I Have A Little Dreidel

adapted/arr. Paul Jennings

One of best known Hanukkah tunes, this lively little song is now over 100 years old. Over the years, people have added many verses describing new materials for making the dreidel, and the consequences of spinning the dreidel made of them. (Think mud, cheese, glass, ice... you get the idea.)

We present five verses for you to use, a combination of traditional verses and some of our invention. We even have one that can be played on kazoos, if you like. We invite you to devise your own. It makes for a great unit on lyric creation. Let students think of silly things to make the dreidel from, then describe, in a rhyme, what happens.

For a little extra fun, we have also created a Boomwhackers® part for this tune. There are four clicks prior to the first measure so that players know when to enter. The full recording with Boomwhackers can be found as an online extra, if you'd like to hear it for reference. See page 77 for details.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.