Milk Carton Dreidel
By: Hailey Biback
Age: 5 and up
The dreidel is an ancient, four-sided top with one Hebrew letter on each side. The letters nun, gimel, hay, and shin form an acronym that means "A great miracle happened there". Make your own dreidel and play this spinning-top game (see rules below) with your family and friends this Chanukah season.
What you'll need:
- 1 small, single size paper milk carton
- Masking tape
- Kitchen knife
- Acrylic paint
- 1 Popsicle stick
- Glitter pen or white craft glue and loose glitter
How to make it:
- Take a small, empty milk carton container and wash it out thoroughly. Dry it gently using a kitchen towel.
- Close the spout on the container and tape it shut using a small piece of masking tape.
- Using a kitchen knife (parents, please do this part for your children) cut a small incision into the bottom centre of your container, just long enough to put a Popsicle stick through.
- Paint the entire milk carton whatever colour you choose. If the paint looks streaky, do another coat.
- Wait an hour to make sure the paint is completely dry and then add the letters Nun, Hay, Gimel and Shin (pictured below) with glitter pens or craft glue and loose glitter to the four sides of your dreidel, one letter on each side.
- How to play the Dreidel game: This game should be played in groups of four. Each player gets an equal amount of gelt. (In Yiddish, gelt means money or gold. You can use pennies, candy or nuts). Put another amount of gelt in the pot. Then, each player takes a turn spinning the top. If it lands on Nun, the player receives nothing. If it lands on Hay, the player takes half of what’s in the pot. If it lands on Gimel, the player takes all of the pot, and if it lands on Shin, the player puts one piece of gelt into the pot.