I am not Jewish to be honest, however growing up I always learned about Jewish traditions and holidays in school. Something many schools no longer do. I loved learning about different holidays and ways of doing things. These are fun Hanukkah games to teach about the religion and the holiday. There fun for kids, whether they are Jewish or not and it’s a great way to teach about other religions as well.
The Dreidel Game
The Dreidel Game is a common game to play and can not be over looked. The game only takes a few items, which are a dreidel , 20 pennies for each player and a pot or area to put the pennies. Each player receives the 20 pennies and takes a turn spinning the dreidel. Before the spinning begins, each player puts two pennies in the pot. When the dreidal lands in a spin, each side means something different, which is:
- N un means the player does nothing.
- Gimel means to take everything in the pot.
- Hey means to take half the pot.
- Shin means to put a penny in the pot.
Besides using pennies, chocolate gelt coins can be used, as well as gold gelt sticker coins or fruits and nuts too.
Dreidel Musical Chairs
Use a dreidel to play a variation of musical chairs. Have the children sit in a circle and play a Hanukkah CD . Have the children pass the dreidel to one another as the music plays, they ill want to pass it quickly, because when the music stops, who ever is left holding the dreidel is out of the game. The player that is left is the winner and receives the dreidel as the prize.
Hanukkah Word Find
These can be printed online or it can be created at home. Use graph paper to first place words that pertain to Hanukkah in the graph paper boxes. Once those words have been added, then fill in all the other boxes with random letters to hide the words. Make enough copies to hand out to all the children.
Hanukkah Jigsaw Puzzle
Make jigsaw puzzles for kids to put together, by drawing and coloring in images that represent Hanukkah. It would be best to draw these on a sturdy cardboard so that it will stay together better once placed together. Draw and color the pictures and then carefully cut the image out and cut into pieces. Or color the area around the image and cut the entire piece of cardboard into pieces. D o not cut the pieces too small or they may not fit back together properly or being really hard to put together.