As Diwali inches closer, families around the world are shopping at their local bazaars or melas to buy their Diyas. Diyas are central to Diwali since they symbolize knowledge and prosperity and are regarded highly auspicious.
While traditional diyas are beautiful in their simplistic design they are not entirely child-friendly. That’s why I wanted to put together something colorful and creative to teach my little one about the story of Diwali. I thought a kid-friendly Diya Craft would be perfect!
What I love about this craft is that your child can express themselves creatively- so be prepared for some masterpieces! Since they will be using washi tape and bindis they will be practicing their fine motor skills with all the peeling and sticking. It’s also a wonderful way to raise cultural awareness within them.
Here’s is what you need:
- Washi Tape– Think festive colors like Golds, Purples, Reds and Greens! Play with patterns and textures too! I also grabbed a couple glittery ones- they definitely scream Diwali! Pick up tape that are different sizes too- this way you can make two-tone diyas which looks amazing!
- Bindis– Let your children raid your closet and pick their favorite designs. If you are buying some online, think simple and elaborate designs so they can mix it up and create their own patterns.
- Flameless Tea-light Candles– Worry free flameless candles are great for families and for classroom crafts.
Decorating the Diyas is straightforward. Start with sticking the Washi tape. Washi tape is super easy for kids since the paper is very light and easy to tear. If you are working with a younger child pre-cut the tape so they can focus more on the sticking part. Once this step is complete let them start with decorating the diyas with different bindis. Again, use bigger bindi’s for the younger children as they might find it easier to handle. After you are done crafting start lining your tea-light diyas around your doorsteps and your home. Your littles will be so proud of their creative work!
Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Diwali!
Looking for gift ideas this Diwali? Check out this Diwali Gift Guide for kids.