I usually give out dreidels when I’m the Hanukkah Parent on a classroom visit. Dreidels are fun to spin, they (sort of) tell the story of Hanukkah in 4 letters, and they distract the children from the fact that I’m not giving them any gelt at all (long story).
Most of the kids aren’t Jewish, so they haven’t grown up playing dreidel. They don’t know from dreidel rules, AT ALL. Granted, nowadays mum and dad can Google the rules on an iPhone right there in the school parking lot the minute kiddo gets into the minivan, BUT…
See this link right here behind the colon: Dreidel Gift Labels? Click it to see a simple PDF of the rules and the briefest of brief explanations of the holiday. Just print it (I like to use thin cardstock in colors, but any paper will do), and fold in half lengthwise. This makes each card have a FRONT and a BACK. Use a smidge of glue stick to make it permanent. Then, trim the page and you have 4 cards.
I punch a hole in a corner and attach the card to the goodie bag with a ribbon, but you can just hand it out with the dreidel (even though it will never make it to the minivan).
PRINTING TIP: do not select “fit to page.” Print full size. Holler if you have problems. If you print the big image with the caption and not the pdf link, you’ll get teeny cards, but it’ll probably work fine anyway.
For more about classroom Hanukkah visits, including my views on dreidels and gelt, see my page here: Hanukkah Parent School Visits.