hey, and Shin” on them stand for words that mean “A great miracle happened there.”
McKenna and Ruthie are today’s models and you will find the printable for making your own dreidel and the directions for playing the game below. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, the dreidel game is fun to play.
McKenna is explaining the rules of the Dreidel game to Ruthie – “First you spin the dreidel and then depending on which side lands facing up you either get coins or put coins back in or neither.”
“And who ever finishes with all the coins, wins,” said McKenna as Ruthie looked to see that her pile of coins was empty.
Step 1 – Download the Dreidel game activity as a PDF file and follow the directions on the page to make the dreidel.
Step 2 – Using a hole punch and yellow/gold construction paper, punch out 10-15 “coins” for each doll who is playing.
Step 3 – Divide the coins among your dolls evenly and have fun playing the dreidel game!
Last year Karen showed us how to make a Menorah for dolls out of some basic supplies from the craft store. If you would like to make your dolls a Menorah to help them celebrate Hanukkah, go to the Doll Sized Menorah Craft post.
Have fun and get creative in decorating your dreidel!