Even the youngest children will enjoy creating their own chalk rangoli designs. First, use a white chalk to outline your patterns, or to draw dots to form a grid. Then use coloured chalks or poster paint to fill in the design.
It is a tradition of Diwali to create beautiful rangoli at the entrance to the house. You may not be able to do the same, but the kids can certainly have a go at one of our rangoli crafts using a variety of materials and mediums.
Creating Your Own Rangoli
Your children may be inspired to create their own rangoli design - or they may need extra help. Talk about how the designs are usually symmetrical and geometric. Examine the sort of motifs, symbols and colours used and search online for rangoli images to give you ideas.
For younger children, it may be best for you to draw the outline of a simple design and ask the children to colour it in.
Older children can draw their own outline freehand, or use one of our grid papers to create a design. The advantage of using a grid paper is that the design can then easily be transferred onto a larger surface.
Example 1: some fantastic grid designs to inspire you.
Example 2: more grid designs
Alternatively, use one of our Rangoli colouring pages for inspiration or to trace.
You may be able to buy coloured rice for your rangoli projects. If not, coloured sand (available from craft stores) makes a good alternative. You can also die your own coloured salt, by simply mixing cheap table salt with food colouring and then spreading it out to dry.