This simple dreidel made out of recycled materials is a super easy Hanukkah craft for kids. Every child loves spinning the dreidel and like most kids who celebrate the Festival of Lights, my boys have a slew of dreidels. Nevertheless, it’s still fun to make your own (especially when it doesn’t take much effort!).
I must confess that there is a certain tune I hum at this time of the year. My husband tells me that the Dreidel Song is the most annoying song in the world and it is always the non-Jews (like me) who sing it as soon as Hanukkah is mentioned. Well, what can you expect? It’s catchy. Despite what my husband says, I encourage you and your kids to sing it while you put together your own dreidels!
Dreidel Craft Instructions:
All you need is a 3 inch square of thin cardboard (reusing a cereal box is perfect). Divide into equal triangles, print the Hebrew letters in the triangles and poke a short pencil through the middle. You can see above that I wrote the letters on a piece of paper first so my son could copy them.
That’s it! You’re done.
Bring on the chocolate gelt!
We also made a pre-fab version. In general I am not a fan of pre-fab projects, but Kiddo received this one as a gift and it has been lurking in the holiday box for years. I guess its time had come.
I was secretly gleeful that the pre-fab didn’t work as well and as I had to do most of the work, the cardboard version was the winner.
“…and when it’s dry and ready, then Dreidel I will play….” I just can’t help it!
Need dreidel game instructions? Find them at The Pleasantest Thing.
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