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Creative activities to celebrate the Hindu and Sikh festivals of Diwali and Guru Nanak’s Birthday
Activities in this article:
1. Rangoli patterns
Make a shared display based on rangoli patterns to celebrate Diwali
Being Creative – Responding to Experiences, Expressing and Communicating Ideas
Development matters: Begin to use representation as a form of communication (22–36 months); Make comparisons and create new connections (40–60+ months).
Early learning goal: Express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings by using a widening range of materials, suitable tools, imaginative and role-play, movement, designing and making, and a variety of songs and musical instruments.
Group size: Small groups.
What you need
Pictures of rangoli patterns (find examples on our downloadable A2 poster, ‘Autumn festivals’, or the A4 activity sheets of individual poster images ); large sheets of paper; chalk, crayons, paints, pastels, glitter; glue; sand.
What to do
Rangoli patterns were traditionally drawn by hand using coloured chalk or by sprinkling flour, sand or grains of rice on the floor to create a pretty geometric design. The patterns are usually symmetrical and can be square, rectangular or circular; or a mix of all three. Sometimes patterns feature designs based on nature such as flowers, fruit and birds.
- Explain to children that rangoli patterns are colourful designs originally made near the entrance to homes to welcome guests during the festival of Diwali.
- Provide children with a large sheet of paper and help them to draw or paint a simple outline representing a rangoli pattern.
- Using colourful materials such as chalk, pastels, paints and crayons fill in the outline to create a beautiful design. Encourage the children to talk about their ideas as they work.
- Display the patterns in your setting by a doorway as a welcome to your visitors.
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