Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated all over India as Lord Ganesha‘s Birthday!
Maharashtra, has the best 10 day affair for Ganesh Chaturthi , and the Ganesha Idols all over are a sight to behold! The festival which is celebrated during the Hindi calendar of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) kicks off in September and ends with Ananath Chaturdashi when these Ganesha Idols are submerged in water. So if you are looking for fun activities to do while you celebrate with your kids, you’ve come to the right place.
Ganesh Chaturthi Crafts and Activities to do with Kids
The Elephant-faced God, who is the beloved son of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati is known for his wit, humor and sweet tooth. He is also the protector of nature. It is very important to have a green Ganesh Chaturthi and we totally follow it too.
Make your own eco – friendly Ganesha Idol!
It might seem difficult but it is actually quite simple! Here is a fantastic tutorial, which explains the process!
Priyanka from https://www.facebook.com/MyColorfulStuff/ shares this really cute ganesha that she made at home.
Make Ganesha platform decorations
So your Ganesha Idol is ready, well he needs a place to sit and a throne, no less. Well don’t go to the shops; why not make one by yourself, I promise you will find most of the stuff in your home!
For the background, line up silk screens against the wall and put up vertical lights instead of horizontal.
Then make a Lotus shaped Seat for Ganesha.
Add an Umbrella for the lord by attaching it with clay behind the seating.
Ganesh Chaturthi DIY Aarti plate
After you place your Ganesha on the seat you so lovingly made for him, I am sure you would want to do his puja. For that you need your Aarti plate. And this simple Thermocol Arthi Plate can be made using 2 colors & a brush.
Put a Rangoli
Now make it look all festive with decor that makes Lord Ganesha Smile, a Rangoli is just the thing! Follow our easy step by step tutorial to put a Rangoli in under 15 minutes.
We loved the Pookolam Ganesha Rangoli by iKolam.com
Make sweets for Ganesh Chaturti
Really Bal Ganesha is just like our little ones and us who just can’t stop gorging on Ladoos and and sweets. Use these easy, kid-friendly recipes to make Prashad for Ganesha, I am sure he is going to be pleased! Veg recipes of india brings to you 51 awesome recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi . Our favorite Guest blogger Nidhi has some easy recipes on her blog. The Nariyal Ladoo is not to be missed! Three ingredients. just put everything in a pan and let them cook to these yummy juicy ladoos.
Ganesha’s another favorite food is the Modak. Steamed Rice dumplings with a sweet coconut & jaggery filling. Yum!
Easy Crafts for Ganesh Chaturthi
Crafts are a great way for kids to explore and have fun and also use their time in doing quality activities. Craft time can be utilized to tell tales about Lord Ganesha!
One of my favorite craft activity is the one in which I do not have to run to the store to get supplies!
Click on the images to check out the craft tutorials …
You can also buy these kits that come preloaded with everthing you need to do an activity!
We love these Ganesha craft kits from ToyKraft
Make Ganesh Chaturthi Cards for family! Hamara Nischay has a gorgeous Card making kit
No one can say no to a good story. Our heritage is full of fabulous stories of wit, humor, bravery and magic. All tales of Bal Ganesha has a touch of naughtiness and lovely humor that kids will love and a lesson that they will understand at their own pace and space. We are proud to present some of our fabulous Mythological stories in easy PDF format for you to download and read to your young ones!
The books with adorable illustrations have stories about Lord Ganesha, Devi Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati and Lord Shiva. These mini eBooks introduce our Gods to kids in a simple manner – the Who? their special powers, what they love, some stories, a coloring page, a special mantra about them and lots of crafts to try.
Or you could spend some time cozying up on the sofa reading a few books about Ganesha. Here are some of the books we have love.
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