Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in spring across Australia each year. It is an important festival for Hindus and is one of the largest and brightest festivals held throughout the world and spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil.
Diwali brings with it some massive preparations – people clean their homes and decorate them for the festivities and people often buy new clothes for themselves and their families. It is also the period when children hear ancient stories, legends, myths about battles between good and evil or light and darkness.
If you’re looking for a fun craft activity at playgroup why not try glitter firework patterns on black paper?
Toddlers: Using the black paper as a canvas help the toddlers to draw firework shapes using the glitter pens (if it’s easier blob some craft glue on the paper and then get the toddlers to sprinkle glitter over the glue – once dry shake off excess glitter!). Add star stickers and you have a beautiful Diwali night sky!
Older children: Older children can design and draw their own fireworks using the glitter pens. Add some glue at the bottom of the page and ask them to sprinkle glitter over the top. When dry shake excess glitter away and add some star stickers to complete the night sky!
Little Things you can do…
Please share some of your own Diwali craft ideas with us using the comments section below or on our Facebook page!
To read more about Diwali in Perth visit: www.diwalimela.com.au
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Kath is a 40-year-old mum of three who works part time and enjoys reading, writing and catching up with other stressed out mums in her spare time. Usually she’s racing against the clock to make her boys (+ husband) arrive anywhere on time and feels quite the talented mother when two out of the three make it out of the house with shoes on!