Looking for a Diwali activity for children? Use this guide on how to make an easy rangoli pattern with with for a great Diwali craft for kids.
How to make an easy rangoli pattern for a Diwali craft for kids
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, falls on Thursday 23rd October 2014. Celebrate it with the children by making a traditional Indian rangoli pattern.
Rangoli are traditional patterns used to decorate homes on special occasions.
You can easily make a version with your children.
1. Draw an outline motif on a paper plate – perhaps a geometric pattern or a picture inspired by nature such as a leaf or flower.
2. Cover a section of your design with glue and use dried lentils, rice, peas or beans** to fill the area.
3. Cover each area of the motif in turn with glue and use different coloured lentils, peas or beans to make up your decoration.
4. Allow to dry, gently shake off any loose beans/ rice and then display your rangoli around the house.
**Take care with any un-cooked pulses as they can be toxic if eaten**
Download your ready-made Diwali kit
Download our Play Academy ready-made Diwali unit and you’ll have everything you need to lead a Diwali celebration with your children. In this set of Diwali lesson plans your children can:
:: learn about Diwali: it’s meaning, it’s traditions and how it’s celebrated
:: make Rama and Sita puppets and act out their story
:: create firework paintings or diya lanterns
:: make rangoli designs
:: explore a five senses Indian food taste test
Bonus Diwali thematic unit printables
The Play Academy’s thematic units come with practical printables that make the lessons more engaging for your children and easier for you to teach.
No need to go searching for printables to accompany your lessons, they’re all included when you download your chosen unit.
In this Diwali Unit you’ll receive these bonus printables:
:: Diwali vocabulary cards to re-cap knowledge and develop language skills
:: a Lotus flower colouring sheet and rangoli template for arts and crafts
:: a Diya lantern colouring sheet
:: Monkey army counting cards for math activities
:: a Diwali taste test record sheet to explore the foods of the festival
How to download this Diwali thematic unit
You can download this unit along with over 50 more from NurtureStore’s Play Academy.
If you are already of the Play Academy, you can download this unit straight away from our Library here.
If you are not yet a member, find out more and choose your first unit here. Your teaching is about to get a whole lot easier!