21 Navratri Dussehra Activities & Crafts for kids

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“What is Navratri? I know! Navratri means holidays for school, correct mummy”, squealed my little daughter. As a mum, I love questions like these. I find them great conversation starters to explain a bit about our culture and get her excited at the same time.

If you are like me and want to get your child involved in the festivities, using crafts, puppets, and activities, then these activities are both fun and educational.

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21 Navratri Dussehra Activities and Crafts

Dussehra Crafts for kids

 

What is Navratri & Dussehra? 

Navratri (Nine Nights), culminating with Dussehra, is a cultural festival of great importance and significance in India.
According to the great Hindu epic Ramayana, Lord Ram fought Ravana in an epic battle that lasted nine days and on the tenth day Rama killed Ravana and that day is Dussehra.
Dussehra is also called  Vijayadashami and is celebrated as the victory of  Goddess Durga over the demon  Mahisasura. We celebrate the victory of good over the evil and success of truth over lies.

When is Navratri & Dussehra?

Navaratri 2022 in India will begin on Monday, 26 September, and ends on Tuesday, 4 October

Navratri Colors for 2022

Nine colors of Chaitra Navratri 2022 – The sequence of colors is determined by the weekday on which Navratri starts. This year Navratri starts on 26th September, which is a Monday. Monday is always associated with the color white and the rest of the colors follow the sequence in a fixed order.
  • Day 1 – Ghastasthapana – White.
  • Day 2 – Dwitiya – Red
  • Day 3 – Tritiya – Royal Blue. 
  • Day 4 – Chaturthi – Yellow
  • Day 5 – Panchami – Green 
  • Day 6 – Sashti – Grey
  • Day 7 – Saptami – Orange
  • Day 8 – Ashtami – Peacock Green.
  • Day 9 – Navami – Pink

 

Decorate Dandiya Sticks for Navratri

In the Indian state of Gujarat, men and women gather and dance every night of the Navratri to a dance form called Garba and DandiyaThis is now very popular in most parts of India and was a big event in our Hometown.  Navaratri brings in Garba or the Dandiya raas.

A dance form depicting Lord Krishna’s dance with his gopikas.. Typically danced with 2 wooden dowels/sticks decorated in festive colors. At home too, we decided to decorate our dandiya sticks.

Decorate Your Dandiya Sticks – Click the image below to see how we did it. 
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Once the Sticks are ready, wear a traditional dress and go out and party!!

Get ready for  Dandiya – Click the image below to see how we did it. 
21 Navratri Dussehra Activities and Crafts to get your child involved in the festivities- crafts, puppets and activities that are both fun and educational.

Learn the easy steps of Dandiya & Garba

Basic Dandiya Dance steps and Simple Garba Dance steps for beginners and for kids. Get set for the performance for Navaratri and other big Gujarati festivals celebrated across India. Navaratri is a Gujrathi Festival wherein people celebrate, play dandiya, and perform Garba dance. Watch this video

 

 

Dussehra wishes and cards for family

Every festival needs Cards & gift tags. Make Dussehra cards for the family. We love making Foam crackers at home as cards and door decor – make cards for the family.

 

Dussehra Rangoli Ideas

The whole house gets a thorough cleaning .. New curtains, new clothes .. and the house gets a festive look and feel.. We put a different rangoli every day.
 
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21 Navratri Dussehra Activities and Crafts to get your child involved in the festivities- crafts, puppets and activities that are both fun and educational.
 
21 Navratri Dussehra Activities and Crafts to get your child involved in the festivities- crafts, puppets and activities that are both fun and educational.
 

Dussehra Home Decoration Ideas

There are many ways in which parents & kids can quickly get their homes ready for the festive season, with designer accessories that are readily available. 

Here are some simple tips for the festive season. 

  • The first step to spruce up our homes is to de-clutter and clean everything.  Remove items that are broken, old or you no longer need, as it blocks positive energy. A clean house attracts wealth and fortune.
  • Change furnishings to have a more ethnic feel – wall rugs or authentic Indian saris can be used to decorate the walls and windows.
  • Place Antiques and brass lamps or figurines, to add a traditional look to your home.

Other Ideas you can do are – 

Kundan Rangolis are quite the rage these days ..

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We love decorating the house with gorgeous Flowers .. Paper flowers are easy to make and stay a long while. You use these flowers as a table decoration, String them up or make a Toran.

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21 Navratri Dussehra Activities and Crafts to get your child involved in the festivities- crafts, puppets and activities that are both fun and educational.

Learn about the Mysore Dasara Festival

Elephants are an integral part of the Mysore Dasara Festival. The elephants form the core of the Mysore Dasara procession on the Vijayadashami day. The lead elephant carries the Golden Howdah (Chinnada Ambari) with the Goddess Chamundeshwari in it. Here are some ideas for you to try out

Decorate a Paper Elephant

 
Paper Craft Mysore Dasara elephant
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Durga Puja Decoration and Crafts for kids

DurgaJagdamba or Mahishasura Mardini, by whichever name you call her or worship her — Goddess Durga is an embodiment of shakti, courage, love, and care. A powerful goddess who can vanquish demons single-handedly and a mother who devotes her all to her children. While Eastern India is renowned for Durga Puja festivities, the deity is worshiped in various forms across India during Navaratri, a festival that spans nine days.

Durga face Drawing Tutorial for Kids

One thing that your child might enjoy doing is trying to draw a picture of Goddess Durga.  Here are a few videos that depict how to draw Durga maa. It helps them to explore Indian art and this tutorial step by step makes it pretty easy.

 

Durga Puja is done with much aplomb in the eastern states of India .. With your children, you can try out some
 

Durga Crafts – Upcycled CD Coasters

 
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Build your own DIY 3D  Paper Durga Puppet – Via Craft Toi  

 
DIY Durga Puppet Craft 1
 

Ramayana Crafts and activities for kids 

Dussehra is also a great time to read the Ramayana.

What is the Ramayana story all about?

The Ramayana is an ancient Hindu epic about Lord Rama and his queen Sita. It is one of the two most important ancient epics of India. The Ramayana follows Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Demon King Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. It is traditionally attributed to the authorship of the sage Valmiki and dates from around 500 BCE to 100 BCE.

Navratri Color By Number Printable

These printable Ramayan-themed color by numbers pages are perfect to keep little hands busy and make a beautiful decoration to display around the home or classroom once the kids have completed their Ramayan pictures. So grab your favorite color pens, pencils, and crayons, and let’s get busy coloring and decorating to welcome Navratri & Dussehra.

Grab the free printable Navratri Color By Number Printable from our September Bundle. This is available for Free for all our Club ArtsyCraftsy members.

Color By Number Navratri

 

Have a puppet show at home or in your local colony. The Raam Leela ( puppet style)will be a big hit.
More crafts on Ramayana here  

Make a super cute TP Roll Ravana

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Or  set up a Huge Ravana Photo Prop – complete with a fake mustache & ten heads
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I love these puppet sets 

Ramayan puppet set from Hamara Nischay [ Available on Amazon India Only ]
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Toiing Craftoi Raavan – 3D DIY Paper Craft Kit [ Available on Amazon India Only ]

DIY Ravan Puppet Craft 2

This adorable puppet was a great hit at home. Perfect for storytelling sessions and parent-child craft session. Plus the Ravana is adorable and not at all scary! Check out my Instagram IGTV where I showed the step by step of assembling it. 

Buy it Here – Amazon India 

 

Books about Dussehra, Navratri & Durga Puja

Celebrate Durga Puja With Me – Shoumi Sen

Durga Puja Cover

Written in poetry with beautiful illustrations to match, “Celebrate Durga Puja With Me!” is part of the series “From The Toddler Diaries” and captures the excitement of this festival as seen from a child’s perspective.

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In this delightful story, author Shoumi Sen walks us through how and why Durga Puja is celebrated. For a child, it means new clothes, meeting up with friends, enjoying delicious ‘bhog’, and making memories that will last a lifetime. Highly recommended for ages 3 and above.

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/302m9nn
Amazon India: https://amzn.to/2RU3mpO
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3cq5YFp
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32609886-celebrate-durga-puja-with-me

 

We have some more nice books for you to read with your child
 
Celebrate Dussehra Durga Puja

Celebrate!: Dussehra & Durga Puja

Why we celebrate Durga Puja and Dussehra – the myths and legends of the festival. Plus: 20 fun things to do during Dussehra and Durga Puja

Ved Friends Dussehra

Ved And Friends Celebrate Dussehra And Diwali Paperback

‘Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali’ is the first book of the series. In this book, you will find fun short stories about * Navratri * Golu * Durga Puja * Goddess Lakshmi * The Story of Ram, Sita and Ravan* * The Pandavs * Naraka Chaturdashi * King Mahabali * Kali Puja * * Goverdhan Puja * Bhai Dooj * Ashoka Vijaya Dashami in Buddhism * * Diwali in Jainism * Bandi Chhor Diwasin Sikhism *

 

Amma Tell me about Books

 

 

Amma Tell Me about Durga Puja! – Bhakti Mathur

I discovered Bhakti Mathur’s Books when I was searching for books that introduce Indian mythology to kids. The Amma Tell Me About series hit the right spot and Durga Puja Book too doesn’t disappoint. The illustrations are eye-catching and the two-fold story of Durga- the celebration and how Durga came into being is enlightening. Kids will love the story of Durga and Mahishasura! A must-read for all young girls and boys who are interested in mythology and/or stories of woman power!

Buy on Amazon India 

Buy on Amazon USA

Amma, Tell Me About Ramayana! – Bhakti Mathur

“Amma, Tell me about Ramayana”, the author, Bhakti Mathur has managed to capture this epic story very simply in about 20 odd pages. Bhakti always narrates her story in short rhymes which strike a chord with the children instantly.

Buy on Amazon India

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Dussehra Golu Ideas

In Karnataka, We keep a Golu at home – It’s a multi-step setup decorated with dolls. Many depict Indian Mythological characters and stories. It’s a complex structure and we love visiting friends who keep them.
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My dearest friend, Arthi Anand, author of the kids’ bestseller ‘Rangannair?t=tellatalecom 21&l=as2&o=31&a=9350463741‘ and Founder of ‘Arts Tales With Arthi Anand’, posted this lovely explanation on Facebook and I’m sharing it here with her permission.

Via Arts tales with Arthi Anand

Navaratri Golu is a doll festival that gets the entire family together in a flurry of activity.

Lofts & Storage spaces are emptied of cartons/ bags holding precious dolls.
Why would you do that to the dolls instead of keeping them accessible to play?
Read on to know more….

What is Golu/ Kolu/ Bombe Habba?

Golu/ Kolu/ Bombe Habba is celebrated across four of the Southern states- TN, Andhra, Telangana, and Karnataka. Not all celebrate it though since it is as tedious as it is fun, to set up, maintain, pack and unpack all these dolls, not to mention have space to store them. Also, it is believed once you begin the tradition, it needs to be continued each year, at least in a token way.

Why is it celebrated?  

Traditionally, Kolu, the doll festival provided more opportunities for craftsmen- potters, sculptors, handicraft makers to express their creativity. In ancient India, it is said that a king came up with the festival to ensure that unoccupied temple sculptors could put their talent to use and earn a livelihood. Some believe that the festival assisted the desilting of irrigation canals and riverbeds, by raising the demand for soft clay for doll making. And today, it continues to be an important occasion for socializing for women and promotes creativity in the family. And as for the religious significance – it is that of celebrating the Devi and the triumph of good over evil.

How are the Golu steps & the dolls placed? 

Just prior to Navaratri, a step shelf is set up, with an odd number of racks ( Kolu Padi), using metal/ wooden planks. Creativity is employed in making steps using existing furniture, books, and carton boxes, and all of this is coaxed into a proportionate and stable structure. After the steps have been covered with sarees/ dhotis/ other fabric/ paper ( no mean task, like wrapping a giant Jenga tower) the stage is set.

On Day 1 the Kalash (holy pot/ kumb) with fresh water, a coconut, and mango leaves is prepared and set on the shelf, often the uppermost or the lowermost one. Then the dolls are organized with much enthusiasm and debate. The optimal doll placement is discussed, the order of the Dashavatar is challenged ( and googled) and resolved.

Sort of like the hierarchy of needs/ evolution, the Gods are placed at the topmost level ( including a Dasavtar, Rama family, and Ashtalakshmis). This is followed by royals, leaders, and thinkers, making way for common daily life scenes in the form of art & culture- dance/music concert sets, schools and weddings, local vendors and businesses ( Chettiar Bommais are very typical) and agriculture & related produce, and finally animals/insects at the lowest level. Sprouted grains/ legumes are used to depict the farmlands on a side display.

Golus may follow a theme and the exhibits depict myths and stories out of Ramayan/ Mahabharat or even a scene from a recent journey the family has been on. These dioramas are quite fascinating and educational.

In TN the mandatory dolls are the “Marappacchi Couple”, a pair of a male and a female doll, gifted at a girl’s wedding by her parents. The dolls can be dressed up each year before occupying their place in the Golu.

Earlier most dolls were made from clay and then paper mache. Now they come in all sorts of materials and styles. While handicrafts ( from Kondapalli, Chennapatna, Mysore, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, nowadays Orissa, Bengal and Rajasthani vendors also sell their wares pre Golu ) are preferred, there is no dearth of machine-made dolls, from Barbie to Transformers to Chota Bheem.

Like any festival, Golu also has evolved as per the family’s beliefs and convenience. But typically, ladies and children get invited to enjoy the display, sing songs, enjoy the eats of course and collect a goody bag.

What do you do when you go visit a house that keeps Golu? 

Adults and children look forward to the chundal/ sundal prasad (which is made of legumes such as channa, peas, peanuts usually soaked, boiled, and seasoned) and compare notes on the size of the collection and which aunty made the yummier one. Rather like Halloween. The treats also include traditional sweets and fruits. Women are given betel leaves & nuts, coconuts, flowers, bangles, haldi -kumkum.

As a guest, you will fit in well and be appreciated if you dress up in traditional clothes and sing a classical bhajan or any spiritual song or play an instrument. A visitor need not carry any gift, but a small ethnic item to add to the display or some fruits are always welcome.

Which days are the most important in Navratri Golu? 

Among the various festivities, three days are of greater importance.

  • On Ayudha pooja (worship and thanksgiving to tools, implements, and vehicles) machines and technology are worshipped, especially in factories.
  • On Saraswati Puja, books and music/ dance aids are worshipped.
  • The next day Vijayadasami, marks happy beginnings and children often begin their education symbolically with the father/ family elder on that day.

Try and visit the Golu, in the late evening, on any of these days.

On the tenth and last day, the Golu dolls are symbolically made to sleep and packed lovingly and shall enjoy the rest, till the next year.

 

Navratri Special Neivedyan recipes

Navratri Special Neivedyan recipes and Sundal Recipes are a must for Navratri .. I love subbuskitchen for yummy traditional recipes.
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Dussehra Toys to gift

My Nephews are big Hanuman Fans, Over the years I have gifted a few toys that have been very popular

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Hope you enjoyed the roundup. Do leave a comment with a link to your Dussehra posts. I’d love to check them out and share 🙂

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    Regard,
    Archana

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