I have a little dreidel, (Pretend to hold out palm with a dreidel.)
I made it out of clay;
And when it’s dry and ready,
Then dreidel I shall play.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, (Clap as you dance in a circle like a top.)
I made it out of clay.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
Now dreidel we shall play.
My dreidel is so playful, (Pretend to hold dreidel in palm)
It loves to dance and spin;
A happy game of dreidel,
Come play, now let’s begin.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, (Clap and twirl around.)
Come play now, let’s begin!
And when it gets all tired
It drops and then I win. (Fall gently to the floor.)
Dreidel Snack – You will need large marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and chocolate icing to make an edible dreidel. Insert the toothpick in the marshmallow. Dip one end in icing. Twirl it in your mouth.
Kwanzaa – December 26-January 1
(Tune: "Go Tell It On the Mountain")
Kwanzaa is coming (Clap hands.)
We’ll celebrate with gifts and lights.
Kwanzaa is coming
For seven days and nights.
We’ll unite and come together (Hold hands as a class.)
With people everywhere.
We’ll work and help each other
To show how much we care.
We’ll celebrate the harvest (Pretend to pick fruit and
And all the earth’s first fruits. put it in a basket.)
Black, red, and green
Are colors that we’ll choose.
Kwanzaa Friendship Salad – Ask each family to send it a fruit. Let the children prepare the fruits in bite size pieces. Put all the fruit in a large bowl and stir to mix. Serve each child a portion in a cup. What would happen if we had just eaten the fruit that we brought? Would it be as good? How is our classroom like that fruit salad?
Friendship Chain – Give each child a strip of construction paper 9” x 2”. Have them write their name on their strip and decorate with designs. Ask children to sit in a circle with a strip. One at a time staple their strips together to make a chain. What happens when one strip of paper breaks? (Gently pull the staple on one to demonstrate this.) What will happen if one person in our room does not cooperate and be a part of our team?
Cymbals - Give each child 2 paper plates to decorate with markers or crayons. Encourage them to use the Kwanzaa colors. Let the children keep the beat of the music with these as you sing the song.