Diwali is the festival of lights and happiness. This is that time of the year when we are surrounded by sheer happiness and joy. From spending time with our families to celebrating every ritual, the Diwali festival is known to connect everyone.
During this time of the festival, when there are Diwali holidays and children are at their homes, one can try different Diwali activities in their free time.
Some parents also complain that their children sit idly at their homes playing video games. Henceforth, it can be a good chance that their children can learn something new around the festive time.
But some of you might be thinking, why is there a need for fun activities during the Diwali festival?
Nowadays, children spend their time alone playing games on mobile phones or are seen talking to their online friends. Most of the time is spent in front of the screen, which has made them lethargic and distant from their roots.
Through fun activities, they will engage themselves in something new that will make them move from their laptop and mobile screens. It will ignite the enthusiasm and the zeal to try something different than usual, which is important for their cognitive functions to develop.
Moreover, they will spend their time with their peers and learn something beneficial that might be useful for them in the future. After all, the festive season is about counting happiness and joy.
Through fun activities, they can develop a sense of responsibility and enjoy their lives apart from gadgets and technology.
Let’s look at a few lists of activities that children can do during Diwali.
1. Making Diya at home
During Diwali, lighting Diya is the most common ritual that we do. How about children learning about making Diya in the comfort of their own homes?
Children can learn how to make Diyas. With the help of mud and other essential material, children and elders can engage in learning to make Diyas. They can also colour it to make it more decorative. These Diyas can be used during Diwali pooja and for lighting the house. It is one of the most fun activities that can be done by children and elders can help too.
2. Making Rangoli and Mandala Art
The best way to release stress is to play with colours. If you want your child to be free of boredom, then colours can do wonders. Doing Rangoli is one of the common traditions which has been followed for a very long time. Children can learn how to make Rangoli and can try different techniques to draw in their own houses.
Along with Rangoli, mandala art is also getting popular and children can learn about drawing different shapes using black pens and markers. It is a fun activity that will keep children entertained, and they will learn something new.
3. Making Diwali cards
Though in modern times, a WhatsApp forwarded Diwali message is the ace of spades, nothing can beat a handmade card. Children can learn how to make Diwali cards using different glitters, sketch pens, craft papers, and other useful stationery items.
These cards can be given to their friends, teachers, and family members. Children can use their own imagination and creativity and can doodle the thing they love the most. It is one of the most emotional and sentimental fun activities that can connect your children to your loved ones.
4. Making sweets
The spirit of the Diwali festival is incomplete without sweets. Not just Soan Papdi but various other sweet dishes are a part of our festive vibes. Children can learn how to make one at home.
Laddoos are one of the easy recipes that children can try to implement. You can also organise a healthy competition of making laddoos between the peers and one elder to help the kids. It will ignite fun and joy amongst the kids.
5. Learning Storytelling
Though we celebrate the festival of Diwali, some children don’t know why we celebrate it. Elders can engage in a storytelling session where they can tell them about the importance of this festival. Afterwards, children can tell the story of why we celebrate Diwali in their own words. They can present their own views with different perspectives.
This activity will help in strengthening children to their traditional roots and boost their confidence to speak in front of people. Their stage fear will be resolved, and they will get the chance to learn about the festival.
6. Making garlands
During Diwali pooja, we offer flowers and garlands to Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi Maa and seek blessings from them. Children can learn how to make garlands from flowers under parental or guardian supervision.
They can experiment with different flowers and mix them together to give them an aesthetic look. The garland can be offered to Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi Maa during the pooja. It will surely bring a smile to everyone’s face.
7. Learning about eco-friendly Diwali
Nowadays, the biggest concern is pollution and the environment. The children can learn about celebrating green Diwali and can lessen the firecrackers from their list.
They can learn about making paper firecrackers and involve themselves in contributing to a green environment.
8. Learning new Musical instruments
Music has the ability to heal you. It is powerful enough to invoke positivity and instil calmness. Your children can learn to play different musical instruments and practice to become perfect in them.
Playing Guitar, Piano, Violin, Sitar, etc can be a few options. Learning a new musical tone, composing a new song, and playing it on the instrument is both fun and creative.
9. Trying new Dance forms
Dancing is one of the best ways to stay fit and learn something new. Children can engage themselves in trying different dance dance forms. From Kathak, Bharatnatyam to hip-hop and Jazz, they can learn different moves. Elders can organise a get-together or a Pre-Diwali bash where children can perform and show what they have learned.
10. Teaching them the importance of philanthropy
Sharing is Caring. Elders can teach their children about the importance of giving. Afterall, charity begins at home. Teach them about donating food, clothes, and other necessities to those who are in need. You can go out on the streets and distribute the food packets to someone who needs it.
This is an unusual activity but it holds numerous importance. It helps the children to learn about the values and importance of money.
These activities will not only help them to learn something new but will ignite their creative processes. Try these activities at home either with elders, parents, or a tutor who can teach with clear supervision and guidance.