Kids may have become more tech-savvy and appear uninterested in toys these days, but most of us remember playing with toys – especially during the Jewish holidays! But just because we’re all grown up doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce or spin the dreidel once in a while! Ranging from Jewish editions of classic toys and board games, to traditional toys for the holidays, here are some Jewish toys that will bring you back to childhood or maybe even spark a new tradition.
Although it’s not a traditional Chanukah toy, this Mensch on a Bench toy was created in hopes of sparking new Chanukah traditions following the Elf on a Shelf craze we saw years ago. The concept even survived an episode of Shark Tank and has been a growing new tradition ever since.
We’re all familiar with the Dreidel, the quintessential toy we spin at Chanukah as kids (and adults!). Although it’s a Chanukah tradition to celebrate and just have fun with family, you can even get competitive and join a Dreidel tournament now.
Maybe we didn’t grow up with Tefillin Barbie, but Barbies are one of the most iconic doll toys of all time. If you ever felt like you were missing out on owning a Jewish Barbie, now someone actually makes Tefillin Barbies, and handmade Barbie-sized Torah’s for those who want to keep their Barbie collection going.
Plastic Shofars were and still are a fun way to join in on the high holiday celebrations as a kid and make some noise. You can even get a plush Shofar, which might be easier on the ears – sorry parents!
Groggers are the ubiquitous noisemaker used on Purim among all the colourful masks and flowers. You can make your own as part of the celebration and make some noise in Purim, but the classic wooden grogger is the original toy of the holiday.