Discover the wonderful colors of Hanukkah with this watercolor art activity!
Curious to teach young ones about Hanukkah? This activity is a great way to gain their interest through art exploration and process. A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. This activity can introduce the holiday of Hanukkah to young ones while exploring different art processes. Grab a few crayons, some watercolors, and paper and start the process!
✏️Friendly reminder: Encourage younger children to use pincer grasp (first finger and thumb) to hold their crayons rather than palmer grasp (whole palm) to develop fine motor skills.
🕎 New word alert! The letters nun, gimel, heh, and shin represent the saying, “Nes Gadol Haya Sham,” meaning “a great miracle happened there.” These letters above can be found in hebrew on a dreidel.
🔄 Did you know? Dreidel is a Yiddish word which comes from 'drei' – to turn or spin.
For this activity you will need:
Paper (glossy paper works best as it won’t absorb the water)
Free dreidel printable
Watercolors or watered down paint
Using all senses to gather information while observing
Start by discussing Hanukkah with your children. Ask them if they know any about Hanukkah. This is a great opportunity to introduce new words to them including “Hanukkah” and “dreidel”.
Next, we can start our art process! Begin by printing and cutting out the shape of the dreidels. You can either print director onto your glossy paper or transfer the printing of the dreidel outline to your glossy paper.
Next, take your white crayon and have children create designs inside the dreidel. They can create patterns, scribbles, anything really! At first, children may not be able to see what they’re drawing with the white crayon against the white paper, invite them to feel where they’ve drawn.
Once the crayon portion has finished, have the children go over the drawing with watercolor paints. Invite them to mix colors and watch the magic happen! As they add watercolor to the paper the outlines of the crayon drawings will appear!
Let it dry and cut out the excess paper around the dreidel. Hang up in a bright window to celebrate Hanukkah!
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Encourage older children to create patterns with the crayons and watercolor to practice patterning.
⬇️ For younger toddlers: Younger children can practice their fine motor skills by cutting out their dreidel. It may not be perfect but they’re practicing!
Have you ever played a game using a dreidel or spinning top?
What did you notice when you were coloring the dreidel? What senses did you use to see the white crayon marks?
How did you decide you were finished coloring using the crayons since you can’t see the crayon marks?
How many sides does a dreidel have? Can we count together?
Feel the paper after it’s dry from the watercolor, how does it feel?