Have you ever seen the decorative floor art called rangoli? Rangoli art from India, a folk art used during Hindu festivals to bring good luck and welcome the Hindu deities. Check out these beautiful google images and then try out this stunning, colorful project with your kids. It’s a beautiful, hands-on, collaborative art project that engages kids and teaches about other cultures!
First, draw a symmetrical pattern with white chalk on the ground outside. Rangoli art from India is typically displayed at the entrance of a home. The details in rangoli decorations can include lotus flowers, mango leaves, geometric shapes, or other elaborate designs made of rice flour, colored sand, or even flower petals. On a recent visit to our public library, the wonderful librarians had drawn out their design in white chalk, and had the kids use colored sand to fill it in. Each child was given a small cup of colored sand, and instructed where to sprinkle it.
As the children being to fill in the sections with sand, the librarian was able to guide the children to add more sand, and easily could brush away spilled colors without compromising the design. Children as young as 4 were participating, though everyone wanted to stop by to watch the design unfold.
So pretty!!!!! If you’d like to learn more about rangoli, here’s another article with videos. If you’re interested in sharing Diwali traditions with your kids, check out all of our Diwali activities! You can decorate thali plates, make delicious Indian sweets, create your own diya, and learn more about the celebration.