The festive season is around the corner with excitement at an all-time high. Diwali, the most awaited festival of lights will be here soon so it’s time you made a list of fun activities which can effectively teach kids about its significance. You can tell them about the elaborate declutter drive, shopping for decorations and gifts, Lakshmi pooja, the big feast and the other things that are done during Diwali days.
Kids love this vibrant festival so it’s the perfect time to get them high on the festive vibe by indulging them in some fun Diwali activities that fuel their creativity and help them learn more about the festival.
JBM Smart Start is a top school in Greater Noida with educators, committed to nurturing the minds of students and helping them reach their full potential. We teach students about the importance of festivals in diverse ways.
Let the good times roll, good vibes flow and let your kids be engaged in interesting activities and have a ton of fun.
Diwali is all about celebrating light. It’s a Hindu festival that celebrates the return of lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana and to welcome him home, people lit diyas outside their homes. Lighting diya also symbolises the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. It is a celebration of the win of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance.
You can celebrate this vibrant festival, by immersing your kids in a variety of Diwali activities in school and at home which would help them learn more about the festival and make their creative juices flow.
Diwali is celebrated in full fervour. Its preparation starts before the festival with decluttering, shopping and more. On Diwali day, people throw a party in which the entire family meets and members give each other Diwali greetings and gifts.
In the Diwali season, most homes are decked with lights, flowers and decorations. People plan their pretty outfits and jewellery for Diwali pooja and pack gifts beautifully, ready to be given to their loved ones.
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During Diwali preparations, ask kids to pitch in while decorating, cleaning and more at school and home. Here are 15 Diwali celebration ideas for school and home which would make your celebration so much more fun while making kids learn a ton. Take a peek!
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Ask kids to bake some yummy cookies in the shape of diya, decorate them as per Diwali, and give them a festive twist. You can also hold an activity of making vegetable cut-out diyas, edible chocolate diyas and more. These are some of the perfect Diwali activities for preschoolers.
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On Diwali, get a festive vibe with vibrant Rangolis. Give kids the creative assignment to draw a beautiful Rangoli with flowers, coloured rice & coloured salt, help them sketch a pretty easy design of their liking and draw the outline on the floor so they can fill it. Filling within the lines can be a challenge for them which makes this activity so much more fun.
The hand-made cards can never compare to the market-bought ones, especially the ones made by the little ones. The best thing is that even a toddler can make a card that everyone would absolutely love. Let kids create vibrant cards to hand to the teachers, their friends & family members.
Show them how to make a firecracker card or colourful fork fireworks which are the easiest to create and can serve as a Diwali activity for nursery class kids as well as preschoolers.
Diwali accompanies riveting stories of the win of good over evil. Have a story session with kids and include this as one of the Diwali activities for kindergarten.
Tell them the tale of the valour of lord Rama and how he won the battle against the mighty Ravana, how Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura and how Lord Vishnu overpowered the demon King Bali and sent him to rule hell.
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Give kids some painting colours, stars, glitter & little glass decorations and let them make beautiful designs on diyas. Show them some pretty diyas for ideas and let their imagination go wild. You will see kids smile the brightest when they see their diyas lit during the Pooja.
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The Diwali decorations-making activity can include making bright paper lanterns for the festival. Let kids stretch their imaginations while selecting the design & colours. Guide them through it and let them decorate their lanterns with glue, glitter, stars and stickers.
On Diwali, teach kids about the importance of celebrating a green Diwali, using green firecrackers and celebrating with nature-friendly seed bombs. Soak these crackers for 1-2 hours & sow the seeds in wet mud. Soon, these crackers hatch into beautiful plants.
Have an activity in which children create pretty jewellery for the family members and the guests who arrive. They can use either paper or beads to make the jewellery. Let them get creative with the shapes, colours and patterns.
The festival of lights is sure to brighten up your child’s spirit. You can add to the fun by conducting an engaging Diwali quiz and giving a little gift to the kids or team that gets the most answers correct.
This Diwali, teach your kids Origami, the ancient art of paper folding and make some beautiful art with a festive theme. In this activity, teach them how to make colourful butterflies, earrings, ships, flowers, planes, garlands and more. Origami will certainly pique kids’ interest and keep them engrossed in this creative pursuit.
Sharing sweets lies at the centre of the Diwali celebration so what would be a better way of engaging the kids than in an activity of making Diwali sweets with the colourful playdough? Ask them to create a variety of sweets such as peda, jalebi, ladoo, kaju katli that they would like to eat on Diwali.
Creating playdough Rangoli Mandalas is an apt activity for sensory play, mindfulness and the development of fine motor skills in kids. Ask kids to make designs with the use of natural textures such as seeds, dried pulses, and lentils. This activity will be fun for kids as they scoop the play dough, spoon the lentils and press them into the dough.
A go-to activity for kids in nursery and playgroups, salt dough is a fun craft project that would interest and engage the kids greatly. The little salt dough lamps/diyas are easy to make, hone fine motor skills in kids and are employed in cultural festivals everywhere.
Festivals call for Henna on hands. So, have an activity in which you draw the outline of kids’ little hands on paper and ask them to adorn hand drawing in a henna style using glitter, colourful pens and sequins. In this activity, kids have some fun making henna art.
This is a fun, firework-themed Diwali treat that children will absolutely love creating. Ask them to select and bring fruits that they would like to use for their fruit ‘rocket’ snack.
Use long wooden skewers (snip the sharp edge for safety) and place the already cut fruits of the kids’ choice on a table. Leave your kids to make their edible firecrackers during Diwali.
In this activity, ask the kids to dress up in ethnic wear to celebrate the festivities. Some of them can also dress up as Ramayana characters like Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Ravana, and more. The dress-up will make the storytelling part engaging and so much fun.
Diwali celebration is incomplete without a dance performance. Revel in the festivities by coordinating a spectacular performance by little kids on happy Diwali songs such as Mere Tumhare, Sabke liye Happy Diwali, Ayi Diwali, and more than performers as well as spectators enjoy.
This Green Diwali poster-making activity will give an outlet to kids’ creative abilities and teach them the importance of eco-friendly ways of celebration. They will draw how this vibrant festival of Diwali can be imagined & celebrated without the use of harmful firecrackers.
Let the kids express the importance of the Diwali festival through speeches. You can have kids articulating different ways of celebrating and ask them to tell their favourite part about Diwali.
Teach kids to make their own candles this Diwali. All they need is a container, wax, boiler, wicks, fragrance oils, heat-resistant spatula & scissors. Get a unique container, melt the wax, position the wick in the empty container right before pouring wax, add fragrance oil, pour wax and let it set. Let them try at home.
Try the above-mentioned interactive Diwali activities for kids and introduce children to your culture and traditions in a fun, festive and creative way that they would enjoy.
It is hoped that these activities will add charm to your Diwali celebrations with the kids enjoying and learning a ton about the festival. Let each diya you light bring a glow of happiness on your face and enlighten your soul coming Diwali!
At JBM Smart Start, we recognise that the kids grasp way more by doing than just learning something in the class and organise Diwali activities for students to learn well.
This makes it the best school in Greater Noida West that celebrates festivals with interactive activities that promote learning and enhance creativity. Enrol your kids in JBM Smart Start for their holistic development.
Diwali is the festival of lights celebrated on the arrival of lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. It symbolises the victory of good over evil and is celebrated in full fervour throughout the Indian subcontinent.
Diwali is among the most popular Hindu festivals and is celebrated with great zeal every year. People put up vibrant decorations, light diyas, deck up their homes with lights, buy new clothes, worship goddess Lakshmi for abundance & prosperity, have a feast with family & friends, and exchange gifts.