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Dreidel Bag

Posted by Elisa Taub
Dreidel Bag

Hanukkah is almost here and among the many traditions surrounding this holiday is the game of Dreidel! I have wonderful childhood memories of evenings spent playing this game with my family and now I am creating these same warm memories for my own children.

Each night of Hanukkah, after dinner, the bags of pennies and dreidels come out and we are ready to play! But I'm not talking about plastic sandwich bags, I'm referring to special hand crafted felt bags which my children made to hold their dreidels and loot.

Your kids will love having their own "special" dreidel bag and this is also a great gift your kids can make to hand out to their guests at your family Hanukkah party.

SUPPLIES:
Two small (approx. 4"x6") pieces of felt
2 12" pieces of ribbon or string
Glue (Preferably a hot glue gun, but not necessary)
Markers
Glitter

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place one felt piece atop the other. Glue the bottom edges together and then glue the two sides together stopping 1 1/2 inches from the top.

Fold back the 1 1/2 inch piece and glue down the edge all around the bag. This will create a sleeve to thread the draw string through.

Cut a small slit in this "sleeve" on either side of the bag.

Thread one end of one ribbon through the slit in the sleeve all the way around and then tie the ends together. Repeat at the other slit in the sleeve. You now should have a drawstring.

Now you are ready to decorate your bag with markers or glitter.


HOW TO PLAY:
The Dreidel is a small four sided spinning top (traditionally made from wood). Each player can play with their own dreidel or you can share. There is one Hebrew letter printed on each of the four sides:

Nun

Gimmel

Hey

Shin

You will also need 10-15 pennies (or raisins, nuts, etc.) for each player.


Each player begins with an equal number of pennies. Each player puts one of their pennies into the center "pot". Taking turns clockwise, each person spins their dreidel. If their dreidel lands with Nun facing up the player does nothing. If they spin a Gimmel, the player takes the whole pot. If they spin a Hey, they take half of the pot and if they spin a Shin, they put one penny into the pot. Each time the pot is emptied, every player puts one penny into the pot. When a player runs out of pennies, they are out and the others continue to play until there is one winner and that ends the round.