I have a cool craft for you today. I’m going to show you how to make a Paper Strip Dreidel. This Dreidel craft actually produces a Dreidel that actually spins. Not just spins…. but spins amazingly well. So well in fact that I also am giving you the Dreidel game instructions so that you can use your Paper Strip Dreidel to play with your friends. So grab the materials needed and let’s get started.
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Cut some long strips of paper. Mine were 1/4 inch wide.
Add glue to the tip of one of the strips of paper.
Get a toothpick. Wrap paper strip tightly around the bottom of the toothpick… but leaving some of the tip sticking out.
When you near the end of one of your paper strips, then glue the end of another strip to the 1st strip.
Keep rolling tightly.
Add more strips.
Add still more strips.
It is looking like this.
Glue the tip of the last strip down. Hold tightly for a few minutes to let completely dry.
After dries… Pull strips of paper slowly up to look like this.
Look how pretty.
Each side of the Dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (nun), ג (gimel), ה (hei) and ש (shin).
Draw these Hebrew letters on the sides of your paper strip Dreidel.
Your paper Dreidel should spin really well.
Dreidel Game Instructions
Each player begins with an equal number of game pieces (usually 10–15). The game pieces can be any object, such as chocolate gelt, pennies, or raisins.
At the beginning of each round, every participant puts one game piece into the center “pot”. In addition, every time the pot is empty and sometimes if it has one game piece left, every player puts one in the pot. Each player spins the dreidel once during their turn. Depending on which player side is facing up when it stops spinning, they give or take game pieces from the pot:
- If נ (nun) is facing up, the player does nothing.
- If ג (gimel) is facing up, the player gets everything in the pot.
- If ה (hei) is facing up, the player gets half of the pieces in the pot. (If there is an odd number of pieces in the pot, the player takes half the pot rounded up to the nearest whole number)
- If ש (shin) or פ (pei) is facing up, the player adds a game piece to the pot.
If the player is out of pieces, they are either “out” or may ask another player for a “loan”.
There you have it. You just made your very own Paper Strip Dreidel and have the instructions for playing the Dreidel game….. now go grab your friends and play the game of Dreidel. Let me know how you did in the comments below…. I’d love to hear about it.
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