Hanukkah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights” holiday lasts eight days and nights. It begins at sundown on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev. There is blessings, games, and festive foods. Here is a guild to some games that will keep everyone laughing while having fun. Winners of course get Hanukkah party favors . Here are a few party favor choices, stickers, tattoos, dridels, candy, chocolate gelt (coins), mini toys, key chains, cookies, yo-yos, hats, jewelry, Hanukkah bandz, and flags.
1-This Game is Something like Musical Chairs.
Have every child playing sit on the floor. A Dreidel (a small spinning top with four sides) is passed around while Hanukkah music is played. Whoever has the Dreidel in hand when the music stops is out of the game. Keep going until one child is left. The winner gets to keep Dreidel.
2-Hanukkah Apple Fun Activity
Pair players into teams of two. Each pair holds an apple between their foreheads. Have a leader give the orders: “Squat “, “Three steps to the left”, “Jump”, “Three steps to the right”, and so on. The pairs keep doing the orders trying not to drop the apple. If the apple drops the pair is out. This goes on until only one pair is left. The winner gets a Hanukkah party favor.
3-Hanukkah Fishing Game
Children and adults will love playing this game. The game starts by putting plastic ducks with hooks on their backs into water. You take a fishing rod made from a stick, with a string tied on it and put a hook at the bottom of the string. The bottom of each duck should have a number or shape on it to go with a party favor. You can use the ducks with squares for chocolates; triangles for dreidels, and the circles for cookies. Everyone should be limited to the times they fish before being sent back to the back of the line. Of course children should have a longer time to try then adults. Keep fishing until everyone has a party favor.
4-Who has the Hanukkah Coin
Players have to guess who has the coin. Players make a circle and choose one person to be the coin dropper. the coin dropper will hold a chocolate gold coin in their hands. The players hold out their hands so the coin dropper can run their hands through the players hands. One player will be chosen by the dropper for the coin to be dropped into their hand secretly. Next, the dropper will chose a player to guess who has the coin. If the player guesses correctly they will become the coin dropper, if guessed wrong the dropper keeps asking players until someone gets it right. Winners receive Hanukkah party favors.
A dreidel is a small spinning top with four sides. The sides show Hebrew letters: nun, gimel,hei,and shin,
which stands for “Nes Gadol Hayah Sham”, meaning ” A great miracle happened there.” In Israel the dreidel instead of shin it has pei, for ” Nes Gadol Hayah Po,” meaning ” A great miracle happened here.”
In this game you can give each player 20 pennies, nuts or candy. Players put in 2 pennies, nuts or candy then they spin the dreidel to see what letter will show when the dreidel stops.
Nun- do nothing
Gimel- take everything
Hei- take half the pot
shin-put one penny, nut or candy in the pot
When a player spins and lands on gimel they take all the pot and the game continues with each player putting in more pennies, nuts or candy. At the end the nuts and candy can be eaten.
Enjoy the games and Happy Hanukkah