I see so many cute Diwali crafts on the net, but it's sometimes a struggle to find crafts that are appropriate for a 1 year old and 3 year old.
We are lucky enough to living in a city with a few South Asian markets, and last year during the post Diwali sales we picked up a few extra diyas. Diyas are tiny oil lamps traditionally made of clay. I thought it would be fun to let the kids decorate them.
We'll put these in our windows the first day of Diwali. If you are using oil or ghee for the lamps I would recommend masking off the inside of the diya. We planing to use electronic tea lights like last year; so I didn't worry about it.
If success is measured on how beautiful the little diyas turned out, then I think this was a craft fail. Here you can see the painted diyas vs the unpainted.
Luckily, we get to measure craft success in smiles.
These little diyas should be on sale at your local South Asian market, if you happen to have one near by. If not, you can even use tiny terracotta pots or saucers which can be found at a craft store. I'm looking forward to using these next year, and hopefully for a few years after that!