What You’ll Need
- Toothpaste box
- Construction paper
- Glue stick or tape
- Raisins or nuts
1. Cut a section from the end of the toothpaste box. Then cut the open ends of the box to make four triangular shapes.
2. Wrap paper around the box and fasten with glue or tape. Trim the paper around the triangular shapes and tape together.
3. Use a pencil to poke a hole on the top of the dreidel. Make a knob by rolling a small piece of paper and gluing it into the hole.
Shin (put in)
4. Use a marker or construction paper to add the letters to each side.
5. Make a pile of raisins or nuts for the money pot or gelt.
Spin the dreidel. Based on which side lands up, you give or get gelt from the pot. Play until one person has everything.
Younger kids: Play the dreidel song as your child plays the game. Then as your child puts in or takes out raisins or nuts, help her with the concept of half, nothing, and everything. (We think she’ll catch on quickly to that last one.)
Older kids: Have your child keep track of how many times the dreidel lands on each side. Check the results after 10 spins, 20 spins, and 25 spins. Which side turns up more often than the others? Ask your child to guess why this might be happening. If possible, repeat the study again with a different dreidel.