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Sharing Dreidels


Help your children understand that a dreidel is a toy. (If possible, have one on hand to show.) Explain that it is used in a game played by children at Hanukkah, a winter Jewish holiday, and throughout the year. Then use the recipe below to let your students create their own edible dreidel snacks, which they can share together.

Give each child a chocolate candy "kiss," a marshmallow, and a pretzel stick. Have on hand a tub of ready-made vanilla cake frosting.

  • Ask children to unwrap the candy kiss.
  • Help them place a small amount of cake frosting onto the flat (bottom) side of it.
  • Let children stick the candy (flat frosted side down) onto a flat side of the marshmallow.
  • Then children gently push their pretzel stick into another flat side of the marshmallow.

Place dreidels on plates then together sing this dreidel song.


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