Monday, 29 October 2012

Diwali - an acivity idea

                      Celebrate the festival of lights by making a candle holder


Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights is falling on November 13th this year, and is a fantastic celebration to take part in regardless of your religious beliefs! One aspect of the festival is to light divas, a type of small lamp, filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.

As an activity to reflect this, why not make candle holders using salt dough?! Salt dough is quick and simple to make, all you need is:

1 cup of water
2 cups of salt
2 Cups of flour
Create the desired shape for the candle you wish to use. I suggest tea lights would fair best here and bake in the oven at 120 degrees for 3 hours. The dough will not go brown, but will be hard to the touch.

Once the dough has cooled down, you can decorate them with paint and glitter and leave to dry. Once you have allowed them to dry, you can try them out, lighting the candles.  Most Hindu families would leave them burning all through the festival, but personally with children around, I would be more inclined to blow them out afterwards (and teach good safety rules too!)

Give it a go!!

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