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
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration
The festival starts with colorfully decorated statues of Ganesha being installed in homes. The Platform or the pandal are decorated with garlands and lights and the idol is worshipped at homes for 10 days. On the 11th day, the idol is carried through the streets and immersed in a river or the sea. This represents a ritualistic send-off for Lord Ganesh as he travels to his home in Kailash, taking with him the sorrows of his devotees. The main dish eaten during this festival is the Modak.
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 MyColorfulStuff/ shares this really cute Ganesha that she made at home using Play Doh.
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.
Ganesha platform decorations
Add an Umbrella for Lord Ganesha 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.
Make sweets for Ganesh Chaturthi
Really Bal Ganesha is just like our little ones and us who just can’t stop gorging on Ladoos 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 bring to you 51 awesome recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi. Our favorite Guest blogger Nidhi has some easy recipes on her blog. The Nariyal Laddoo is not to be missed! Three ingredients. just put everything in a pan and let them cook to these yummy juicy laddoos.
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 the tales of 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 …
Make a 2 D Clay Craft. You can also use Playdough!
Make a Ganesha Artwork with acrylic colors & glitter glue
Make your own Lentil Covered gift box
Everyone loves to get gifts. Add a little love decorating the gift boxes too.
A Gift Box
A drawing by your child
Pulses in various colours
Paint or plain wrapping paper
Get the box ready by coating it with paint or sticking coloured paper on it.
Stick your child’s artwork in the center.
Decorate around it by sticking different coloured pulses.
Mix fevicol with a little water and give it a generous coat to seal it in.
Let dry overnight.
Fill up the box with goodies and gift it.
These 4 festival art and craft ideas for children are all simple and can be made with easily available materials. Try them out with your loved ones this festive season!
How to Draw Ganesha – Video
You can also buy these kits that come preloaded with everything you need to do an activity!
We love these Ganesha craft kits from ToyKraft
Make Ganesh Chaturthi Cards for the 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!
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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.
A collection that brings together the fascinating tales of Ganesha and his family. Titles in this pack are Ganesha, Ganesha and the moon, Tales of Shiva, Shiva Parvati, Sati and Shiva, Karttikeya, Andhaka, Nahusha, Tripura and Elephanta. All the characters in these stories are from the Indian mythology – Amar Chitra Katha Series
Campfire Junior brings you the adventures of Ganesha, the mischievous elephant god and his amazing friends. Early adventures of Ganesha’s childhood are delightfully brought to life in the first book of a new series of legends for younger readers.
A part of the Amma, Tell Me Series from Bhakti Mathur. The story of how Ganesha’s Elephant head came to be is what the book is about. Written in the verse form that is the style for the Amma Tell Me Series, this is a great book for children just getting to know these stories for this first time.
We loved this contemporary re-imagination of how Ganesha broke his tusk and wrote the Mahabharata with his broken tusk.
Vyasa’s Mahabharata is the well-known story of how Vyasa enlists the help of Ganesha in writing down the long and multi-layered epic that is the Mahabharata. Presented with lively humour and great affection, it shows the very recognizable human dilemmas faced by Vyasa and Ganesha
Ever wonder how Ganesh got his head? He did not always look this way you know……
Here is an ancient tale, written in rhyme, which teaches us to honor the promises we make to the ones we love.
Published by NoseyTrunk.
In this story Ganesha attends a very special feast thrown by Kubera. Read the complete book to learn how Ganesha teaches Kubera a lesson in humility. This is a fun-filled story of little Ganesha and Murugan competing with each other for winning the special “Wisdom” fruit. They need to race each other around the world. Who wins the race? Read the book to find out.
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