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Indian crafts and arts surround us. They’re everywhere – cutlery, doorstep, napkins, courtyards, walls. But the surprising part is that it still doesn’t trickle down into our children’s activities, be it at school or home (unless of course, it is a particular festival or ethnic day).

While you can focus on the bigger picture here (of your kid learning more about the country’s rich culture and handiwork), the learning opportunities are unmistakable as well and also take care of personal hygiene for kids. Stated below are a few easy handicrafts and arts that you can teach your little ball of sunshine when you are holed up at home:

Easy DIY Craft Ideas

Pot Painting

What better way to have your child connect with the earth than by creating designs on earthen pots!  Also, did you know that pottery is arguably one of the more ancient works of men, dating back to the Neolithic age? You can start with a little context; tell your kid about the more traditional pots from Gujarat and how they’re distinct from the blue mud pots of Rajasthan.

What you’d need

  • Clay pot
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Brushes of different sizes

How to do it

  • Step#1: Wash the pot
  • Step#2: Use sandpaper to smoothen the clay. This should take care of uneven bumps and creases
  • Step#3: Use acrylic paint to create some designs
  • Step#4: The brushes should help you with any final detailing
  • Step#5: Keep the pot out in the sun to let it dry

Toran

You’d know that certain Asian and African societies hang busts or masks in front of their main doors to ward off any evil. The toran – a decorative garland usually made with mango leaves – typical to the Indian subcontinent, is reported to have antimicrobial properties. This is a common sight, particularly in the southern half of the country, during festivities.

Don’t think it much if you cannot get mango leaves. The toran can be made with beads or sheets of papers as well.

What you’d need

  • Mango leaves (or other leaves with stalks, beads, or sheets of paper, preferably coloured)
  • Thick string

How to do it

  • Step#1: Take around 15 mango leaves, fold each and punch a hole in it, using the stalk
  • Step#2: Repeat the same for the bunch
  • Step#3: Use the string to tie the leaves together through the hole
  • Step#4: Hang it at the front door 

Block Printed Napkins

Block prints from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are famous across the globe. Arguably one of the oldest methods to create designs on textiles and fabric, Indian block prints are generally inspired by nature, consisting of flower, plant or animal motifs.

What you’d need

  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Hot glue
  • Napkin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam board (preferably 3 mm)
  • Piece of wood

How to do it

  • Step#1: Select a pattern
  • Step#2: On the 3mm foam board, create the chosen design using the marker
  • Step#3: Use the hot glue so that the models adhere to the wood board. Remember that while doing so, the images will appear in reverse. Therefore, try sticking the patterns in reverse for them to look like what you have in mind
  • Step#4: The block is now ready. Choose the colour to acrylic paint the foam
  • Step#5: Put the impressions on the napkin, and let it dry before use

Paper bag monster puppets

Puppet shows in India have originated from different parts of the country with States like Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka taking the lead. Puppetry tales span from depicting the mythological tales adorned with characters that are dressed in vibrant coloured attires to realistic emotion-filled faces. So, why not indulge your kids into making some cute puppets and let them bring out the storyteller in them.

What you’d need

  • Paper lunch bag
  • Acrylic paint
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloured paper
  • Circle punches

How to do it

  • Step#1: Take the paper bag and paint in on both sides with your favourite colour. Let it dry completely.
  • Step#2: Take coloured paper, glue, scissors, markers, and everything else on the list to make a paper bag monster.
  • Step#3: Make eyes, horns, teeth, ears, and funny expressions. Use your imagination to do it.

Paper Plate Fish

Kids love to explore new things and are always curious to learn. Aquatic animals are one of their most liked beings, and it will be fun to have them make one of those. Here is a simple tutorial about a paper plate fish. Let them indulge in making one of their most liked things.

What you’d need

  • Paper plate
  • Glitter
  • Cardstock coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft paint (Blue)
  • Foam brush
  • Googly eyes (maybe a bit tricky to find)

How to do it

  • Step#1: Take the paper plate and paint it in blue colour. Let it dry.
  • Step#2: Cut out a triangle from the plate and join it on the other side and make a tail.
  • Step#3: Cut the two-coloured fins and glue them on the two opposite ends of the plate.
  • Step#4: Cut 20 circles of 1-inch diameter each of different colours. Apply glue on all of them and sprinkle glitter on it.
  • Step#5: Fold these circles in half and glue them on the side on the plate to make fins. Also, fix the googly eyes.

Fire Breathing Dragon

Hypothetical beings like dragons have always been a part of children’s books and TV shows in India. And kids have always been excited to see them on TV. So, why not help them learn how to make those fire breathing dragons by themselves at home.

What you’d need

  • Paper roll
  • 2 Pom poms of 1 inch
  • 2 pom poms of ⅜ inch
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Scrap tissue paper.
  • Googly eyes

How to do it

  • Step#1: Take the construction paper and cut it as wide and as long as the paper roll. Apply glue on the paper, line it with the paper roll, and cover the paper roll with the paper.
  • Step#2: Glue the larger pom poms near one end of the paper roll and smaller pom poms near the other end.
  • Step#3: Fix googly eyes on larger pom poms.
  • Step#4: Cut some strips of 9-10 inches from scrap tissue paper and glue their one end inside the paper roll. Let it dry.
  • Step#5: Your fire breathing dragon is ready.

Clothespin Dragonflies

Dragonflies are one of those insects that kids love to watch and catch. They are really surprised to see those beings fly. And if your kid is fond of art, you can teach them how to make these quirky, swift, and coloured dragonflies right at your home. Here is a step by step tutorial for it!

What you’d need

  • 2 Pipe cleaners
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Clothespin
  • Glue
  • Pain

How to do it

  • Step#1: Let your kid paint stripes with paint on a clothespin.
  • Step#2: Fix the googly eyes on the front of the clothespin with glue.
  • Step#3: Take the pipe cleaner and bend them towards the middle to form a criss-cross design.
  • Step#4: Put these inside the clothespin, and it is done. They look cute, don’t they!!!

Paper Rainbow

Rainbows are not only meant to beautify the sky, but they also teach us that after every storm, there is a moment of peace and tranquillity. It is one of the most beautiful things in nature. So, tell your little ones about it, and one of the best ways to do it is by indulging them in an art and craft session.

What you’d need

  • Coloured Construction Paper (colours of rainbow and white)
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Marker
  • Glue
  • Paint

How to do it

  • Step#1: Cut two clouds out of white paper and seven strips of all the seven colours of the rainbow.
  • Step#2: Glue all the stripes of different colours on one side of the cloud.
  • Step#3: Attach the googly eyes on the other side and make a smiley just in the centre of the cloud below the eyes. Use it to decorate your home.

In conclusion

Children are the most impressionable. Experts say then when a child first learns to create art or craft with Indian designs and motifs; it automatically opens up avenues for him/her to learn more about the country’s social customs and traditions.

Also, when your kid gets to see the result of his/her attempts, he/she would value the process even more, and carry the experience of having created something at such a tender age, later into life.

How to make easy DIY crafts?

It is extremely easy to make DIY crafts. The making process involves just cutting and pasting various craft elements like construction paper, coloured paper, markers, glue, and many other elements based on the project you are working on. It is a nice way to keep your kids involved while also nurturing them with knowledge about the elements in their daily life

How to make handicraft things at home?

The process of making handicraft things at home is the same as above. The thing that is different about craftwork at home is that you can use your non-required items at home to create things. Moreover, one can also teach their little kids how to use simple items to make something attractive and creative. It will boost their power of creativity.

How to do craftwork?

You just need to gather the required things to do the craftwork like glue, scissors, markers, colours, etc. Post this, just follow the instructions to make the craft item. However, the process of making every craft is different. If we talk about kids, one can help their kids in making these craft items at first and let them learn with time.

What is the easiest craft to learn?

Well, there are different types of crafts. The question is if you are interested in doing it. If we talk about the crafts mentioned above, one of the easiest crafts is the paper rainbow craft. The easiest craft can also be considered as the one that has fewer requirements like less time and less number of things.

What are some fun DIY projects?

There are many fun DIY projects. Some of them are mentioned above in detail, and some of the others are: Flower lights Opaque striped vases, DIY Jellyfish, DIY tissue box, Paper Bracelets, Help your kids analyze the various colors of the world with these DIY crafts. These will not only keep them busy but will also help in their brain development.

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