DIWALI or Deepawali – is the biggest Hindu festival. It refers to the festival of lights which is celebrated by lighting rows of lamps (deep or diyas). It signifies victory of truth, triumph of good over evil , knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness.

Festival of Diwali is celebrated in the Kartik month which falls around October or November, the exact dates vary every year according to the Hindu Calendar.

It’s very important to teach our kids about the relevance and traditions of the festivals, and the best way to do that is by involving them in the festival preparations, telling them stories behind the festivities and importance of rituals, making sweets & snacks, decorating the house, doing some crafts & activities or making hand-made gifts & cards for friends & family.

Kids always love and enjoy when they are allowed to be a part of the celebrations and when they are given responsibilities.


Some easy Diwali Crafts & Activities to do with kids at home:

Decorating Diyas:

Kids love colors and what would be better than lighting the  lamps decorated by the tiny hands. So just let them paint the diyas with their imagination. They can even stick stars, mirrors or embellishments to their hand-painted diyas.


Draw a simple design by chalk/white color on floor and allow them to fill their colors of choice. Elder kids can draw their own rangoli designs as well. 

Check some Rangoli Printables

For younger kids, rangoli can be created on chart paper or paper plate or cardboard – by applying glue over a design and then letting them spread the colors over glue.


A rangoli design is included in the FREE PRINTABLE (LINK BELOW)


Kids have a lot of queries and curiosity about the reasons behind rituals and practices. So it’s nice to read this all to them and enlighten them through books written for kids.

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Easy to make colorful paper lamps or lanterns will add beauty to the festive decor of the house. Try these recycled Glittery Lamps at home.

 Paper Lanterns are easiest to make with kids. Use colorful papers and make lanterns of different sizes. Lanterns can be hung on wall or kept on desks, tables and chests with lights inside.

Greeting Cards:

It’s always lovely to give each other festive cards, and it would cherish relations by teaching kids to prepare cards for their friends, teachers and even family members.

Use glitter pens, glitter glue, foam, star stickers, etc. to decorate the card. We made these Diwali cards for teachers. And little one was super happy when the teacher pinned them on the class notice board.

A greeting card is included in the FREE PRINTABLE (LINK BELOW)


Diwali Activity Sheets

Diwali Activity sheets


Kandils are  traditional part of house decor on Diwali. Make kandils with paper or by sticking colored paper on chart sheet. Decorate with stars, glitters, embellishments.

Some more Diwali crafts ideas are here.

How do you celebrate Diwali?

What all activities do you do with kids?

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30 thoughts on “Diwali Crafts & Activities for Kids – FREE Printables

  1. Lovely ideas. Last year i got plain diyas and we painted and decorated them. Also we tried rangoli designs. You are right they like to be involved and that adds to the fun of the festivals. Thanks for this post, Will come back for the printables 🙂

  2. Not just for kids, I think these activities are enjoyed by adults as well. Diwali, for us, incorporates all of the above and every member partakes in the activities with equal enthusiasm.

  3. Wow great collection of amazing diwali activities, I had done most of them with my girls ..your blog is one of my favorite and I love the way you shared different kids art, craft and DIYs projects.

  4. Done great ideas and I feel even adults can enjoy these. It’s always fun involving the entire family during a festival, isn’t it? 🙂

  5. As a kid, I used to love making Kandels, I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to manage the kandels without tearing them off. Nice post.

  6. These are some really fun activities to do with kids as Diwali is nearing. Your kiddo is very cute, god bless. I do engage my kids in making a lantern, Diya, and rangoli every year. Liked that book, will surely check, and yes greeting cards are on my list this year.

  7. Kids are super excited about making Rangolis during Diwali. Such great ideas to enjoy this festival of lights with kids. We’ll probably make lanterns together.

  8. I strongly feel that we should involve our kids in the festivities so that they can learn about it better. These are some fun ways to involve them in Diwali.

  9. Kids enjoy so much while preparing for Diwali. I used to make rangolis and decorate diyas alone until my daughter grew up a little and took away this responsibility and made me free for other preparations.

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