Diwali is a 5 day Hindu festival that is also known as ‘The Festival of Lights’. It takes place between the 30th October – 3rd November 2016.
Here, we have created some simple arts & craft ideas that are inspired from the colourful festival, only using a few basic materials! Not only are these crafts enjoyable to do, but they also encourage children learn about a different culture, and give them an insight into how other religions celebrate very special occasions and traditions.
- Print out or draw a rangoli inspired design
- Fill inside the lines with glue then cover with coloured sand
- Once dried, shake off the excess sand
- Apply glue along the outlines of the image and apply glitter to the lines
- Shake off again once dry!
Diwali Felt Card
- Glue a paper greetings card to the inside of an A4 sized sheet of felt
- Once dried, cut out the shapes of a flame in a different coloured felt to glue on the front
- Add a few acrylic gemstones to give it a bit of sparkle!
Diwali Hand Dish
- Trace around the child’s hand onto Air Hardening clay, then carfeully cut out the shape
- Find little ‘tools’ around you that you can use to decorate the clay with a pattern, e.g the bottom of a pencil
- Once decorated, carefully bend the clay to create a shallow dish shape
- When the clay has dried, paint with any colour desired!
- Using Air Hardening clay create a shape that you’ll use for the base of your candle holder
- Cut a tealight sized hole in the centre of the shape to place the light in once finished
- When the clay has dried paint with any bright colour and sprinkle a bit of glitter on there whilst the paint is still wet, then wait for it to dry again.
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