Chanukah (Hanukkah) begins soon —sunset on December 22— so I thought it might be nice to make a paper dreydl. Here’s the first model I made.
It was an inch across, and I decided that it was a bit too tricky to fold, so I designed a slightly larger one.
To make the dreydl you will need 75gsm/20# copier paper and a round toothpick. If you are going to play with the dreydl, you will also need some gelt. When I lived in NDG in Montréal this meant pennies, but it could be candies or buttons or even poker chips.
You only need to make one dreydl, although I have provided four in case you make a mistake the first time, or want to make more than one.
Score the paper between the guides: two vertical lines and two horizontal lines. Cut out as precisely as you can along the black outline. To fold into a menko, start with the printed side down and follow these instructions.
When your menko is folded, pierce a hole in the centre. Cut or break your round toothpick in half, smoothing the cut end with sandpaper or an emery board. Insert the toothpick pointed end down and adjust so that about one third is below the menko. (You may use a drop of glue to help keep the toothpick in place.)
To play, follow the instructions on the printed sheet.
To learn more about the history of the dreydl, read this Wikipedia entry.