Beautiful mandala crafts for children, using simple mandala designs and a wide variety of materials. Mandala arts combines art, math and natural materials and links to many festivals around the world.
We are fighting back against the darkness brought with the clock change and making jam jar candle holders to light up our home.
Storytelling is a wonderful way for children to learn, and these Rama and Sita puppets are great as a Diwali activity. Here’s how we made them, with ideas on how to use puppets and stories to learn and explore.
Rama and Sita puppets: Diwali activity [Read more…]
The Hindu festival of Diwali is being celebrated next week (5th November 2010) and I always think observing celebrations from other counties and cultures is such a fun and accessible way for children to learn more about the world. A tradition you can try at home for Diwali is making rangoli patterns. This version is a great sensory activity too as the children can explore all the colours and textures of the grains** you use. Pop over to our Diwali archive to find out how to make the rangoli pattern.
**take care that any un-cooked pulses don’t get eaten, as they can be toxic
Will you be celebrating Diwali with your children next month? I think observing festivals from many different cultures is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the wider world. The festival of lights is taking place on Wednesday November 11th 2015 and a creative way to mark the occasion by making some salt dough candle holders.
Diwali rangoli designs made with colored salt are a gorgeous sensory delight – and they’re really easy to make. Here’s how:
Here’s a simple, sensory play idea from my daughter: play dough fireworks!