20+ Easy Diwali Crafts for Kids

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Light up the crafting table and get ready to sprinkle some sparkle into your playtime because Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is upon us! It’s a celebration that’s all about bright colors, twinkling lights, and the joy of togetherness, making it the perfect theme for some festive crafting with the kiddos. Diwali crafts are not just a blast to make; they’re a glowing gateway into teaching little ones about different cultures and traditions in the most dazzling way possible.

With Diwali’s emphasis on new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, what better activity to share with your kids than creating beautiful crafts that embody the spirit of the occasion? From DIY lanterns that cast a cozy glow to vibrant rangoli designs that bring bursts of color to any room, these crafts are as enjoyable to make as they are lovely to look at. So, let’s fold, cut, glue, and bedazzle our way into the heart of this beautiful festival. By the time we’re done, we won’t just have a series of adorable crafts; we’ll have handmade tokens of celebration that could light up even the darkest night. Let’s get those nimble fingers ready – it’s time to dive into the artful fun of Diwali crafts!

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 or November and happens as the same time as the new moon in the Hindu lunar calendar. It usually lasts five days.

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?

Best Diwali Crafts for Kids

Sponge Printed Diya Craft

Diwali Paper Lantern Craft

Accordion Fold Diwali Paper Diya

Watercolor and Pen Henna Craft

Paper Plate Diwali Diya Craft

Paper Plate Rangoli

Diwali Crafts for Kids

Playdoh Rangoli

Straw Painted Fireworks for Kids

Free Diwali Colouring Pages

Q-Tip Painted Henna Handprint Craft

Paper Quilled Rangoli

Fireworks Paper Towel Surprise Art

Salt Dough Diva Lamps

Diwali Crafts for Kids

Crayon Resist Henna Craft

Paper Plate Diya Craft with Candle

Handprint Diya

Diwali Crafts for Kids

DIY Diwali popup card

Diwali Crafts for Kids

Make a Pattern paper Toran Craft

Paper Plate Rangoli

Salt Painted Fireworks

Make a Hanging paper Lantern

Cupcake Liner Fireworks

Paper Lotus Flower Tea light holder

Little Paper DIY ornament

Cardboard Tube Flower Lamps

Paper Diya Diwali Garland

How to Make Coloured Sand

Paper Diya Lamps Garland

Diwali Crafts for Kids

Scratch Art Henna Handprint Craft

Diwali Crafts for Kids

Rangoli Suncatcher Craft for kids this Diwali

Diwali for Kids

Coffee Filter Fireworks Craft

Diya – Kids Diwali Candle Holder

Diwali Crafts for Kids

How To Make Paper Lantern Craft

Diwali Crafts for Kids

Sparkly Sensory Firework Activity Craft For Toddlers

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 


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But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

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These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

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Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles tha. t show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 

The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

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