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  • Writer's pictureShannon de Winnaar


At Astor International School we take time out to celebrate Singapore’s cultural celebrations. Deepavali or Diwali is coming up and we will be taking time out to celebrate. This celebration is also known as the celebration of lights. The festival symbolises the victory of light over darkness. Here are some great craft ideas for children to do to prepare for the celebration.

Diya Painting

Diya’s are permanent features in homes and temples, they are small clay pots to place candles in. They represent enlightenment, knowledge, wisdom and prosperity.

You will need:

  • Clay Diya

  • Paint

  • Paint brushes

Use the paint to paint the clay Diya pot in bright colours.

Rangoli Biscuits

Rangoli means ‘an array of colours’ and is a traditional Indian art form. You can decorate biscuits with colourful sprinkles making them look like Rangoli, you will need:

  • Biscuits

  • Sprinkles

  • Icing sugar

First, cover the biscuit in icing sugar, then use the different coloured sprinkles to decorate.

Rangoli Suncatcher

As rangoli means ‘an array of colour’ why not use some black construction paper and cellophane to create a rangoli suncatcher to hang in your window to catch the light. Get a piece of black paper and draw a large circle on the paper. Cut the circle out. Fold the circle in half a few times until it is a small triangle. Cut out some shapes from the sides of the triangle. Unfold the circle and cover one side in glue. Lay different coloured tissue paper over the top of the holes.

You will need:

  • Tissue paper

  • Black thick card

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

Canvas Henna

Henna is a dye made from a tree, it is used to create designs on peoples bodies for celebrations or special occasions.

You will need:

  • 4x4 inch canvas

  • Henna cones

  • Gloves

Take a canvas and draw your own design on the canvas using a henna cone. Once the henna has dried scratch the henna off, to reveal your design.

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