Give wings to your child’s creative side and make vibrant Diwali decor DIYs with these easy Diwali art and craft ideas for kids. Engaging activities for kids including toddlers, pre-schoolers who love creating masterpieces.
Diwali or Deepawali means rows of lighted diyas (or lamps). It is one of India’s most popular and biggest festival of lights which is celebrated over 5 consecutive days. It is the time of the year, every Indian lights up their houses and workplace and worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom. So, while most of us are busy cleaning our houses aka #DiwaliKiSafai and prepare to decorate and light up their house. Let me share some easy diy art and craft activities for Diwali.
ACTIVITY 1. Start with Reading Books on Diwali
There is so much to explore for kids when we talk about Indian Mythology. So, why not tell them about the traditions and story behind the festival first. The easiest way to start getting your child’s interest in the festival would be by reading a book on Diwali together.
There are some amazing child-friendly books available on Mythology which are free from all the evil saga and talk purely about the festivities in a fun celebratory way.
Read the story of Ramayana for kids.
You can check out some unique Ramayana storybook recommendations too in this post.
We have a couple of kids’ books on Diwali and some of our favourites are “Amma tell me about, Diwali” by Bhakti Mathur and “Festivals of India” by Sonia Mehta. Both books are available online. You may find the Amazon* here.
Along with these, there are many other kids books on Diwali. Some of our other favourites are below, you can pick them from Amazon*
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ACTIVITY 2. Printables and Colouring Books on Diwali
One of the easiest ways to engage kids while soaking them in the spirit of the Diwali celebrations would be colouring and painting. You may find a lot of colouring books or printables on Diwali online. There are many which have Indian God, Goddesses, Rangoli, Diya and kandils to trace, cut, draw or colour.
ACTIVITY 3. Painting and Colouring Diwali Diyas
This Diwali, avoid buying some fancy diyas from malls and store. Instead, buy some plain earthen diyas or lamps from a local vendor and add colour to them with your child.
What do you need?
1. Earther lamps/ diyas
3. Brushes, earbuds
4. Glitters, beads, stars etc
Use brushes, cotton swaps to colour, make patterns, design and decorate them with stars and glitters. Let your child’s creativity add magic and spruce up your Diwali festive home decor. Get creative and check thousands of inspirations and easy Diya painting ideas online.
- You may also like to Read- Ganesh Chaturthi Activities for Kids
ACTIVITY 4. Make paper Diya and Diya garland for Diwali decor
Another easy craft idea to engage kids this Diwali would be making paper diyas. Use colourful craft papers or draw, cut and paint some beautiful diyas.
What do you need?
1. Some coloured paper
2. Glue stick
3. Glitter paper, sticker, glitters, beads to decorate
You may make one big diya or make a couple of them and hang them using a thread to make a beautiful paper diya garland. Isn’t it an easy DIY art and craft activities for Diwali? This also adds to beautiful home decor for Diwali.
If you are feeling more creative, there are lots of beautiful DIY Diwali Diya ideas available, I personally loved this one.
ACTIVITY 5. DIY bangle Diya holders for Diwali
This is one such craft which is very simple yet looks very fancy. We all light Diya and a fancy Diya holder will elevate the entire look. Glasses and mirrors always work like magic with light by reflecting coloured light. Try upcycling some old glass bangles for this easy craft idea to engage kids this Diwali,
What do you need?
1. Some old glass bangles
2. Glue stick
3. Glitter, sticker, beads etc to decorate
Just line up some glass bangles, put glue and stack them one over another. We have tried with some of my old wedding bangles collection. Intentionally I have chosen all the glittery ones to add more magic to our DIY Diya holders. If you have plain glass bangles, with some glue paste some glitters, stars or beads, the more the better.
ACTIVITY 6. DIY Paper lantern craft for Diwali
This is one such craft which is very simple yet looks very fancy. A lantern is very typical in Diwali house décor in every house. You may try making a simple paper lantern or Kandils. It is one such easy Diwali art and craft ideas for kids which is will surely catch their fancy. From simple to craft, there are various ideas available online.
What do you need?
4. Some coloured (or glitter paper)
5. Glue stick or cello tape
6. Glitter paper, sticker, glitters, beads to decorate
How to do?
- Take a rectangle paper, fold it horizontally and cut some strips from the folder side, leaving a margin at the other side.
- once done, open and roll it vertically and paste the two ends.
- decorate it with frills or colour paper flowers and its ready.
- Hang it with a thread or put it on a diya
ACTIVITY 7. DIY Paper cup lantern craft for Diwali
If you feel, cutting, pasting is too much, try this simpler version. Take some paper cups, paint them, add a little hole at the base and insert a fairy light.
Voila a super decorative and easy DIY for Diwali home decor is ready.
ACTIVITY 8. Rangoli making – Easy Diwali Art and craft ideas for kids
How would the Diwali decoration be complete, without a beautiful rangoli at the main door? If you are someone like me, who is not well practised to handle the rangoli colours with hand, try stencils instead. There are various types of stencils available nowadays, in different shapes and sizes, which can make it so easy like a child’ activity.
You may also use kids’ toys, like blocks, Magna tiles or even playdough clay to make some Rangoli patterns.
ACTIVITY 9: playdough Fire Crackers- easy Diwali art craft ideas
What are the festive celebrations without Crackers? 🎇✴🎉🌠
Make one for yourself, decorate them, squeeze them, mash them and redo them.. What fun! 🤩🤩
ACTIVITY 10: Involve them in preparing sweets for Diwali
All kids love to dab, squeeze, mix and make a mess. Give them simple task like washing rice for kheer, mixing flours and sugar for ladoos, chopping or crushing cashews and almonds. You may also involve then in cutting Diwali sweets with a cookie cutter, who won’t love star-shaped sweets 😊
In fact, there are various types of kids friendly moulds and cookie-cutter available today. Check this one from amazon.
Check a Healthy Cookie recipe here. – Cookies with a Healthy Twist
ACTIVITY 11: Teach some shlokas or Lakshmi aarti
During all the fun, teach your child some shlokas and Ganesha or Lakshmi aarti. Involve them while you pray and let them sing and chant along
While you teach them some shloka and Aarti, do explain the meaning to them too.
ACTIVITY 12: D- Day preparations and celebrations
Diwali festival is not just praying, eating sweets and lighting lamps or bursting firecrackers. It would be great for kids to understand the full cycle of the celebrations. From getting the house ready to puja pandal decorated, engage kids in each and everything.
You may ask them to help decorate the flower garlands, or together put the DIY crafts you made together. Put up a playful Rangoli, older kids may help to light a Diya or an incense stick too.
Looking for more easy Diwali art and craft ideas for kids, Check these craft and activity ideas by Kinshoo from MomlearningWithBaby