India is a large country in Asia, housing the 2nd greatest population. India developed from one of the oldest civilisations on earth, the Indus River Valley. The Himalayan Mountains are another treasure hiding here. This is a deeply developed culture that has influenced much of our own world. Celebrate this exotic and ancient culture with art projects.
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Hinduism is a major religion of India, and Diwali is a renowned celebration for the New Year for Hindus. Diwali is a five day celebration, known as a festival of lights, in November. Lights are kept on to invite in the Hindu Goddess of Fortune, Lakshmi. Candles are burnt, fireworks burst, feasts are eaten and new attire is worn. Flower necklaces are also a traditional costume piece for females to wear during Diwali. Teach kids about Diwali by incorporating this India craft. To make your lei, you will need elastic thread, a plastic need, crepe paper, neon plastic straws and scissors. Create a few dozen crepe paper flowers. Make them basically the same shape but in many different colours. Cut spacers for your necklace from the plastic straws; this will determine how far apart your flowers are. String the crepe paper flowers by piercing the centre with the plastic needle. Put several flowers between each spacer. Tie it after the necklace is full.
Henna is a traditional art of India used to represent fertility and love. It is often used to decorate women’s hands and feet. Men also wear it on occasion, like at their wedding. Henna uses an oil-based dye to create intricate, lacy designs; this dye starts black and turns to brown and orange after weeks on the skin. While you may not want to tattoo your children, creating the designs is harmless. Create a henna hand by tracing and cutting out your own hand print on construction paper. Use black fine tip markers or gel pens to create the designs. For a more hands-on approach, use washable body paint to create the designs. Henna designs are abstract; often incorporating paisleys, circles and other lines.
In the wild in India, sixty per cent of the world tigers lurk. Recreate this fierce animal by making a tiger mask. This craft is easy for children of all ages. You will need a paper plate, string, scissors, paint, paint brush, hot glue and pipe cleaners. Cut eyes out from the mask. Also make pointy cutouts and use them as ears. Paint the mask orange first and leave it to dry. Add the black stripes with paint also. Use hot glue to add a pipe cleaner to the mask for the nose and whiskers. Cut a small hole in each side of the plate for a string.
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