October 17

Celebrating Diwali

Cross-curricular explorations and building connections during Diwali. Useful links to information, activities and videos to help your class celebrate the Festival of Lights. Diwali in 2017 is on Thursday, October 19, 2017 and will continue to Monday, October 23, 2017.

STEM ideas and activities which can be linked to Diwali including: investigating shadows, creating shadow puppets, using spectroscopes and colour wheels to study light and colour, exploring electrical circuits and making lava lamps.



A rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, people draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.

Group Chalk and Sand Project. Social Emotional Learning – cooperation, planning, inclusion, critical thinking.


Integrating Math Pattern Blocks and Rangoli Design


Integrate Fall and OutDoor education with Rangoli Design


Integrate Rangoli with Digital Design. iOrnament is a great little free app that turns simple lines and curves into great designs using creative geometry. Easy to use.


Diwali is called the Festival of Lights. People light hundreds of small lamps called Diyas. The more lamps they light the more likely it is that Lakshmi will be tempted to visit them.

Figuring out how to build a Diya from scratch can be a great problem solving Maker activity. Include information on fire safety.


Play-doh and Tea Lights.


Salt Dough Candle Holders



Also instructions for bake and no-bake Clay Diyas.

Other Resources:

Here’s a free app that plays 100 Top Diwali songs. Streaming with shuffle.

National Geographic video. 3 minutes. Good overview.

Festival of Lights video showing traditional celebrations in India. Late Primary and up. 13 minutes.

Rangoli Colouring Patterns



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Posted October 17, 2016 by acrosland in category Makers and Makerspaces

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Anna Crosland, Teacher-Librarian in B.C. Canada: Focus on Personal and Social Core Competencies, Layering Authentic Indigenous Resources into the Curriculum, MakerEd and Digital Creation, Inclusiveness, Empowerment, Diversity and lots of Reading