Looking for a fun craft activity to do at home? Grab some supplies and get started on some fun and colourful Deepavali crafts. We bet you'll enjoy these just as much as the kids!
If you’ve ventured into Little India recently, you’ll know that Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is one of the prettiest, most colourful celebrations in Singapore. Jump on the bandwagon and bring some of that colour into the kids’ craft with some of our sweet Deepavali craft ideas. There are lots of beautiful, simple craft ideas out there, but we’ve picked a few that are easy enough for the kids to do and that don’t require too much prep… we’re too busy for that!
1. Colourful paper lanterns
These paper lanterns from Red Ted Art are easy peasy to make and are really quite striking once it’s dark and you pop a tealight inside. The kids will love making the window designs and choosing the tissue paper colours, and you’ll love sitting back with a cuppa while they get on with it.
2. Sparkly tealight holders
We don’t know any kid who doesn’t love those colourful, sparkly bangles, so this craft activity from The Material Girls is sure to be a winner. It really is as simple as it looks – just grab some glue and a stack of bangles next time you’re at the market and you’re good to go.
3. Deepavali colouring pages
Our kids are currently obsessed with printing out things to colour in, so lucky for them we’ve just found Activity Village – a brilliant website with a whole section dedicated to Deepavali colouring pages. A lot of the printables come at a price, but there are also plenty of freebies including lots of Rangolis for the kids to colour (or use as inspiration for their own drawings). Other sites offering free Deepavali printables include Got Free Cards and Super Coloring.
4. Playdough rangoli
Create a playdough rangoli, like the clever mum from Putti’s World, or if playdough’s not your thing, try a more traditional rangoli using everyday materials like rice (colour for extra fun), sand, flower petals or even lentils. We also love this giant chalk rangoli by Activity Village.
5. Healthy, kid-friendly Deepavali treats
If you’ve ever wandered through Little India during the Festival of Lights, you’re sure to have seen (and eaten) the amazing array of traditional treats on offer. One of the most popular Deepavali sweets is Kaju Barfi, or cashew fudge. The traditional recipe definitely has its place, but if you’re looking to make a healthier version with the kiddos, try out this recipe, made with honey instead of sugar from Indu’s International Kitchen. Yummo!
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