Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, I made you out of clay


Marbleized Clay Dreidel

  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Permanent marker
  • Things to buy: Schedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity to buy supplies (most the items below are optional)

Multi-Color Clay Dreidel

  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Permanent marker
    • Pencil
  • Things to buy: Schedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity to buy supplies (most the items below are optional)

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Ideal Age Range:

5+

Mess Factor:

Low – Medium

Prep Time:

< 5 minutes – gather the supplies that you need. For younger kids, prep the small pieces of clay and knead them for a minute or two before they get started.


Marbled dreidel (top) and multi-color dreidel (bottom)

You can incorporate any colors of clay that you have for this project. You also can follow the instructions for the multi-color version of the dreidel using all white clay. Once you bake the clay, you can use your permanent marker and paint to complete the project.

Find instructions for the dreidel game that you can download at the end of this post. Don’t forget to add some gelt to your shopping list to play with!

Active Instructions:

Marbleized Clay Dreidel

  1. Prepare 2 different colors of clay (about a nickel size ball amount each).
  2. Separate each color into 2 parts (keep another small amount separate for the handle of the dreidel).
  3. Roll each part into a worm/coil (as pictured).
  4. Twist 2 different colors around each other (as pictured).
Step 3 – roll each color into 2 worms (leaving extra for the handle)

Step 4 – twist the colors around one another

  1. Smush both pieces together and roll into a ball (notice the marbleized effect!) Look at the pictures below to see how we rolled and twisted the clay to spread the marbleization out.
Final marbleized ball

  1. Form the ball into a cube by shaping with it with your fingers. You can press the sides onto a flat surface as well (does not have to be perfect!).

  1. Gently pinch one end between 2 fingers (adults may have to assist) to shape into a triangular point (as pictured).

  1. So now you should have 4 flat surfaces and a pointed end to spin the dreidel.
  2. Optional: using a pencil draw some lines where the pointed end meets the cubed part of the dreidel
  3. Take the small piece of Sculpey clay you put aside and roll into a short worm/coil to create the handle of the dreidel and place on the top of the dreidel – opposite of the pointed bottom.
Step 9 (optional) – draw lines on bottom part of dreidel
Step 10 – roll out the dreidel handle
  1. There you have it! Place in the oven (adult supervision always) on tin foil and follow package instructions to bake.
  2. When it is cool – use a Sharpie to draw the Hebrew letters as they are shown on the template below – 1 character on each side of the cubed part of the dreidel as pictured.

Multi-Color Clay Dreidel

  1. Use 2 or 3 different colors as desired for design (see picture).
  2. Choose one color and roll about a nickel size amount into a ball and then with your fingers and a flat surface create a cube.
Step 1 – roll one color into ball
Step 2 – form that ball into a cube
  1. Select another color – smaller amount (about a dime or penny size) – and roll it into a ball and shape into a triangular shape with fingers to fit onto the bottom of the cube (as pictured).
  2. Use the third color (if desired) to create the handle – a small amount rolled into a thick worm/coil and placed on the opposite end from the point.
    • You can also reuse one of the first two colors if you prefer.
Step 3 – form the second color into a triangular prism
Step 3b – Press the cube and triangle together
Step 4 – roll a handle from a third color(
  1. (Optional) Use small amount of different colors to roll into very thin worms/coils to wrap around dreidel to create a distinction between cubed and pointed dreidel end.
    • You can use this extra color to place a line between the cube and triangle.
    • You can use this color to wrap around the dreidel handle.
  2. There you have it! Place your dreidel in the oven (adult supervision always) on tin foil and follow package instructions to bake it.
  3. When cool, use a permanent marker to write Hebrew letters and create other designs as well if desired (as pictured). (Copy the letters from the template below.)
  4. (Optional) Spray with gloss polyurethane (outdoors with adult supervision) to create a smooth, glossy appearance.

With your finished dreidels you are ready for a fun game any night of Hanukkah!

Dreidel Game Directions


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