I had a little dreidel,
I made it out of clay,
And when it's dry and ready,
Oh, dreidel, I shall play!
In our house, tops are are some of the most-played-with toys...
This top makes chugging noises as the tiny train goes round & round the track (and even the tiny gate goes up and down...) It's one of the prizes in our collection!
Here are some tiny tops we made ourselves.
A dreidel has a Hebrew letter on each of its 4 sides. The letters are “nun,” “gimel,“ “hay” and “shin” which stand for the words “Nes Gadol Haya Sham.” This means “A Great Miracle Happened There.” The dreidel game is usually played with pennies or nuts. To start, each player puts a penny (or nut) into a small bowl in the center of the table, then one player spins the dreidel. If “nun” comes up the spinner does nothing and the next player starts their turn; “hay” means the spinner takes half of the coins in the bowl; “shin,” the spinner adds a penny to the bowl; “gimel,” the spinner takes all coins in the bowl. When the bowl is emptied everyone adds another coin and the game continues until one player wins all the coins.
This year Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 20th. Perhaps you'll join the fun this holiday season and try a game of dreidel, too!