Diwali

MANDALA ART PROJECT WITH KIDS TO CELEBRATE DIWALI

MANDALA ART PROJECT WITH KIDS TO CELEBRATE DIWALI

Diwali Mandala Mandala and rangoli are patterned designs that are traditionally used during the celebration of Diwali, a Hindu holiday. They can be created outside a home or temple drawn with chalk and made using natural elements or sand.

The Crayola Website has rangoli and mandala coloring pages. My daughter has enjoyed coloring them. I have enjoyed the beauty of mandalas made with colorful natural elements such as flower petals, and I wanted to try creating one with my daughter. First, I tried to make one with clear contact paper, but my drawing skills are lacking, and most of the objects wouldn’t adhere to the contact paper.

I decided to use the mandala on the Crayola website as a base. I suggest copying the designs onto card stock or other thick paper.  Miss E and I chose colorful food from her Indian grandmother’s pantry – lentils and fennel. Lentils and grains come in various colors and create a beautiful effect when used in artwork. In addition, we gathered pink flower petals.

We found some of the shapes too small to work with, so I created bigger shapes with glue using the same basic design of the coloring page.  We covered one area at a time with different items and mirrored colors on each side of the design to create a pattern.

Creating mandalas is a wonderful way to teach your children about another culture using art.  This activity supports fine motor skills and math concepts such as patterns and shapes.

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