Thursday, 6 September 2012

Diwali - Toddler crafts, activities and resources

Diwali crafts, activities and resources for toddlers

In 2017, Diwali will be celebrated on the 19th October.

Children all over the world celebrate Diwali. Even if your kids are not from a background that celebrates Diwali there are still lots of Diwali kid's crafts and activities that you can do to increase their understanding of a different culture.

Diwali (or Deepavali) is also known as the Festival of Lights and is one of the largest and most important festivals of the year for Hindus. Deepavali means "row of lamps" and the festival involves lighting small lamps, called divas, filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. It is also celebrated with fireworks, cleaning the home, wearing new clothes and decorating with lots of lights. In business it is often used to start a new accounting year, and it also celebrates a successful harvest. Families and friends exchange sweets and dried fruits.

There are many legends associated with the celebration of Diwali. For more detailed information about Diwali, visit the BBC Diwali page.

Diwali crafts

Kid's Diwali crafts are a great way to help children understand about Diwali.

Diwas are small lamps which are lit at Divali. We made simple salt dough divas here or you could try these salt dough candle holders for a different look.

Make an easy flower garland.

Make a Happy Diwali card, here are some Diwali cards that you can print and decorate.

Diwali crafts, activities and resources for toddlers

Diwali Activities

Make a Rangoli. A rangoli is a colourful pattern created on the floor at the entrance to a house. We have made Rangoli using dyed rice and lots of glue. An easy way to make the activity toddler friendly is to use play dough as a base, or use paper plates and lots of glue. You can find some Rangoli templates here.

Diwali crafts, activities and resources for toddlers

Set off fireworks (under adult supervision of course!)

There are also some great activity sheets for Diwali here.

Diwali books

Diwali (Bright Baby Touch and Feel)- A wonderful very first Diwali book for babies with bright colours, textures to touch and simple Diwali images.

Lighting a Lamp: A Divali Story (Festival Time)- A first introduction to Diwali for very young children, following a family as they prepare for and celebrate Diwali.

Diwali (Holidays and Festivals (Heinemann Paperback)) - A more informative book about the Diwali festival, with more educational resources.

Diwali (Celebrations)Aimed at slightly older children, lots of photographs and ideas for Diwali activities.

Diwali toys

Diwali Activity Pack- An activity pack with lots of Diwali activities, would be really good for a teacher or childminder as it contains enough activities to occupy several children.

HAMA BEADS ELEPHANT SINGLE PEGBOARD 291- Make some lovely Indian elephants with this Hama beads pegboard.

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