DIY activities for toddlers- Diwali Paper Lanterns

Tradesmen are busy people

You have been trying to get your dripping tap for weeks and your plumber has been playing truant, promising you all the time he is almost at your doorstep but some ‘urgent’ work has come up in the meantime. When the sound of the dripping tap and the thought of wasting all that precious water has fairly driven you up the wall, you decide enough is enough.


Do It Yourself

You turn to, you guessed it, Google, the go-to person for everything from how to fix a dripping tap in 5 easy steps to making a paper lantern for your child for Diwali. A helpful step-by-step procedure and an infographic listing the essential items to learn your new trade of plumbing and you are good to go. After a few trials and lots of errors, you finally manage to fix the leaky pipe. The satisfaction derived from taking on a challenge and doing it well, you realize, is immense.


Festival of Lights

Diwali is the most popular of all the festivals in India and signifies the victory of good over evil. It is a time to meet family and friends, exchange gifts and burst firecrackers. During Diwali, every house is lit up with traditional diyas, decorative lights and paper lanterns to signify the move away from darkness and towards light. So what does the concept of DIY have to do with the festival of lights?


Get Your Kids to be Creative

Getting your kids to do something creative is a good way to keep them engaged during Diwali holidays. It is also a good way to spend some quality time with your kids. It will not only help them to get creative but will also teach them about the value of money and that, self help is best help. Paper lanterns or Aakash Kandils offer exciting possibilities to do just that.


Paper lanterns symbolize the spirit of Diwali and every household keeps one. Aakash Kandil making competitions are held during Diwali to encourage kids to get creative. They respond by coming up with some amazing concepts. There is no better time to get your kids off those electronic gadgets and introduce them to the exciting and creative world of paper art.


If you are looking for great ideas and concepts and a step by step guide to make your work easier, google for it and there are some really good resources on the web to get you started.

The end result is as stunning as making it is simple. Have a joyous Diwali!