Get your BFFs and have everyone bring some small candies to play. All you do is take turns spinning the dreidel and see what each player “wins” each turn. We’ve included candies and points below to let you play for candies or for points! The game ends when everyone is tired of playing, or whenever someone wins a set amount of points that you all agree to at the beginning.
Start by sitting with your BFFs in a circle. Decide if you’re going to play to, say, 50 points or if you’re going to play for candies. If you play for candies, have each player put 8 candies in the middle. Now take turns rolling the dreidel! When the candies run out, each player will put 8 more candies in the middle. Have fun!
N – Nes … N or nun stands for nisht or nothing. If the dreidel lands on nun, you do nothing. (0 Points).
G – Gadol … G or gimel stands for ganz or all. Take ALL of the candies in the middle! (20 Points).
H – Haya … H or hay stands for halb or half. Take half of the candies in the middle plus one if there is an odd number of candies. (5 Points).
S – Sham … S or shin stands for shtel or put in. Put two candies into the middle. (Take Away 2 Points).
The four letters which appear on the four corners of a dreidel are key ideas that explain the miracle of Chanukah. They spell out: Nes (N-miracle), Gadol (G-great), Haya (H-happened) and Sham (S-there, which refers to Israel).
Here’s the Hebrew word for Chanukah.
Check out all of these different ways of spelling Chanukah:
Some of our friends say that the best way to spell Chanukah is when the letters add up to 8, for the 8 days that the oil lasted in miracle of Chanukah. No matter how YOU spell it, Happy Chanukah!