Beloved LEGO nerds and LEGO enablers: print this picture, show it to your kid and let her rummage through the LEGO bins to find the seven, particular pieces. (Rummaging is part of the fun. Match the part to the pic: how many studs across and down? Brick or plate?) She can assemble the seven pieces as per the illustration. She can then add the letters. Voila: a LEGO dreidel.
Should your bins not produce all these parts, just substitute. Four 2×2 bricks are the equivalent of two 2×4 bricks. If you need help, email me.* (For some people (my husband), this is rocket science, and for some people, this is like falling off a log.) This model is one of the easiest to build and to spin, but you and your kid can make a zillion different kinds. See posts, here and here for models I’ve made so far.
If the image doesn’t print big enough, click on this PDF document and print full-size: BibleBeltBalabustaLEGOdreidel (or just show the screen to your child).
My dream is to kick off a LEGO dreidel-making frenzy, to open a world of constructive possibilities, to stave off dreidel dullness, to encourage Jewy LEGO love far and wide, and to widen my shockingly narrow peer base.
Please add your own pics to my Facebook Page: I’d love to see any models you or your kid creates.
P.S. You know how to play the Dreidel Game, right? If not, here’s a quick video from InterFaithFamily.com. But there are more ways to play dreidel than the traditional one…. See my post about instant dreidel arenas for a reminder about dreidel battles, spinning contests and whatnot.
If you absolutely must have a boat stud and cannot find one amongst the LEGO detritus, order from BrickLink.com. Some vendors do not have a minimum purchase requirement and only charge actual shipping costs. (I don’t know if local LEGO stores sell these bits individually, but it’s worth a phone call.)
*Email LEGO questions to: BibleBeltBalabusta (youknowthesymbol) gmail c o m