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Sweets, Fireworks, Diyas and More – We have a Ton of exciting Diwali activities for kids! From Easy crafts to Engaging printables and Fun Activities, we have them all.
This blog serves as an excellent resource for finding the best Diwali Crafts, Books, Educational Videos about Diwali, Printable Worksheets, Templates, and much more.
Get kids into the festive spirit by engaging them in these enjoyable Diwali activities.
Also, explore our collection of kids’ activities for Major festivals in India too – it’s a fantastic way to combine learning and fun!
Each year, we add new Diwali activities to this blog, making it a continuously expanding list. Be sure to pin this blog to your Pinterest Activities board for future reference.
What is Diwali?
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a major Hindu festival celebrated throughout India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and many other countries.
Diwali marks the return of Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana, who had seized his wife, Sita. It commemorates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.
What is the Date of Diwali this Year?
In 2023, Diwali falls on November 12, Sunday.
How do people celebrate Diwali?
A traditional Diwali celebration includes a home puja ceremony. Some of the Most common Tradition people do during Diwali are
- Illumination: Lighting oil lamps (Diyas) and candles
- Decoration: Decorating homes with colourful rangoli designs
- Exchange of Joy: Exchanging gifts and sweets
- Spectacular Displays: Bursting fireworks and firecrackers
- Spiritual Connection: Offering prayers and visiting temples
- Feasting: Preparing delicious festive meals
- Festive Attire: Wearing new clothes
- Home Revamp: Cleaning and renovating homes
- Warm Wishes: Visiting Family and friends and Exchanging well wishes
- Cultural Extravaganza: Participating in cultural and dance performances
Diwali Activities for Kids
I have listed more than 20 activities that will keep kids interested. Celebrate the holiday with your kids by including these fun Diwali activities for kids in your day!
Keep Reading to discover additional information and a link to the printable/ Craft Template for each activity. Plus, there are some extra entertaining activity suggestions that didn’t make it into the video!
Love Paper Crafts? Explore our dedicated blog featuring Diwali crafts designed for kids. Give it a look!
Playdough Indian Sweets
Diwali isn’t the same without iconic sweets like Ladoos and Jalebis. Friends and family often bring a variety of these delectable treats.
One delightful Diwali activity for kids is crafting these diverse Indian sweets using playdough.
We’ve created thumb-sized Playdough Ladoos, Murukku, a bowl of Gulab Jamoon, milk sweets, Kaju Katli, Somasi, and Halwa. You can print this image for inspiration.
Tearing paper not only enhances fine motor skills but also offers an opportunity to craft stunning art. Download our free Ladoo template and make your plate of Ladoo for Diwali!
These Paper Diyas are so easy to make with a free printable template. They are so Vibrant and make a perfect decoration element for Diwali.
Painting with Q tip is a Fascinating Art Form and Fine Motor Skill Booster for kids.
One fantastic art project you can explore using Q-tips is the Firework craft, which is also a perfect fit for celebrating Diwali
Make Art with Free Printable Diya Template
Here are 4 free Printable templates that have Diyas in Big, medium, small and one with a Bold outline. You can create many different projects with these templates. I am sharing a few ideas
- Colour the Template
- Make a Do -a Dot or Qtip painting
- Make a salt art Project
- Use Tissue square to make a Diya Art
- Make a Diya wreath with small templates.
On Diwali, People Worksop Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. She Sits on an open Lotus which is considered to be her favourite flower. Make this Paper Lotus craft with our Free printable template and Step-by-step instructions.
Giant Paper Lotus for Lord Ganesh
We created a beautiful paper lotus decoration for Lord Ganesh, making it an ideal Diwali decoration project. While it might not be the easiest kids’ activity, they can give it a try with some assistance from adults. Feel free to download the free lotus template and craft the perfect throne for Lord Ganesh!
Make a Salt Dough Diya
Salt dough Diya is a fun idea to do with the kids! Salt dough is excellent for making Diyas and other salt dough crafts like Christmas ornaments, keepsake handprints, etc.
Here is the exact salt dough Recipe:
- 1 Cup All-purpose-floor
- 1/2 Cup Table Salt
- 1/2 Cup Lukewarm water
Instructions: In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Slowly add in the water while stirring until it comes together. Knead with your hands until it is soft.
Watch this video to see how She makes Vibrant Diyas with her kids using Salt dough.
Handmade Diwali card
Handmade cards are very special, especially when made by small kids. Here is an easy Diwali card idea that even toddlers can make. Make fireworks with different colours on a black Cardstock A5 sheet and add your text at the Bottom and Tada… Your Card is ready. For making the fireworks prints, we used straw.
Here is another Diwali card that would be so much fun to make with a little help from adults. So this Firecracker is Painted paper straws cut into 3 cm long pieces.
Download the Diwali card template so that you can just print and start the craft.
You can make this tealight holder in just a few minutes with a Toilet Paper holder, and it makes for a great DIY project for the upcoming Diwali festival. Click on the image to see how to make it.
Materials we used – Toilet paper Rolls, Scissors and Paint. That is all you need. A very simple and inexpensive way to create a Tealight holder. Since this is paper, please take precautions that none of the flaps is near the flames, so they don’t catch fire.
Paper plates are our favourite way to make Mega-size sturdy crafts in a few minutes. So this Diwali, we tried making a Diya and it was super easy. Learn Directions and catch a video of us making the diya by clicking on the image.
I am sure this will be a great classroom craft with every kid making Different coloured Diyas, it would be beautiful to put them on display.
To make the project further easier, you can buy a Pack of coloured plates and just make the decoration over it.
If you love DIYs, Create this fantastic Maze or Labyrinth for your Toddlers or Preschoolers. You can make your beautiful Rangoli with vibrant colours and add the maze layout with cardboard strips.
Mazes are so much fun and are a great way to enjoy quiet time. Here are 3 Diwali-themed Printable mazes for kids to enjoy during their quiet Time!
Diwali counting clip cards
Practice counting with these Diwali clip cards which is a great way to Practice number Identification, Counting and also fine motor skills. The Free printable pack has 15 cards and can be perfect for Preschoolers who can identify 1 to 10.
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Diwali is a festival that celebrates the return of Ram after Defeating Ravana in the War. Ravana is an interesting Mythical character which has 10 heads. I created a fun activity to practice counting from 1 to 10 with Ravana.
Kids place the heads corresponding to the displayed number and practice counting. Kids will also learn about Ravana with the factsheet.
A Busy Book is an Engaging Activity Book Perfect for Toddlers and Preschoolers to learn Basics and Spend their Quiet Time. I have created a lot of Busy books and the latest is this Diwali-themed Busy Book.
The Book has 11 Activities and you can see them all here.
You need two hours to make the book at home. Get the Diwali Busy Book Printable, Print, Laminate, Cut Out the Loose parts and Affix with Self-adhesive Velcro Dots.
While the Busy book is recommended for Toddlers, here is a Diwali activity pack, that I created for my daughter who will be 5 in a month. It is a Massive activity pack and includes learning pages, colouring pages, Worksheets, hands-on activities and more. See the whole content in the video here.
Read the Story of Ramayana
The Ramayana story is the most well-known Hindu mythology. Written in Sanskrit, it tells the story of Rama, a prince whose wife was kidnapped by Ravana, an evil demon king. Diwali is the perfect time to learn Ramayana, the great Indian Epic, as Diwali marks the return of Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.
Make Ramayana Puppets
Puppets are great for storytelling. And as Ramayana is a great story to read during Diwali, these puppets are a great companion for young kids. It is a part of our Diwali Activity Pack, which includes a 3-page story of the Ramayana as well.
Books about Diwali for kids:
Here is a Hand–picked collection of books to learn stories about the festival of light.
- Amma Tell me about Diwali
- Binny’s Diwali
- The Diwali Gift
- 5 Days of Diwali
Watch the best videos about Diwali
Kids love to learn through videos. If you allow screen time for your Kids, Here is a list of the best Diwali videos that kids can watch to know why it is celebrated and what people do during Diwali.
First, learn the story of Ramayana in this animated video.
Do you know that while the North Indians celebrate Diwali for Ram’s return to Ayodhya, it is celebrated for an entirely different reason in the South? Watch the video to learn the story of Naragasura.
The following Video by Twinkl is our favourite to learn what people do during Diwali.
Another Video by NatGeo shows clips of the 5-day celebration.
Practical Life Activities for Kids
Practical life activities are essential for the development of self-esteem and independence. Here are some ideas to involve kids in practical life activities during the week of Diwali.
- Before Diwali, we give away all the unneeded things at home and clean them. Kids too can declutter their space by giving away old toys, clothes, and books and cleaning their rooms.
- Involve kids in the preparation of sweets. Some simple tasks would be making Gulab Jamoon balls or preparing Dough for Ladoo.
- Kids can colour the Kolam or Rangolis, which they would also love.
- Kids can decorate the house with Flower garlands and lights (with supervision)
Did you love all these Diwali Activity ideas and recommendations? I will be adding more great ideas to this list every year. So pin this blog for later.
More Festival-Themed Activities for Kids
- Pongal Activities for Kids
- Holi Activties for kids
- Easter Activities for Kids
- Krishna Jeyanthi Activities for kids
- Ganesh Chaturthi Activities for Kids
- Christmas Activities for Kids
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