Create decorations with a mischievous edge for Diwali, a heritage-rich festival for Hindus. Work with a partner to design Lakshmi's colorful footprints.
1. Diwali, the Festival of Lights is one of the few Hindu festivals that is celebrated in every part of India. Diwali traditions differ depending on the area of the country. Find out about Diwali customs in India, Thailand, or other countries.
2. During Diwali, Hindus of all lands welcome Lakshmi (also spelled Laxmi) into their homes by cleaning and decorating. Tiny footprints of Lakashmi are found around the house to show her arrival.
3. Cover your art area with newspaper. With a classmate, remove your shoes. Take turns rapidly covering each other's feet (one at a time) with Crayola® Color Wonder™ Markers. (Yes, it tickles!) Quickly, while your foot is wet, press it on Crayola Color Wonder Paper. The marker will only show on this special paper, not on your feet. Wash your feet with soap and water and dry with paper towels when you are finished printing.
4. With Crayola Scissors, cut out your footprints. Decorate them with markers and Crayola Glitter Glue. Remember, the footprints are talismans of wealth and prosperity, so decorate them accordingly. Air dry flat.
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.
Color Wonder™—Wash hands well with soap and water after use.
Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.
- The symbolic meaning of Diwali is important to Hindus, who see this as a time where the light of knowledge overcomes the darkness of ignorance. Listen to Hindu stories to find examples of this struggle.
- Compare this "Festival of Lights" with other "lights" festivals. What elements are similar? How do the traditions differ?
- Find out what other customs are practiced during this 5-day festival. Prepare them for a special event for families.