UPDATED 2022: Diwali is the Festival of Lights! Celebrate this beautiful and bright Indian tradition with these Diwali Crafts and Activities for kids. Simple and create crafts and activities perfect for kids of all ages.
The Festival of Lights
I first learned of Diwali when I was in high school and we celebrated it at school. Students who were familiar with the tradition would make a presentation to the entire school and we would all get to partake in the celebrations over the week.
When I was elected as the Diversity Student Counsel member (Prefect as we were know by), I helped set up the celebrate at our school in collaboration with the Indian students. It was always such a joy to learn and partake in the tradition especially around this time of year!
What is Diwali?
Diwali is India’s largest and most important holiday of the year. The festival is named after the row of clay lamps or deepa that Indians light outside their homes to represent the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as vital to the faith of Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.
What are the Diwali Traditions?
For Hindus, Diwali is a time to honour the gods and goddesses. The most important is the goddess Lakshmi. It is believed she will step into your home if it’s clean.
When is Diwali and how long is it?
Diwali celebrated in either October of November and happens as the same time as the new moon in the Hindu lunar calendar. It usually lasts five days. In 2022, Diwali start on October 24th.
What can you do during Diwali?
There are many traditional things to do for each day of Diwali. The main day of Diwali is on the 3rd day. On that day there are fireworks at night. Friends and family come together for a large dinner with food such as samosas and pakoras (fritters).
During the festival, beautiful and intricate designs called rangoli are made. They’re typically made on the floor or ground. To make them, people usually use things such as coloured rice or powder. They are said to bring good luck.
OK! Are you ready to create some beautiful art to help celebrate this bright Festival of Lights?
The Best Diwali Crafts and Activities for Kids
Free Diwali Printables – Happy Toddler Playtime
Paper Plate Rangoli – The Joy of Sharing
Playdoh Rangoli – Putti’s World
Salt Dough Diva Lamps – Learning and ExploringnThrough Play
Paper Quilled Rangoli – Red Ted Art
Accordion Fold Diwali Paper Diya – Artsy Crafty Mom
Handprint Diya – The Joy of Sharing
Paper Plate Rangoli | Red Ted Art
Make a Hanging paper Lantern – Artsy Crafty Mom
Paper Lotus Flower Tea light holder – Artsy Crafty Mom
Little Paper DIY ornament – Red Ted Art
Cardboard Tube Flower Lamps – The Joy of Sharing
Paper Diya Diwali Garland – Red Ted Art
How to Make Coloured Sand – Kids Crafts Room
Paper Diya Lamps Garland – Puttis World
Scratch Art Henna Handprint Craft – a Gorgeous Handprint Art Activity for Kids – Happy Hooligans
Rangoli Suncatcher Craft for kids this Diwali – Red Ted Art
Diya – Kids Diwali Candle Holder – Red Ted Art
How To Make Paper Lantern Craft – The Joy of Sharing
Sparkly Sensory Firework Activity Craft For Toddlers – Mums Creative Cupboard
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Age Suitability Diwali Crafts for Kids
This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7 year old.
Supplies For Diwali Crafts for Kids
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