Nun-Gimmel-Hey-Shin- you will be amazed how this dreidel can spin!
This is a great Chanukah activity that incorporates so many great skills- playing with food, science, math and fine motor skills.
Engineering is the creative use of science and math to design or make things.
Do you want to be a Dreidel Engineer?
To take the candy-toothpick dreidel building challenge, start with the following items:
Soft candy such as Dots
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.)