Here's an easy Hanukkah activity that's perfect for preschoolers. All it takes is some colored paper and glue...and one of the holiday's most popular symbols....the dreidel (or sevivon).
The dreidel (or sevivon in Hebrew) is a four-sided top used in playing a Hanukkah game. On each side of the sevivon are letters from the Hebrew alphabet: Nun, Gimel, Hey and Shin These letters stand for the Hebrew words, "A great miracle happened there. (Nes gadol haya sham). But the Hanukkah story happened in Israel, so Israelis say, "A great miracle happened here." In Israel the sevivon appears with the letter Pe, instead of the Shin....(Nes gadol haya po). Po is the Hebrew word for "here".
Now that we've got that straight....let's find out how to play the dreidel game!
Each player gets an equal number of coins (or nuts or chocolate) and puts one in the middle of the table for the pot. The players take turns spinning the dreidel. If it lands with the letter Nun up, the player gets nothing; with the Gimel up, the player takes all the coins in the pot and everyone must put another one in; with the Hey up, the player takes helf the coins form the pot; with the Shin up, the player must add a coin to the pot.
Okay....let's start our Hanukkah activity and make some dreidels!
Enjoy! Have a very Happy Hanukkah....Chag Hanukkah Sameach!
Colored construction paper
With a ruler and pencil, draw a dreidel shape on black construction paper (use our picture as your guide)
Draw a second dreidel shape, this time a bit smaller than the first
Cut or tear small bits of colored paper
Spread glue on the smaller dreidel shape
Glue the bits of colored paper on the dreidel
You can also use stickers and other small decorations (we used wooden squares at the corners)
Now you can hang your dreidels in the house for holiday decoration.
Candle Drip Decorations
This is a popular Hanukkah activity in Israel, but it requires adult supervision!
Draw a dreidel shape on paper. Hold a colored Hanukkah candle in your hand. Light it and let the wax drip onto the dreidel that you've drawn. Use different colored candles. See the example that Naomi made this year!
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