Ideas to make Navratri a lot more fun for kids

Navratri heralds the arrival of the festive season in India and this is one such festival which is celebrated in different ways across the country. Talking to your children about the unique festivities in different states of India during the nine days of Navratri can be a chapter on Indian culture and traditions for them but we found some more interesting ways to make Navratri a lot more fun for the kids.

  • Storytelling – Take thkids through the mythological stories that celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil. There is no better way to educate your kids about the significance of  Navratri than reading out to them.

  • Diya making – Children across age–groups will enjoy this clay play activity the most. All you need is some clay and colours to mold the diyas. Handmade diyas have a special charm especially if they are made by little hands.

  • Making a Ravana effigy – Dussehra is a culmination of the nine-day Navratri festival and celebrated by burning the effigy of Ravana to signify the victory of good over evil. How about making a Ravana effigy at home using recycled or waste materials? This simple DIY craft activity is a wonderful activity to engage the kids while you are busy with other preparations for the festival.

  • Dandiya making – Kids will enjoy making their own dandiya props. Rolls of old newspapers put together as sticks, once dry, kids can paint them or decorate them in their favourite colours.

  • Navratri printable – A Mata ki chowki in the north, garba dance in Gujarat, Durga Pooja in Bengal and in the south the exhibition of gods called Golu (Click to buy some awesome miniature toys for Golu display), the distinct styles of celebrating Navratri across the various regions of India is the perfect geography & cultural lesson for kids. Take a map of India and ask the kids to place the images of food, clothes, idols in the corresponding region.

Indian festivals provide a good opportunity for parents to introduce children to India’s rich culture and traditions. Let’s make it more fun for kids by involving them in the celebrations.

 

Popular Monsoon Childhood Memories To Be Relived With Kids

It’s a gloomy rainy day, it is pouring outside and as we plan to publish this post, we can’t help thinking just how much fun rainy season used to be when we were kids.

We’ve all had our share of fun during childhood and the memories may differ individually but there are some childhood memories associated with the rainy season that have remained popular across generations and they will never go out of style!

Listing our favorites here,  just in case you are a parent reading this, make sure you try a few of these activities with your kids this rainy season!

 1) Getting drenched in the rain– This is the best way to experience rain in its pure form! Once a while leave all the health worries behind and let the kids get drenched and experince the falling rain.

2) Rescuing earthworms: It is quite common to spot earthworms that crawl up the surface after rain, let your kids know these creatures are harmless and they could protect them from the world outside, by burying them back in the earth.

3) Making paper boats : This is the first craft project for every parent isn’t it? Also no matter what age, you will always smile at the thought of a tiny paper boat sailing in the rainwater.

4) Jumping in the muddy puddles : Let the kids have the time of their life, while you are thinking about the messy clothes.

5) Playing in the wet mud : The wet mud after the rain is perfect for sensory play for kids, let their hands get dirty, join with them and teach them how to make their favourite objects using mud.

6) Eating corn / bhutta : Eating bhutta is healthy! Don’t throw away  after eating, use it to play catch! Let the kids understand that happiness can be derived from nature in so many ways.

 7) Dancing in the rain : How about throwing a dance party in the rain? The terrace is the ideal place for this, call all your child’s favourite friends, play their favourite music and see them dance and enjoy the rains!

8) Water wars: No serious war but this is serious business! The one who collects more water in his/her inverted umbrella gets to throw more on the opponent. It takes some time to fill enough water from the falling rain, but the wait is worth it!

9) Drawing on the glass : Believe it or not! Your kids may own as many drawing books but the fun of drawing on a misty glass is something else.

10) A walk in the rain: Trying to keep the umbrella in its place in the pouring rain is an adventure in itself! It gives the kids a sense of confidence to hold their own umbrella and walk down the pavement while it’s raining! Try it!

So don’t let a gloomy day dampen your mood! Head out and relive your childhood memories with your kids to enjoy the rainy season while it lasts.

If you liked these fun  childhood monsoon activities you may also like the 10 best rainy day indoor activities to keep the kids entertained.

10 Best Rainy Day DIY Indoor Activities to keep the Kids entertained!

So what do your kids do on a rainy day? The weather is gloomy and the temptation to turn on the idiot box is really high. Well, the fact is when you have kids at home, as a parent you always need to maintain a list of top-of mind fun activities that will keep your kids busy and help you wash away those rainy day blues!

From art & craft to simple science experiments that kids can do on their own using home supplies. Here is the list of 10 best indoor activities to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day.

1)   Make an art journal: Turn an old book into an art portfolio, where kids can create and save their favourite drawings. Your kids will enjoy going through this book over and over again.

2)   Design a greeting card: Because greeting cards are never out of fashion and it is a great way for kids to showcase their creativity and express their emotions towards their loved ones.

3)   Make your own treasure box: It is not so difficult to find an old cardboard box in the house, all you need for this is colours and a paint brush to give the old cardboard box a new look. Kids can decorate it with glitter, buttons, pearls and other tiny craft items available at home.

4)   Button craft : Another craft item you can easily find at home. Create a button tree, letters, cars – the possibilities are endless.

5)   Try origami: Folding paper is an art and with a little bit of practice your kids can easily master a few easy- to- make origami objects and flaunt their newly acquired skills to their friends.

6)   DIY slime: Children across age group love to make slime and it is one activity that will keep them happily engaged for long hours.

7)   Homemade play dough : The internet is filled with many tried and tested recipes to make you own play dough at home. Make it in bulk as it can be stored, so you can enjoy guaranteed peaceful afternoons.

8)   Frozen water balloons : A simple activity that never fails to amuse the kids. Fill the balloons with tap water, if you want you can add coloured water, tie the ends and put them in the refrigerator. Remove after an hour and watch the kids having some cool fun!

9)   Make a calming jar: As the name suggests, calming jars work as a relaxation or a ‘time out ‘ tool during temper tantrums for kids. Observing the movement of glitter and sparkly objects settle down to the base when you shake the jar, has a soothing effect on the mind. Try it! 

10)   Play a board game : Playing a board game is one of the best way to spend time with kids. While the options are many, we recommend to go for the traditional boardgames that work on your child’s visual recognition, strategy and social skills as well as hand-eye coordination and concentration skills.  Click here to order your favourite board game

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Happy rainy days!