Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days, commencing on
the 25th day of the month of Kislev (November/December), to commemorate the
victory of the Jews over the Hellenist Syrians in 165 BCE.
This page has Hanukah
party games. See Hanukah party games below or go to another
page of Hanukkah games on the right. Or, select another category of
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Spin the Dreidel
The most popular game during Hanukah is a game of chance
� the spinning of the Dreidel. Each Hebrew letter on the four-sided top/Dreidel
stands for a game action:
- N (nun) = Get nothing from the kitty.
- G (gimel) = Get everything from the kitty.
- H (he) = Get half of the kitty.
- S (shin) = Put half the money in the kitty.
If you don't have a dreidel already, you can purchase one at
a party goods supply or toy store (they're also fun to make.) Have your guests
bring pennies, gold-foil-wrapped chocolate coins, or candies to put in the
kitty, or distribute these items yourself during game time. Have everyone
place a penny or candy into the kitty and then take turns spinning the Dreidel
to determine who wins and who loses. At the end of the game, have everyone
count their winnings, and use the pennies and candies to purchase small,
wrapped gifts that you've prepared ahead of time.
In a given amount of time, see which player can come up with the most words
formed from the letters in "Chanukah". Use pencils and paper;
no letter may be used more times than it appears in "Chanukah".
This game may be played with other Chanukah words as well.
Unscramble the Chanukah Words
Give players ten minutes to see how many of the following words they can
unscramble: HNIHAUKAC, TAIATASHMT, NAMOHMEANS, LANDSEC, CEBMASCEA, UHJAD,
EDDELRY, KELSTA, SUCHOINAT, YNASIRS
Pin the Shamah or Shield
Cut out construction paper figures of a Chanukiah a Maccabee, a Shamash
and a Shield. Blindfold one child at a time and have him try to pin the Shamash
on the Chanukiah or the shield on the Maccabee.
For party supplies for a Hanukkah celebration, check out the Party
Supplies Hut for the latest patterns and styles. For personalized party
favors which make a great party game winner gift, check out Personalized