Navratri and dussehra are the two most important festivals of the Indian heritage. They are celebrated every year with great pomp and show. These festivals carry high energy and enthusiasm along. Every year people undertake great efforts to celebrate these festivals with joy along with their family and friends. But at times these get together may get boring. To cheer up the company there must be some activities to keep up the happiness and the laughter rolling. So here we bring to you some of the great activities which will surely keep the ball rolling. Have a happy and safe Diwali.
Navaratri or Navaratra is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit. Nav = nine and Ratri = nights. It is celebrated during the period of Sarad Masi Aswin by Hindu lunar calendar, all eight days and nine nights have its importance and is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses. Crafting with kids is always fun and Navratri gives us good ideas! Here are lots of Navratri /Dussehra craft fun activities for kids.
Navratri, the nine day Hindu festive occasion dedicated to Mother Shakti, is almost here. To make your Navratri celebrations more grand, we brings you some cool puzzle activities themed to the beautiful festival. Try these awesome puzzle activities and spice up your festivities. Wish you a lovely festive time!
This navratri trivia crossword is great fun. This helps to increase the general trivia regarding the Navratri. This way all the members of the family will be able to learn more about their traditions. This way the younger generation will get more attached to their roots. You can add important events related to Ramayana, the various relations in the Ramayana, the general trivia about about Ram and his life. You can even create different crossword answers related to the Diwali and Dussehra celebrations. This fun crossword is a great Navratri and Dussehra craft idea.
Navratri Phrase Matching Game-
This phrase matching is also fun to.play with your squad and family. It adds a traditional touch to the celebrations. It will surely increase your general knowledge about the various facts and trivia about Navratri. You can easily get phrases and events to develop such a game for your friends and family this Diwali and Dussehra. Also add different famous lines quoted by various characters of the Ramayana. You can even jot down the characteristics and important events related to the different characters of the Ramayana. This makes for a fun activity for a group. You can even keep gifts for those who play the game well and get the answers right.
DIY Newspaper Eco-friendly Dandiya Sticks Decoration for Navratri-
If your kids love playing garba and raas, enthuse them into dolling up their own dandiya sticks. All you need is a set of newspaper dandiya stickss, a tassel of beads or little bells, tape, multi-colored satin ribbons, stones and glue.
Dandiya is a very important part of the Navratri celebrations. The nine days of Navratri are spent performing dandiya. Dandiya is one of the pristine dance forms of India which are an integral part of ode to the God. The dandiya sticks are a very important part of the Dandiya nights. All the people get together in large pandals and perform dandiya together and have fun. You can decorate your own dandiya sticks to personalize them for the dandiya night. You can decorate your dandiya sticks in a way that they match with your dandiya dress. Combine it with traditional Gujarati clothes. The personalized dandiya sticks add an element of your personalty onto the dandiya sticks and to every move of yours on the dance floor.
Navratri is not only about singing and dancing dandiya, but it is also about exchanging gifts and presents amongst everyone. It thus at times become a tough job to decide on what to present and what item will be suitable for a specific aged people. However you need not have to worry much for we have simplified things for you so that you need not have to shed that extra sweat.
For all age groups.
- Mata’s blessings in the form of “Mata ki Chunrees”, (veils or scarves that is offered to the Holy Goddess during the ceremony)
- “Mata ka Chattar’ (miniature umbrellas that are decorated with various colors and sequins work on it, also used during the puja)
- “Mata ke Coins”. (silver or gold coins with Holy inscriptions or Goddess’s figure)
- Spiritual Songs personally compiled in a CD.
- Holy Books compiled with songs, prayers and mantras that will be highly appreciated by the elders.
GIFTS SPECIALLY FOR KIDS ON NAVRATRI-
- Mild crackers. (Should be accompanied by the elders in the family while using them)
- Gift wrapped Chocolates that come in various colorful packages
- Garments or apparels with a traditional Indian touch to them.
Make your own Ravana-
Ravana might have been an evil one, but he is an important part of the Ramayana. Kids can make a Ravana mask by drawing Ravana and it’s ten heads on a white construction paper and painting it. Or better still, make Ravana out of a toilet roll or paper cups, stick big moustache and eye brows using black felt paper, and a golden thrown made out of golden craft paper, poster paints and glue, something like this.
Dussehra is celebrated to commemorate the death of Ravana, the evil king to the hands of Lord Rama. You ca recreate an effigy of Ravana to burn this Dussehra. It is a fun activity. This Navratri and Dussehra craft idea can be easily accomplished by using old newspaper, paints, hard cardboard, etc. You can either make a selfie booth Ravana with ten heads. This can be made by cutting out ten identical head shapes from a sheet of paper, painting it and drawing on the facial features on the ten faces cut. Make crowns for each of the face as he was a king. Now make a moustache out of black paper. Use the moustache as a props and you can click pictures, standing in front of the ten headed Demon King Ravana. To make an effigy of Ravana to burn, you require lots of old newspapers. Make two round balls, one bigger than the other. Make four cylindrical structures out of newspaper. Now make the face of Ravana using the smaller newspaper ball and use the bigger one as its stomach. Use the newspaper cylinders to make the limbs of the Ravana effigy.
Create a wall piece with Mysore bedecked elephant-
In Mysore, they take out huge processions involving beautifully decorated elephants. How about creating the regal elephants of Mysore and turning them into a wall piece. All you need is a cardboard, felt papers in green, red, yellow or blue (or any other colour your child likes), gold ribbon, mirrors, wool or string, and glue. Draw an elephant on the cardboard and cut it out. Stick the felt papers, decorate it with ribbons and mirror/stones. Now, punch a hole at the top of the elephant, tie a thread and hang it on the wall.
This is a beautiful and traditional Navratri and Dussehra Craft idea. You can easily make this beautiful craft idea using hard ivory sheet, pencil, a pair of scissors, paints, thread and golden glitter. Start by marking out the different shapes required to make this Mysore Bedecked Navratri and Dussehra craft idea. Make the different shapes and fill them with bright colors so as to add to their beauty. Now add golden glitter to the outer lining of the structures to make the structures shine. Join the different pieces together to make them like a hanging. Finish the craft off with small sized beads at the bottom. Now you can hang this beautiful Mysore Bedecked craft at your entrance, in your living room, etc.
Create a scene from Ramayana-
Make figurines like Ram, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, Ravana or Kumbhkaran out of clay or play doh. Now, create a scene from Ramayana, for instance Ashok Vatika or Panchvati by making various props like trees, flowers, deer, food, etc. from construction paper, play doh, rangoli, etc. This will be like your own golu.
This is a very meaningful and depictive Navratri and Dussehra Craft idea. The beautiful Ramayana scene depicts the scene from the Holy book when Ravana comes to see and abduct Sita. He deceives her into believing that he is a hermit as shown in the scene. She believes him thinking him to be ascetic and innocent even though both Rama and Lakshmana had warned her not to come out until they come back from the hunt. The children must be taught that they need to be mindful while believing on someone in this cruel and unkind world. This scenery can be put up as a showpiece in your living room. This can also become a conversation starter for the guests at your home.
Customs of Navratri-
Navratri is a major festival of India dedicated to the worship of the deity of power or Shakti. It’s a nine night long celebration. Nearly every Indian household observe this festival with utmost vigour and devotions. Many customs and rituals are associated with the celebration of this festival. Know more about the customs and traditions associated and add more purity to your devotion towards the Goddess.
The Navratri and Dussehra Craft ideas also include following pursuit of different traditions regarding culture, traditions, clothing etc. All of these add more variety and vibrance to our lives. These beautiful clothes and traditional jewelry look great when worn on such special occasions. It adds more beauty and specialty to the day. You can teem these traditional clothes with traditional footwear and headgear for the optimum depiction and joy. Enjoy your festivals with great pomp and show reliving all the good lessons of life attached to the commemoration of such festivals.
We hope you liked all these engaging activities and easy to realize craft ideas. We hope you have a great time this Dussehra and Diwali. May these beautiful festivals bring cheer and happiness to your homes and families. Happy Navratri, Dussehra and Diwali to you and your family. Share your experience and feedback with us in the comments section below. Check out other related articles on Kids Art & Craft. We will come up with more such useful content soon. Keep smiling and creating with Kids Art & Craft!