Rangoli is the traditional design outside most Indian homes created with rice flour.
There are different forms of rangoli including dot rangoli, line rangoli and flower rangoli.
This year I wanted to make the rangoli creation process more kid friendly
Here are 2 methods that I tried to make rangoli with the kids
– Used colored sand on a stainless steel plate. More messier but looked like the real rangoli until it got messed up while my kids were trying to make it even more prettier :)
– Used sidewalk chalk on sandpaper. Relatively easy, less messy and the effect is similar to drawing on the ground
Here’s how it looks
Go ahead – give it a try and have fun decorating !
We can make diyas at home as a craft project and get the kids into the spirit of Diwali.
Diyas can be made with planter bases or no-bake clay
Making a diya with a planter base
Planter base (Smallest size available – just big enough to hold a tea lamp)
Take the base of the planter (available at Michael’s or other craft stores) and color the inside of it with shiny glitter glue
Stick the glass inserts on the outside for decoration
Put tea light candle inside after glue has dried up
Kids can get into the spirit of Durga Puja with these coloring pages
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Here are some Ganesha coloring pages
Click on the picture to get a full sized image that can be printed
Other Ganesha related posts
Online Ganesha puzzle
With Raksha Bandhan coming up on Aug 9th, involve your kids in making a raakhi. They will enjoy the craft and learn a bit more about Indian culture.
Rakhi, a colourful piece of art, with silken threads entwined together in an attractive manner and adorned with beads and golden threads are placed on the wrists of brothers for their good health, wealth, happiness and success. This festival establishes the bond of love and affection between the siblings.
You can make a “friendship bracelet” to tie around your brothers or you can make this simple rakhi.