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3 Easy DIY Crafts For Your Ball Of Sunshine

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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. 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

  • 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.

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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

  • 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

  • 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

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.

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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.

 

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