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DIY Hanukkah Countdown

Countdown to Hanukkah with this holiday craft.

Many people don’t know this, but the traditional gift given for Hanukkah is called “gelt,” which means money in Yiddish. But since the holiday is celebrated at the same time of year as Christmas, gelt has sort of modernized into just gifts of any kind. To keep the history alive, gelt has become the favorite gold-foiled chocolate coins that kids use when they play the dreidel spinning game.

On each night of Hanukkah, kids can pull a piece of chocolate gelt out of these little simple-to-make felt dreidel pockets. Perfect for a sweet treat or some serious dreidel spinning! 

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Materials

What you’ll need from the Arts & Crafts Library:

- Felt

- String

- Wood beads

- Glue

- Scissors

Other materials:

- Stick

- Paint

- Paintbrush


DIY Hanukkah Countdown Step 1

1. Draw a line a little less than halfway down on a felt rectangle from the Arts & Crafts Library. Repeat on 7 more pieces of felt.

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Step 2

2. Fold each piece of felt on that line and glue just the sides to make a pocket.

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Step 3

3. Cut the top edge, leaving a small sliver of felt in the middle as the handle.

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Step 4

4. Cut off the bottom 2 corners and glue the edges to form a dreidel shape.

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Step 5

5. Cut the numbers one through eight from felt and glue them onto the dreidels. (You can also let your kids form the numbers using the pipe cleaners in the Library.)

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Step 6

6. Glue string to the backs of each felt dreidel.

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Step 7

7. Thread beads onto the strings.

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Step 8

8. Attach strings to a stick and hang on the wall.

DIY Hanukkah Countdown Done 1

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Post by Amanda Kingloff of Projectkid.comPROJECT K!D is dedicated to offering families creative and inventive ways to spend unplugged time with kids.

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