Pencil and Paper Dreidels

This is an easy way to make the traditional spinning top out of everyday materials.

What You Need:

Have plenty of gelt on hand for the game.
  • 8-1/2x8-1/2-inch square of paper
  • Hole punch
  • Marker
  • Double-face tape
  • Pencil
  • Stapler


1. Make dreidel shape. Fold the square of paper into quarters. Open up the shape. Paper-punch a hole in the center of the paper. Fold the corners of the square into the center. Flip the shape over, and fold the corners into the center again. Flip the shape over. Draw the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimel, He, and Shin (see next page) on the four squares.

2. Attach dreidel to pencil. Slip your fingers inside the four square pockets, and bring the corners together. Wrap a piece of double-face tape around the pencil about 2 inches from the sharpened end. Slip the pencil through the hole from the top of the paper shape, press the shape to the tape on the pencil, and then staple the underside folds together. Push the top four squares of the shape toward the pencil.

3. Play the game.

Directions on how to play.

Draw one symbol on each of your dreidel's four sides.


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