Dreidel Game

By  Michelle Zimmerman  for  AMACO

  • Dreidel Game


  • AMACO Balsa Foam: six 3"x3-1/2" rectangles
  • Wooden dowel, 3" length
  • Acrylic paints: silver, gold, blue, white
  • All-purpose sealer
  • Craft glue


  • AMACO EZ Grip Tools
  • Circle cookie cutter, 2"

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern - Dreidel Game

  • 1. For dreidel, glue four 3"x3-1/2" balsa foam rectangles together, forming cube shape. Use carving tool to cut bottom edge creating pointed base. For top, insert 3" wooden dowel into top flat edge; spot glue.
  • 2. Use circle cookie cutter to cut 20 circles (coins) from remaining balsa foam.
  • 3. On covered work surface, paint ten coins gold and ten coins silver. Paint dreidel blue. Let dry.
  • 4. Print out pattern. Transfer symbols onto each side of dreidel. Paint symbols white. Let dry.
  • 5. Apply sealer onto dreidel. Let dry.
  • 6. To play game, divide coins between players. To play a round, each player put a coin in center, or the "pot." The first player spins the dreidel. If the dreidel displays:
  • 7. Nun: The player does nothing and the next player has a turn.
  • 8. Gimel: The player gets the pot.
  • 9. Hei: The player gets half the pot.
  • 10. Shin: The player adds one piece to the pot.
  • 11. The next player takes a turn and the round continues until each player has had a turn. The next round begins. The winner is the first person to get all of the coins.