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Tzvi Schectman
BY Tzvi Schectman

7 Chanukah Apps For Your Child With Special Needs

Chanukah AppsChanukah is around the corner and out come the Menorahs, dreidels and jelly donuts. Chanukah is a happy and joyous time when we commerate the victory of a small group of  Jewish soldiers over the mighty Greek Army. (See the rest of the story at

While the Chanukah preparations are under way make sure you prepare your child for the change of routine. If you have an iPhone or iPad these apps can be a useful and fun way for your child with special needs to get acclimated to Chanukah.

Too Many LatkesToo Many Latkes

Too Many Latkes tells the tale of a mysterious man and the mayhem that ensues when he gives a magic potato to a family that needs a little help celebrating Hanukkah. In games and animated activities throughout the book, kids can also play dreidel, chop potatoes for latkes, and even light a virtual Hanukkah menorah (no matches required!). Hear the holiday candle lighting blessings and even learn to recite or chant them with touch-n-read Hebrew Hanukkah prayers, also included.
Price: $10.99


Prepare your child for Chanukah with iHanukkah! Learn reading and singing the Hanukkah blessings with your own interactive Hanukkah.

• Friendly Touch-n-Read audio allows you to hear each word and read along.
• The full song is sung aloud so you can practice too.
• Interactive pictorial activities and flashcards help you learn the meaning of the words.
• Read or sing along in auto-save record mode.

Dreidel HDDreidel HD

Based on the classic game of  Dreidel, the game follows rules similar to those any Jewish home uses throughout the world. Dreidel allows up to 4 players per game, you enter your name and pass it around with each turn. Each player begins the game with an equal number of shekels, or gold coins.
Price: $1.99

Ain't Bubbes DreidelAint Bubbies Dreidel

Set your iPhone or iPod Touch down on a smooth surface and give it a spin, taking off the protective cover for maximum torque. The dreidel spins along with your iPhone!

Choose from three different dreidel shapes and dozens of different patterns.
Price: $0.99

Chai on ChanukahChai On Chanukah

The ‘Chai on Chanukah’ app includes: A Dreidel that you can spin! A Menorah that you can light! Games and rhymes with dreidel and menorah themes. Chai on Chanukah also includes English and Transliteration blessings for the lighting on the Menorah.
Price: Free

Hannukah MatchHanukkah Match

Hannukkah Match is the classic game of memory with a Chanukah Theme. Try and get the most matches in the least amount of time.

Price: Free

Hannukah Sliding PuzzleHanukkah Sliding Puzzle HD Lite

Enjoy Hanukkah playing this beautiful sliding puzzle, scramble and solve in the lowest amount of clicks.  The picture includes a Menorah, a Dreidel, and Hanukkah gelt.

Price: Free

Tzvi Schectman

Written on December 12, 2011 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+

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