This week we have introduced Diwali in to the toddler room to widen the children’s knowledge and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds. Diwali is celebrated amongst the Hindu culture and is one of the most important festivals of the calendar year.
Diwali is also referred to as ‘The Festival of Light’; it is a five day festival that involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali, all celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.
We have introduced Diwali into the Toddler room by talking to the children about Diwali and showing them pictures of original traditions within the Hindu culture. We have also allowed the children to get messy and creative through making their own tea light holders using salt dough and decorating them with neon paint and glitter.
For our display the toddlers have also created their own Diwali flowers by collaging using colourful tissue paper, whilst making the flowers Harrison was trying to copy the sounds of the different colours he had heard, repeatedly trying to say ‘pink’. Bertie went up to the display this morning pointed at it and said ‘flower’ recognising and feeling proud of the work that he has produced.
The Toddlers are currently creating Rangoli steps for the entrance of the Toddler room. This involves using bright chalks on black cards to create colourful patterns. During this activity Thomas said “I’m making a step for outside” whilst smiling. Both parents and children have been invited to stand on our Rangoli steps and to take a look at the display and other impressive artwork the children have been so busy working on this week.
We have many more exciting activities planned for the rest of the week including dressing up in traditional Hindu clothes and making Diwali cards for the children to take home. We will be celebrating Diwali as a nursery on Monday 4th November. We have to say a hug thank you to Issie’s mummy who has donated a genuine Hindu costume for the children to dress up in.