With the festive season upon us, it's time to make the days memorable and more meaningful for our children.
Here are some Diwali related activities that every child enjoys:
Diya Painting and Decoration:
( Image courtesy : Google)
Diwali being the festival of lights, the most common yet enjoyable activity is painting and decorating the the clay diya. So, get your kids as many Diyas as you can and let them have fun coloring and decorating them.
• Clay diya ( commonly found)
• Poster colors and paint brushes
• Sequins, Stones , stickers and Stars
• Glue ( To sticks the stones , sequins, and stars)
When the children decorate their balcony with these diyas, they are filled with pride and satisfaction. It's a great way to boost their confidence level.
Diya with Home made play dough:
Things needed for making the play dough:
• Vegetable Oil
• Food Color or Natural colors ( like beet juice/ spinach juice)
Mix the flour and salt. Put a few drops of the food colouring. Start kneading the dough by adding water slowly. Now add little oil. See to it the dough is not runny but is tight yet soft for kids to mould.
Once the colourful playdough is ready, start making the diyas.
Once the diyas are ready, bake them. The heat will make the diyas hard enough.
(Done by my little students last year)
Got old CDs at home? Take out a few and get some flat candles. Stick the base of the candle to the center of the CD. Now decorate it with the stones , stickers etc. This is a good way to teach the concept of recycling.
Pretty up those Fairy Lights :
(Done by my students)
Make the fairy lights even more pretty by encasing the small bulbs in paper cups or cupcake liner. Make a slight slit at the base of the cups or the liners and slid them through the bulbs. The effect of the light is wonderful. Kids love it.
Story Telling and Puppets :
My son has ample questions about festivals and mythology. The best way to answer his questions is through story telling. And using puppets and dolls are a great ways to help the children retain information received through the targeted stories and re tell them later on. Recently, I found a great resource from Tot Labs by Amruta for Diwali storytelling. The book explains all the 5 days of Diwali along with explaining the traditions of the festival and the wooden dolls are great for stimulating the creative thinking of the little listeners.
You may check them out at here
My kids are already in love with this and I am sure the participants of my upcoming story telling session will love them too.
Take Black and White printouts of easy Rangolis. Give popcorns dipped in food colouring and guide your child to fill the printout with the coloured popcorns. Later, stick it on the soft board in their room.
These are some of the targeted activities to make Diwali more fun for kids and also, a good way to reduce their gadget or screen time. Also, remember to involve the kids in decorating the house with lights and flowers and assist you in making the Rangoli.