Fun Day Monday

Happy Monday to you all….. how has your week been? We had great fun last week celebrating the Hindu festival of light,Diwali, and learning about what Diwali is all about.

As part of this we made some divas (the small oil lamps that are lit and placed around the house as part of the celebrations) and some rangoli patterns using coloured rice. I thought I’d share what we did with you this week ao that you can celebrate Diwali too (albeit a week late) or you can adapt the activities for other celebrations such as Christmas.

To make a diva lamp you will need:

  • Air drying clay
  • Lots of sequins
  • Apron

and you need to do the following:

  • Put the apron on your little one… this activity can get a bit messy as the clay is still wet
  • Take a piece of clay and mould it into a tear shape like the lamp pictured below:

  • Give your little one the sequins and get them to push them in all over the lamp
  • Allow the lamp to dry and place a tealight in it (please always supervise your little one if you light the tealight)

If you want to make a rice rangoli pattern you will need to prepare your rice first. To do this you will need to do the following:

  • Mix 3tbsps of water with 5-10 drops of food colouring
  • Stir with a metal spoon until the colouring is dissolved
  • Add 1 cup of white rice and stir until the grains have all absorbed the colour
  • Let the rice sit for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Drain the water off and spread the rice out on a thick layer of newspaper
  • Let it dry overnight
To turn this into a rangoli pattern you simply draw the pattern that you want onto a piece of card and then put PVA glue onto different parts of the pattern. Your little one can then cover the glue with the coloured rice of their choice. Shake the rice off between glue and rice applications to allow you to build up your pattern.

If you do either of these activities I’d love to see the results…. the children had so much fun doing both activities and absolutely loved the feel of the coloured rice (you can save the unused rice for some fun sensory play).