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Chanukah with the Chevreh

Mati Swimer

No matter what type of Chanukah party you’re throwing, it’s a good idea to have fun activities planned for the little ones. Here are a few activities designed to keep smiles bright

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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W elcome to the Chanuka party! Join us for a game of…


You will need:

2 yards of canvas (you can buy a drop cloth in your local hardware store)

4 colors of paint

foam boards in colors that coordinate with the paint

cardboard and markers, for game spinners

To create the game:

1. Paint 4 squares or circles of each color in a row on your material. Let dry. Cut out 4 dreidels of each color from the foam boards.

2. Create your own Twister game spinner or make cards for each color, limb, and side of the body. You’ll need two spinners, one for the floor mat and one for the wall dreidels. Each spinner should include all 4 colors, hands and feet, and right and left.


To play:

Hang the dreidels on the wall at child’s eye level and below. Lay the twister floor mat on the floor beside the wall. Choose a referee who will spin the spinner, call out the moves, and supervise the game. Make sure you have enough space to accommodate flailing limbs, wacky poses, and falling players.

The referee spins the spinner and announces which hand or foot needs to be placed on which color, on the floor and on the wall. Players may not move any body part until the referee says so. They may lift a limb briefly to allow another limb to pass by, but they must immediately return it to the square or circle it was on. To avoid collisions, it’s best to play the game with four players or fewer.

The classic game of Twister is a great test of balance and flexibility. For Chanukah get-togethers, it’s time to re-twist the game, and make it even more challenging.

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