Dreidel Song and Games For Holiday Fun

3 dreidelsDoes your family celebrate Hanukkah? Or do you want to learn more about the Holiday of Lights to share with your child?

Hanukkah (or Chanuka) is a beautiful celebration that marks a special miracle that happened long ago and still is inspiring today! And for young kids, one of the things they love with most about this holiday is the little spinning top, called a dreidel, that is both a song and a game.

Is it Dreydl or Dreidel?

The word dreidel comes from the Yiddish verb “dreyen” which means to twist or turn, so it’s a perfect name for this little top. Because Yiddish and Hebrew words are written several different ways to reflect sounds that aren’t in the English alphabet, you’ll often see various spellings of the same word, such as Hanukkah and Chanuka or dreydl, dreidel and dreidl.

Watch The Video

What do each of the Hebrew letters on the spinning top mean? Watch this short, sweet video to find out! Also feel free to check out any of the resources below to get the song as an mp3, game instructions or free coloring pages.

Little Dreidel Song Lyrics

Although people are most familiar with the first verse and chorus, here’s the longer version of the lyrics heard in the video above.

I have a little dreydl
, I made it out of clay

And when it’s dry and ready, 
a dreydl I will play

CHORUS: Oh dreydl, dreydl, dreydl, 
I made you out of clay

And when you’re dry and ready, 
A dreydl I will play

My dreydl has four corners
, and a letter on each face

To remind us of the miracle
, that long ago took place (repeat chorus)

The letters also tell us
, who will lose or win

I have a pile of goodies (walnuts)
, I’m ready, let’s begin (repeat chorus)

Here’s wishing you a beautiful and inspiring holiday season!

Links and Resources

DARIA’s Oh Dreydl on Itunes  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/celebrate-season-multicultural/id344193347

DARIA’s Oh Dreydl on Amazon mp3  http://www.amazon.com/Celebrate-The-Season-Multicultural-Holidays/dp/B00302OL0K/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_6

Play The Dreidel Game – Free From TeachersPayTeachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Dreidel-or-Dreydl-Game-918616

Dreidel Coloring Page – Free From TeachersPayTeachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dreidel-Coloring-Page-985694

Dreidel Song And Game Activity – From TeachersPayTeachers https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dreydl-Dreidel-Song-and-Game-Activity-921898



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