3" x 3" card with wooden dreidel. 


Any number of people can play the dreidel game; while it's usually played by children it can be played by people of any age.

Getting Started

To play the game you need:

  • Ten to fifteen pieces of Hanukkah gelt or candy per player
  • One dreidel
  • A hard surface, such as a table or a patch wood flooring

At the beginning of the game, players sit around the table or on the floor in a circle. Each player is given an equal number of gelt pieces or candy, usually ten to fifteen. At the beginning of each round, every player puts one piece of gelt into the center "pot."

Playing the Game


Players take turns spinning the dreidel. Each of the Hebrew letters has a specific meaning as well as a significance in the game:

  • Nun means "nichts," or "nothing" in Yiddish. If the dreidel lands with a nun facing up, the spinner does nothing.
  • Gimmel means "ganz," Yiddish for "everything." If the dreidel lands with the gimmel facing up, the spinner takes everything in the pot.
  • Hey means "halb," or "half" in Yiddish. If the dreidel lands with a hey facing up, the spinner gets half of the pot.
  • Shin means "shtel," which is Yiddish for "put in." Pey means "pay." If the dreidel lands with either a shin or a pey facing up, the player adds a game piece to the pot.

Once a player runs out of game pieces they are out of the game.

Hanukkah Dreidel Game