Diwali Activity Ideas

Celebrate the festival of light with your children by getting them involved with these fun Diwali activity ideas!

Salt Dough Diva Lamps

Candles and diva lamps feature greatly in the Diwali festival.  You can make candle holder using dough.  Follow link for easy play dough recipe.

Paper Lanterns

  1. Using A4 paper, cut off a strip along the length of the paper. Set aside to use as the handle.
  2. Fold your paper in half lengthwise and use a ruler to draw evenly spaced lines on the sheet leaving an inch at the end.
  3. Cut the marked lines along the sheet.
  4. Unfold the paper.
  5. Decorate the sheet using coloured pens, paint or glitter.
  6. Match the long edges together on the lantern and use tape to hold it in place.
  7. Staple the handle to the top of the lantern.

Coloured Rice

Die rice with food colouring using several different colours.  Place on a large tray with kitchen utensils or you can use your child’s tea set.  This colourful sensory activity will provide hours of fun for your child!

To dye the rice, place into a container with a lid. Add white vinegar and food colouring to the rice (the more food colouring you add the darker the colour). Cover the container and shake the rice for a minute or two. Spread the coloured rice on a paper towel or a tray in even layer to dry.


Decorate your home with homemade bunting! All you need is paper glue and pegs to secure your child’s designs to the string.

Diwali is associated with images of candles, divas, fireworks and lots of colour! Use these images for inspiration for your designs to hang onto the string.


Send homemade cards to family and friends.  You can use a simple candle design as the main focus and add lots of colour and glitter to give it that extra sparkle!

Foot Print Painting

Diwali is a time when people welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity into their homes. For this reason, ‘Lakshmi’s footprints’ are a common motif associated with Diwali.

Spread paint onto a tray, place large sheets of paper or left over wall paper on the floor for your child to walk across.  Have a bowl with soapy water nearby to clean your child’s feet when they have finished!

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