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Diwali Craft : Paper Plate Rangoli idea for kids

Diwali is one of the most important and colorful of the Indian festivals. It is a festival of joy , splendor , brightness and happiness. No matter which part of the world we live , Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Indians .
During Diwali , people decorate their floors with Rangoli . This patterns are generally made with white powder or rice flour ,chalk, colored sand or flowers . The traditional Rangoli making is tough outdoors because the weather is chilly at this time of the year especially for us on east coast of United States . Keeping all this in mind , I wanted to create something that is colorful , not a lot of mess while making and easy for kids to understand . That’s when I came up this idea of Paper plate Rangoli , it can be made well in advance and reused every year too.
I think in this generation we need to be creative in making our festivals special and fun for kids. One such attempt is our
Diwali Craft : Paper Plate Rangoli idea for kids
Materials Needed :
Paper plate
IKEA Mala Fluorescent/glitter paints
Color Sharpies
Instructions :
Use a pencil to draw any Rangoli design on Paper Plate.
Once you are happy with your design , use Ikea paints to make outlines .
It’ll take few hours for the paint to dry .
After the paint dries , use color sharpies to fill in the spaces .
Now go ahead and add Rhinestones randomly or symmetrically wherever the design requires.
The beautiful and colorful Paper plate Rangoli is now a perfect Diwali décor !
Adding an extension to this activity is to arrange flowers around the paper plate Rangoli making it more elegant and colorful.
Lessons learnt : Rangoli making using paper plate , paints and decorating with flowers needs creativity and thought process .
Drawing Rangoli designs helps them learn the concept of symmetry. They color symmetrical, so that both sides of the design are same colors .
Last but not least ..Learn about rich Indian culture and the history of Rangolis .

This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:

Maple and Marigold on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Diwali in Canada
Weaving Ideas: Paper Plate Rangoli Idea for Kids
ArtsyCraftsyMom: Accordion Fold Paper Diya Craft
Maple and Marigold: Rustic Indian Peda with Roasted Pistachios
Creative World of Varya: Diwali Inspired Ideas for Kids
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Rangoli with Glass Marbles
My Little Moppet: 20 Tips to Organize a Diwali Party for Kids
All Done Monkey: Diwali Books for Kids
Growing Up Gupta: 7 Amazing Multicultural Diwali Gift Ideas
Kidzlens: DIY Bandanwar
The Educators’ Spin On It: Making Flower Rangoli with Kids

Diwali for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs
#mkbkids #Diwali

Ugadi Craft for Kids : Glitter Mango

Ugadi Glitter Mango art for kids
Ugadi ..Telugu New year according to the lunar calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
The moment, we talk about this festival , the first thing that comes to our mind is Ugadi Pachadi .It is made of Tamarind, neem, jaggery and raw mango pieces.
Teaching Kids about Ugadi Pachadi
The festival marks the beginning of mango season. Indians enjoy Raw Mango with a pinch of salt and also add in various dishes.
Raw Mango relished

Excited to share,festive experience with Ashrith, teaching him about Ugadi Festival and Mango. We spoke about raw mango, its color, texture and taste.Teaching kids about raw Mango
After tasting the raw mango for the first time ,he said “It’s sour Mom!” …Hmm ..Yes son,it is sour like a lemon, after a second he said ,”No it is more sour than a lemon.” I agree with him ..Raw mangoes are definitely Sour but really awesome to eat. YUM!
My five year old had a experience to put his taste buds to test and he did great.Love teaching kids about traditions through play and one such attempt is this Mango art.
Now ,lets see step to step pictorial Mango Art for kids
Materials Needed:
White paper
Green paint
Green glitter
Mango drawing for Ugadi
Draw a mango on a white piece of paper. If you are not comfortable sketching , you can print mango coloring pages here.
Mango Painting for Ugadi
Paint the mango with greens. Younger kids can paint a single shade of green and older kids can try different shades of green with a tint of red and browns. Let the imaginations soar!
Add glitter when the paint is still wet. Later,outline the mango with a glitter glue pen or tube.
Mango Art for Kids

Ashrith enjoyed painting mango and the fun was a chance to explore glitter.Some tips for glitter choices.In this project, I have two types glitter, one is tiny dots glitter sprinkled and other is glitter glue.Like most Moms,not a big fan of glitter,Scared of mess, you can always use glitter glue. Glitter glue comes in tubes and pens.Glitter glue pens are easy to use even for younger kids. In this project , we used glitter tube but it was hard for Ashrith . So, I recommend Crayola glitter glue pens for kids.
Art for kids  Glitter Mango

Thanks to Lakshmi Kala for sending in some awesome pics of Mangoes and Ugadi Pachadi . Lakshmi Kala is an aspiring Professional photographer from Hyderabad , India and you can see her works here

Green glitter Mangoes are ready to relish ..LOL…I mean virtually. Do you love Mango and our Mango art? Love to hear your thoughts , Please comment below. If you enjoyed this post, like it and share it !
Happy Ugadi and wishing everyone a wonderful year !!

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Indian Flag Craft : Patriotic Paper Mosaic

Indian Flag Craft: Patriotic Mosiac

  We are living an American dream but hoping to go back  to our country someday .Teaching my son about our homeland “India” gives me a pride.As a mother , I want him to learn about India , its culture and heritage. As we celebrate Republic day this Sunday 26th January …a easy craft to learn more about Indian Flag colors and its importance. A simple Indian Flag craft with Tricolor color paper suitable for all age kids.

Let’s see how we made awesome Indian Flag Craft : Patriotic Paper Mosaic
White paper
Tricolor(saffron, white, and dark green) paper squares
Blue squares


In advance cut a supply of tricolor paper into one inch squares or rectangles or hand torn pieces  of  paper .The choice is yours …it works both the ways, for my  5 yr old son ,I cut the paper using scissors into 1 inch pieces whereas my 9 year old niece preferred  hand torn pieces of paper.

Tricolor Paper mosaic

Tricolor Indian flag in making

 Glue paper squares to the flag in the order of Indian flag colors..i.e saffron, white, and dark green .

Indian flag craft for kids

Covers the whole flag with Patriotic color papers creating a Mosaic.

Indian Flag Mosaic

Patriotic paper mosaic of Indian flag

There’s no better way to celebrate Republic Day than a awesome time with your kids .Share your ideas and let me know how you like our Patriotic Mosaics.
Vijayi vishwa tiranga hamara
Jhanda uncha rahe hamara

Happy Republic day !!     Jai-Hind

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Happy Sankranthi/ Pongal 2014

“Sankranthi/Pongal Wishes to all my Friends and Readers.”
I have fond memories of making huge Rangolis/Muggus early in the morning with my sister and cousins. Ha ..Ha…I remember the fun part was Competing and Comparing with neighbour’s Rangoli designs. How I wish , I could make such Rangolis now but my bad…the weather in east coast( United States) …no chance.

Pongal wishes and Rangoli 2014Happy Sankranthi/ Pongal 2014
It’s cold with freezing rain outside…making a rangoli outside not a good idea.I came up with this awesome trick of making rangoli on my old side table. It’s not a fancy rangoli design but just a simple flower design .It is made using rice flour, turmeric ,kumkum and some glitter. I used  Rangoli Stencil for “Happy Pongal “letters.Have you ever tried these Rangoli Stencils?

Rangoli stencils

They are mostly sold outside temples and pilgrim places in  India and cost around 30 Rs each.They come in various designs and sizes. You can create your own patterns and rangoli using  stencils. Next time when you go to a temple ,just look around and do buy them bcos they are very easy to use and clean .My 9 year old niece loves to make designs with these  stencils so …Kids can have fun making Rangolis too. This can be called their first rangoli learning tool. If you outside India you can buy them on Amazon.com

I would love to share my rangoli designs with you but it will take some time to get  my old photo albums from India.How do you like the newer trend in Rangolis using Stencils? How have you been celebrating Sankranthi ?

Please send in your views and thoughts about the Festival and its traditions. Love to hear!!!

Ugadi Tradition: Making Garlands ( Necklaces) for Kids

It’s wonderful weather outside , after going through rough time with my eye infection for last  two weeks ,I feel happy and healthier now.Ugadi …telugu new year …a festival…a time to remember the past,celebrate the present and dream for the future.

Today ,Iam sharing a Ugadi tradition which is  followed  in most parts of telangana , Andhra pradesh .
Making Garlands(necklaces) for kids with different edible materials is a fun tradition for this festival . These garlands are generally sent by maternal Grandmother as a gift to Grandchildren.

I am going to share few garlands(necklaces) , made through the years for my son Ashrith .

Ugadi Tradition: Making Garlands ( Necklaces) for Kids

Materials needed:
Raisins/fruit loops/biscuits/Chakkara Achchulu
Coconut dry
Using a thread and needle ,tie a knot at the end and thread the edible materials u want to string and  in the center add a dry coconut with the white open side facing down.Make as many colorful patterns as you like with different materials .
Note: Double the thread for giving extra strength to the garland .As you may see in the picture above,  I made a fruit loops necklace garland for my friend’s daughter Saanvi……she looks so pretty and a perfect color match for her  traditional clothes.For the fruits loops ,I used a string  that looks  just like the one we use to tie our examination papers in India but green in color.It is very easy making garlands using a string even kids can involve.If you live in India ,you  can make garlands out of Chakkara Achchulu  (Sugar Figurines).

This garland was made using Ritz crackers …bcos they have holes which makes it very easy to thread .

Thanks to my friend Radhika who gave me this idea of adding a gold pendant to the raisins garland for a dazzling look!

ugadi traditionIf you notice this pic , it is a candy garland  bought from Easter stuff and to the center of it ,is attached a silver coconut which my mother sent for Ashrith from India

If you ask me what is the significance of this ?  I really don’t know but one thing I know for sure is its fun to make for our kids and see them smile.

Hey , do you have any Ugadi family tradition that is fun or unique ,Please share …I would love to hear about it .Also share your creative ideas for making the garlands(necklaces) if you follow this tradition .

Advance Happy Ugadi Wishes to all !!

Double Celebration: Holi and Women’s Day

Dear Friends and Readers, Happy Holi and Women’s Day !!

Holika Dahan at Greater Baltimore Temple     Having Fun with Colors

Holi Celebrations 2012@ Greater Baltimore Temple
What a crowd..more than a 100 people , we didn’t expect ,it was surprise for us. We were late so missed the Aarti but attended the Holika dahan .Temple organised color packets for a nominal fee.
Kids were having amazing fun with colors and why not? The weather was so perfect for some outdoor fun.
Happy holi to everybody,may these holi add new colors to everybody’s life.

International Women’s Day
Today, March 8th is celebrated as Women’s Day all over the world, there’s always a debate as to what is the importance of this day or why we celebrate it .Some celebrate it on big scale with get together, some ignore and others have no clue as to what the day is.
Most of us….the modern educated women celebrate Women’s Day because it makes us feel special.
In my books, It has a message more than just feeling SPECIAL …………………
Wherever women are honored, there is prosperity and happiness. Let’s us be a strength, help& encourage others and spread the message of joy and peace.

A Woman I admire the most …….Mother Teresa ,
She quotes   “What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

Please share your thoughts on Women’s day and also mention your Holi celebrations .