Dreidel Card Holder

Dreidel Card Holder lesson plan

Looking for an eye-catching place to organize Chanukah cards? Craft a beautiful container that families will cherish for many holidays to come.

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    Chanukah is an 8-day Jewish festival. During this time children play with a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top called a s'vivon in Hebrew. The names of the letters on dreidels stand for the phrase, "Ness Gadol Hayah Sham--a great miracle happened there." Dreidels are traditionally used to play a lively Chanukah game. Here’s one way to use the dreidel theme to make a holder for Chanukah cards. It makes a lovely gift!

  • 2.

    Use Crayola® Scissors to cut off the top and most of two opposite sides of a square tissue box. Leave enough of the sides so the box stands upright. The box will look a bit like a napkin holder.

  • 3.

    Use a Crayola Erasable Colored Pencil to trace around one side of the box twice on construction paper. Draw a large dreidel on each section. Color the dreidels with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils.

  • 4.

    Using the eraser, rub away color to form one of the four Hebrew letters found on a dreidel. Fill in the letters with another color if you like. You could also add a decorative border.

  • 5.

    Outline the letters and enhance the border using Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry.

  • 6.

    Cut out your dreidel pieces. Glue them on each end of the tissue box.


  • Students learn the historic background of the Jewish holiday Chanukah.
  • Students recognize a traditional game associated with Chanukah.
  • Students create a Chanukah card holder showing one of the four Hebrew letters found on a dreidel.


  • Research other Chanukah symbols that could be used to decorate a card holder.
  • Students with special needs and younger children may need adult assistance to cut their tissue box.
  • Create similar card holders for any holiday. Decorate them to suit the occasion.