Ganesh Chaturthi Activities for kids

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10 Ganesh Chaturthi Crafts and activities to do with kids

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Ganesh Chaturthi activities for kids

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We love doing festival theme activities. Most of the activities listed here are the ones we did with my 4-year-old this year. However, this blog will be a growing list of Ganesha Chaturthi activities as  I will add more ideas every year. So pin this block to your activities board on Pinterest to check again later.

Now, Let’s dive in

What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of India’s widely celebrated Hindu festivals to honour the Elephant-headed God Ganesha’s birthday. Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and the goddess Parvathi and is the god of prosperity and wisdom.

Elephant headed god of Hindu

When and how is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated? 

Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival celebrated in August or September every year. Though it is celebrated through India, Each region has slight variations in the ceremonies and rituals. On day 1, the Statue of Ganesha is installed at home or in a public place. People offer flowers, fruits and Ganesh’s favourite food, Modaks and chant slokas and Bhajans.  On the tenth day, The statue is immersed in a water body.

Activities that kids can do during Ganesha Chaturthi

All these activities revolve around the theme of Ganesha and will keep kids of all ages interested. I have also included a free printable pack, which you can download at the bottom of the article.

1. Playdough Ganesha

Ganesh Chaturthi activities for kids Playdough Ganesha

The Number one activity I would recommend is doing a Playdough Ganesha with your little ones. It may look complex, but it was so simple and turned out very pretty.  The modelling clay we used does not exactly play dough, but a lighter version of the same.  It is called air clay.

My 4-year old daughter showed so much interest in this activity. Most of this idol was made by her with little help. We had printed a picture of Ganesha for reference.

2  An umbrella Ganesh Idol

We made a cute little umbrella for our Ganesha Idol with cardboard and some perforated papers.  This is so easy to make. You need a couple of things you have at home. Make a circular Base out of cardboard, use a GLue gun to attach the Skewer. Gather a few colour paper and decorate them. Your umbrella is ready.

3. Involve kids to make Modaks

Ganesha loves Modaks, and so do the kids. It is one of the tastiest and also healthy recipes of India. You can involve the kids in the to make Modaks. While I was a child, I used to make different shapes of Modaks and enjoyed eating them. So Let kids show a little creativity and make their own Modaks. The only thing you need to make sure is the Stuffing and the dough isn’t too hot.

Kids can also make this No Cook Dry fruit Modak recipe, Perfect for Small kids.

4. Ganesha printable craft

Make a cute Ganesha craft with our Printable Templates and a tissue paper Roll. If you do not have a roll, you can make the same with a paper cup. Check out Full instructions with pictures in the blog – Tissue paper roll Ganesha.

5.  Free Ganesha ChathurthiWorksheets

Our free printable pack has Drawing props, colouring, maze, counting and many fun printable activities. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  This pack can be downloaded at the end of the post by signing up.

6. Read a story of the birth of Ganesh

Ganesh is the son of Parvati and Siva. How Ganesha was born and how he got an elephant head is a fascinating story.  We had this book set, which has 5 mythological books; it is pretty awesome to learn the story of Ganesha. The illustrations are so cool, and kids will love them.

7. Visual discrimination cards.

Almost similar yet different Ganesh cards for kids to practise visual discrimination.  You need to print the page twice and cut them into individual cards to make the activity. This is suitable for Preschoolers. For Toddlers, you can start with 4 cards. This activity is included in the free printable pack. Kindly download it at the end of the post.

8. Learning materials from Twinkl

Twinkl has some great Learning resources to learn about Ganesha and the festival. We printed a few and also checked the PowerPoint presentations. They also have resources for each Hindu god.

9. Read the book Ganesha’s Sweet tooth

Have you noticed that one of Ganesha’s tusks is broken? This book is loosely based on the Mythological tale of Ganesha breaking his tusk to make a pen.  The story is humorous and charming. This is a great book to read with your child during Ganesh Chaturthi.

10. Do Elephant activities

This is the best time to do elephant crafts and activities. Sharing a few ones that we have on our website. There are suitable for toddlers.

  1. 5 Elephant worksheets for toddlers
  2. Make an Elephant maze
  3. Make an Elmer craft with Kids and also read the Elmer series. 

Elephant activities

That’s all for now; I will be adding wonderful resources more next year before Vinayakar Chaturthi.

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