There are many English spellings for the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, or Chanukah, because there is no exact translation from the original Hebrew. Celebrate one of these common spellings: Chanukah, by guiding your child through a simple anagram word game. This activity will get your child's mind working as he attempts to create words from the letters of "Chanukah." Looking for a quiet travel game this holiday season? This one is perfect because it's educational, too! Your child will develop his language and spelling skills as he challenges himself to come up with as many words as possible!
What You Do:
- Each player writes the word “Chanukah” at the top of his sheet.
- Start a timer for three minutes. Each player (child or adult!) should take the time to look at the word at the top of the page and write down as many words as possible out of the letters in the word “Chanukah.”
- To score the game, have each player take a turn calling out the words that he or she found.
- Encourage your child to get some math practice by adding up each player's score himself! For each unique word that no other player discovered, the player receives two points. For each word that was found by another player, the player gets one point.
Looking for More?
Continue the game by playing with other words related to Chanukah or the holidays in general, such as the following:
- Shamash—The middle candle in the menorah, which is used to light each of the other candles day by day.
- Menorah—The candelabra lit every day during Chanukah to celebrate the holiday.
- Shabbat—The Jewish day of rest, Saturday
- Havdalah—The prayer that is said at the end of Shabbat
When you’ve played each word, add up the score. The player with the most points wins!