Spin-Art Dreidel

Here is a fantastic idea for the children to make and use at a Hanukkah party.This will remind you of Spin-Art  It’s very simple to make ,and it will put to good use all of those old CD’s laying around.


  • CD
  • Crayola marker or comparable size
  • Glue gun
  • Stickers, rhinestones (optional)


  1. Decorate CD with stickers and rhinestones (optional).
  2. Place marker in hole of the CD. Hold in place with hot glue gun.
  3. Cover the table with oak tags,shelving paper or butcher paper and let the fun begin!

Watch your marker twirl and spin, as it creates fun and original designs.

Looking to add to this activity.. go to  http://omgdesign.weebly.com/free-printables.html   to print out free CD cover templates.



You’ll be amazed how this dreidel can spin!

Though not the toy for a game of Dreidel to compete-

You’ll have a blast making it, and it’s fun to eat!


10 Gum Drops, Dots, or Licorice Nibs

21 Toothpicks


Construct two squares, using four candies and four toothpicks for each square.

Attach the two squares with four additional toothpicks to form a cube.

To construct top of dreidel, break four toothpicks down to ¾ of its original size, and form an “X” with a gumdrop at its center, then stick toothpick for spinning in the center and attach to the cube.

To create bottom of Dreidel , stick toothpicks into all four bottom gumdrops on an angle. Stick the opposite end all four toothpicks in a single gumdrop, creating a triangle.

(Tip:  To make this activity challenging, distribute the 21 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops to each of the children (or adults), and see who can figure this Dreidel out without reading the directions.)

Have Fun!!

Hanukkah Donut Bar

Just behind latkes, donuts are a favorite Hanukkah food. Here’s an idea to make this treat not only delicious, but also fun to decorate. This can also be used as an activity at a Hanukkah Party.

To begin, you can either make your own donuts using a Mini Doughnut Maker, or purchase unglazed donuts from your local donut shop (you may have to preorder them). Spread out a variety of icings and toppings (see list below for ideas) and let the fun begin!

I prefer to put icing and toppings  in small bowls and refill as needed,even if you are having a large crowd. This helps contain a potential mess, and also helps to ensure that the children don’t “overdo it”!

Recipe for Donuts (using a donut machine)

Yields: Approximately 24 mini donuts

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk or juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil


  1. Place ingredients in the bowl of your mixer.
  2. Mix until combined.
  3. Preheat donut machine for about 5 minutes.
  4. Spray the cavities lightly with baking spray.
  5. Pour batter into each cavity-do not overfill.
  6. Close the machine and bake for about 3 minutes. Donuts should be golden color when ready.
  7. Repeat until batter is used up.

Donut Decorating Ideas:

  • Icing (add food coloring or cocoa to make different colors)
  • Confectioners sugar

Cookie dip and melted chocolate can be used as well however,you will need to keep remelting them as they  harden up.


  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Confetti sprinkles
  • Colored sparkling sugar
  • Chocolate,caramel or nougat chips
  • Candy pearls
  • Chopped nuts
  • Toasted shredded coconut


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Hanukkah Scratch Off Game

Photography by Dan Engongoro

Scratch and Win:

Everyone can hit the jackpot with these lottery inspired scratch off games. Let scratch off paint “cover” a good part of your Hanukkah program.

These instant winner cards, handed out to your guest as they arrive will start your party off with a buzz (Game A)

Or try playing Fun Family Facts game when your company settles down and makes themselves comfy. (Game B)


If you are looking to make your life simpler, you can simply purchase 1″ Scratch Off Labels Stickers.

How to make the scratch off game:

1- To make 36 circles, combine two Tbs. of metallic acrylic paint and one Tbsp. dishwashing liquid in a disposable container. Mix. With a foam brush, paint a thin coating of the mixture onto the non adhesive side of a 13 inch square of clear contact paper. When the coating is dry add two more coats, letting each layer dry thoroughly.

2- Next, enlarge game templates onto cards stock and cut out.

For free printable template go to OMG Design.com

Customized printables can also be ordered from OMG Design.com

3-Using a 1” puncher- cut out circles from the painted contact paper (or you can trace 1” circles and cut out)

3-Game A

Write the letters נגהש in the correct order on as many cards as you would like to have winners. On the rest of your cards- randomly write the letters נגהש

Peel the backing from painted circles and stick over letters.

Game B

Write the names of family members in the circles- try to include as many as possible. Each card should include different names.

Peel the backing from painted circles and stick over circles.

Game A :

How to play:

Scratch off all circles.

How to win:

Player who’s נגהש is in the right order wins!

Game B

How to play:

Appoint a caller who will call out prepared family facts one at a time.

*While preparing the list of facts try not to get too specific – try to keep questions  general- for example: a high school boy, an aunt, an uncle, someone who has at least one initial A-K, oldest in family, youngest in family…After each question or fact is called out, everyone scratches off one circle. Player who has the correct answer gets a check/ ticket.

How to win: player with the most ticket/checks wins!

*Ready  made scratch off stickers can also be purchased.

This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine.

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Hanukkah Photo Booth

Photography by Dan engongora

Have a picture perfect Hanukkah Party.Try this homemade Photo Booth that you can set up in a flash by draping fabric and ribbons over a door and  a stool.

Each budding photographer at your Hanukkah Party can try their hand in your in house photo studio.You can create custom signs and cute props  to have even more fun posing!!

Great Gift Idea-Give Grandpa and Grandma an album with a picture of each grandchild and let them “Shep Nachat” as they enjoy  Hanukkah Memories of 2012.

This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine.