Learn about Diwali, a Hindu holiday, with your grandchildren and create unique decorations. During Diwali, Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity) is welcomed into the home. Tiny footprints are found around the house to show her arrival. With your grandchildren you can design Lakshmi’s colorful footprints. On while paper, trace and cutout several of your grandchild’s footprints. Decorate with crayons or markers and place around the house. You can play a game “Find Lakashmi’s Footprints”. One person hides the footprints and the others try to find them.
It is believed that Lakashmi cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights. With your grandchildren you can make a lamp from a terra-cotta dish. Use paint or markers to decorate then place a votive candle inside and light. This photo and activity came from a great website www.activityvillage.co.uk