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Dreidels: A Global and Jewish Game (craft)


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There is nothing more Jewish than dreidls at Hanukkah. And yet spinning top games are some of the world's oldest and most global of toys. Clay tops have been found in the ancient city of Ur dating from 3500 B.C. and in many civilizations and eras since. In addition to being made out of clay they have been made out of shells, wood, bone, and, in modern times, metal and plastic. How did they come to be connected with Hanukkah? According to Rabbi David Golinkin, the connection was made in England where a four sided spinning top game was played at Christmas. The Jewish version of the game brings together Yiddish for its name (to drei means to turn) and Hebrew for its letters, which signify that a great miracle happened there-in the land of Israel. This simple but beautiful craft will help bring the tops of the world into your home and bring some sparkle to your Hanukkah celebrations.

Glitter Dreidels

This is a fun (and messy) craft to do with children, while talking about the history of dreidels. We made a box of 100 (!) but even a few will go a long way towards brightening your holiday home. They look lovely in bowls or jars, and twinkle brightly next to Hanukkah candles.


Small wooden dreidels
Glitter in desired colors (fine glitter preferred)
White glue
Wax paper or drying rack
Paper plates

For each dreidel:

 1. Holding the dreidel by its handle, paint each surface with a thin, even layer of white glue. (Don't paint   the handle.)
 2. Hold the dreidel over the paper plate.
 3. Still holding the dreidel by its handle, cover each surface liberally with glitter. (Be generous: most of it will   fall off, and the paper plate will catch the excess so you can use it again).
 4. Carefully place the dreidel on a rack or wax paper.
 5. Let dry undisturbed overnight.
 6. While you're waiting, play a game with any unpainted dreidels!