Thursday, 12 November 2015
Diwali marks the Hindu New Year and is a 3 day festival. It can also be known as the festival of lights as Hindus light up their houses with Diwali clay lamps know as diyas. At Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. Having looked at some pictures of the Diwali celebrations we through it would be a nice idea to create our own rangoli patterns.
We decided to make the haters with the natural materials we had in the house. We made some play dough and gathered up some beans, lentils and chickpeas. We then looked at some simple patterns to give the children some ideas.
Using their fine motor skills the children picked out the objects they wanted for their pattern and began to create this on the dough they had rolled out. We ended up with a huge variety of patterns and the year 2 boys (aged 6) particularly enjoyed this activity.