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Edible Dreidel Dessert Craft

We actually first made this yummy craft last year with a friend who runs an awesome music program for kids on Long Island (Shake and Make Music).

We had a lot of fun so we decided to do it again this year.  Although we are not Jewish, most of my heritage is so this is something I want to be able to share with my kids.

Materials:

  • Marshmallow
  • Chocolate Hershey’s Kiss
  • Pretzel stick
  • Nutella (or honey or Marshmallow Fluff) and knife for spreading
  • Small bowl of milk & food coloring (or edible paint markers)

Directions:

1. Mix a few drops of food coloring in the milk and stir. (Skip if using edible paint markers.)

2. Paint or draw on the symbols, נ (nun), ג (gimel), ה (hei), and ש (shin). (I did this for the kids but gave them a second marshmallow to paint any way they chose.)

3. Push a pretzel stick into the center of the top of the marshmallow.

4. Spread your “glue” (honey, Nutella, or Marshmallow Fluff) on the bottom of the marshmallow and add your Hershey’s Kiss.

5. Enjoy!

YUMMY!

Educational Connections:

  • History and Culture: Tell your children the story of the Maccabee victory and the miraculous oil that lasted for eight days instead of just one.
  • Language: The Hebrew letters on the Dreidel, Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin, stand for “Nes Gadol Haya Sham”, which means A Great Miracle Happened There. In Israel, the fourth letter is a “peh”–”a great miracle happened here.” Examine the Hebrew alphabet and discuss the ways in which it differs from the alphabet we use.  This is also a good springboard for older children to learn about other systems of writing.
  • Mathematics: Play the Dreidel game with your children with a real Dreidel or make your own Dreidel out of heavy paper — a good opportunity to practice counting and the concept of “half”. Judaism 101 also has an electronic Dreidel game.

Books for Chanukkah

Where Is Baby’s Dreidel?: A Lift-the-Flap Book, by Karen Katz – Katz’s lift-the-flap books are always a hit with toddlers and babies. In this book, baby searches for the dreidel and finds other Chanukkah-related objects along the way.

It’s Hanukkah! – This rhyming translation of a Hebrew children’s song is illustrated by Santiago Cohen. We enjoyed the beautiful and loving family scenes as well as the foil flames on the candles. On each page, a new candle is lit, both accurately showing the tradition of the menorah as well as giving young children counting practice. The lyrics also introduce the name for the center candle (shammash), the letters on the dreidel, and even mentions the Maccabees.

Hanukkah Lights, by David Martin – This little board book describes activities, some traditional others just generically celebratory, for each of the nights of Hannukah. The book is very basic but the menorah, latkes, and Dreidel are all there, along with illustrations of happy, multicultural children. The book is good introduction for babies and young toddlers.

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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9 Responses to "Edible Dreidel Dessert Craft"

  1. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I love crafts they are supposed to eat.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this Edible Driedel Dessert Craft.
    Thanks also for showing various cute Hannukah themed books for children.
    We are not Jewish, but we are trying to instill a sense of understanding and appreciation for all cultures and religions in our young sons, so we are doing a unit on Around the World in December with them. I will make these edible dessert crafts with my boys and will also go to the library to check as many of the books your have shown about Hanukkah, along with any other ones that I can find for my older son. Do you have any book suggestions related to Hanukkah for a seven year old who is a strong reader? I plan to link back to your post when we do our Hanukkah activities.
    Again, a huge thank you for sharing. We just feel that it is so important for our sons to have a better understanding of the world and its people so we are really looking forward to learning about Hanukkah this week.
    :) Colleen

  3. maryanne says:

    What a cute EDIBLE Hanukkah craft!

  4. [...] Dreidels. If you don’t know what these are, you must be new. See here (found this version online and I love that she adds the [...]

  5. Thanks for the beautiful presentation of this craft, plus Educational Connections and helpful book annotations. I added a more detailed link to this in a recent post about kosher marshmallows: http://tinyurl.com/674zh4e

  6. gonnabe40 says:

    lovely post! kids look happy :)
    shared it onmy blog…
    happy chanuka!!!
    sharon.

  7. Stunning idea. This is a MUST for next year – thanks for sharing!

  8. Dear Candace, I was surfing the net,& saw your website! I love it. The edible dreidel is such a wonderful idea.. I am going to be making them for my grandchildren. However, since they live in another city, how could I transport them so when I get there, they will look as cute as when I first make them? Thanks for your imput. The happiest of Chanukahs to you & your family! Francine Kenney

  9. Candace says:

    Francine – I would suggest maybe bringing the supplies and making them with the kids?

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