Our exploring India session was fantastic! So bright and colourful and an excellent turn out for our mini-explorers 🙂
Dean and Mammy painting with dish brushes to create explosions of colour and learning about Holi festival.
Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival. Holi celebrations begin the evening before Holi with a bonfire and people gather to sing and dance. The next morning participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder or coloured water.
In theme with this festival our mini-explores were given large sheets of coloured card and painted this with dish brushes! the bristles creates a wonderful burst of colour 🙂
Diwali is the festival of Lights is an ancient hindu festival with a universal theme of happiness and hope. Diwali means ‘rows of lighted lamps’ and during the festival people light their homes with earthenware oil lamps called ‘diyas’ or ‘diwas’. Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. It is usually celebrated in November over five days with family.
We created Diwali tea lights with a coloured salt dough recipe and tons of glittering rhinestones! The children enjoyed this activity so much, most of the did it twice!
The Elephant festival is celebrated in Jaipur, India during the Holi festival. Elephants are embellished with vibrant colours, jewels and cloth for the procession. This is followed by elephant polo, elephant dance, elephant racing and a tug of war between an elephant and 19 men and women!
Our mini explorers were creating elephant garlands, using elephant shapes cut from jazzy wrapping paper and sticking then onto ribbon and adding a cardboard backing to make it more sturdy. They they added foam shapes and sequins as well. I provided curtain rings with clips on to for a loop for hanging the garland.
Rangoli are Indian folk art designs and are typically made for the Diwali festival. they are usually made on the floor in living rooms or courtyards and are made using coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals. They are sacred welcoming areas and the patterns are passed down through the generations keeping both the art form and the tradition alive.
We recreated Rangolis using coloured salt, dyed using chalk, coloured paper plates and pva glue.
The iconic Taj Mahal in India is made from striking white marble and semi-precious jewels. There is a reflecting pool outside with fountains leading up to the main building. It was built in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1083 and widely recognised as the ‘jewel of Muslim art in India’. It attracts 3 million visitors per year.