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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 !!

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 !!