Top Diwali resources for EYFS and primary

Nicola Davison
04th October 2017
Diva lamps celebrating Diwali in the EYFS and primary classrooms

Hand-picked lesson and activity ideas to celebrate the festival of lights with your learners

Diwali, celebrated on Sunday 30 October this year, is one of the biggest events in the Hindu calendar. Marked with lamp-lighting, fireworks and family feasts, this five-day festival commemorates the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil.

Why not recreate the celebrations and explore Diwali traditions with your class using these popular resources? From introductory presentations to themed cross-curricular activities, we’ve got you covered.

EYFS and KS1 resources

What is the festival of lights and how do people across the world celebrate it?  Allow younger learners to discover the story of the Diwali and capture its main themes with the help of these imaginative resources.

Rama and Sita the first Diwali

A very simple version of the story for FS & KS1
By wendyjrowe

Diwali Activity Pack for EYFS/KS1

Everything you need is included in this pack to tackle Diwali!
Pack includes the story of Princess Sita and Prince Rama.
Follow on worksheets included for all the class (differentiated sheets included for the less able).
A huge pack of 91 pages - classwork, discussion cards, worksheets and display materials!

Check out the preview!
By PollyPuddleduck

Sequencing the story of Rama and Sita (Diwali)

These are worksheets for sequencing and retelling the simplified story of Rama and Sita. The LA/MA sheet is already sequenced and children need to write sentences to go with the picture and the MA/HA sheet just has pictures which children need to cut out and sequence before retelling. Hope it helps!
By bethbeech

Diwali Song

Written by my class when I was in Year 2 a few years back. Sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle
By hanaprice

Diwali Counting

A very simple counting powerpoint linked to diwali - children are asked to count the diva lamps which are alight.

By kniemma

Diwali Flashcard Story

This resource is a simplified story of Diwali.

The pages come in flashcard size so you can either use as flashcards - one per day to break up the story or put together as a small book and you read to the class/students read individually.

17 pages/flashcards in total.

Lots of fun, bright clipart to keep students engaged.

Perfect for a special needs/autistic class or pre-k/k
By TeachingAutism

KS2 resources

From creative tasks to themed maths lessons, here are plenty of ways to bring Diwali celebrations into the classroom.  Introduce pupils to conventional customs before learning about rangoli patterns, or why not get creative in the kitchen by making traditional barfi sweets with these innovative ideas? 

Diwali PowerPoint

A Powerpoint display introducing Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita. Also includes a link to an animated cartoon of a Hindu boy talking about Diwali. Nice and colourful!
By Carly Turrall

Diwali – Candle Display Mats

A fun, effective art activity for your students when celebrating Diwali (The Festival of Lights).

Colour, cut and place a tealight candle in the centre. Laminate if desired.

♦ 4 x templates with a design
♦ 1 x blank template (students design their own pattern)

Approximately 16.5cm in diameter.

Provided in 2 paper sizes:
♦ A4 paper
♦ Letter paper


© Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
By swelch_resources

Maths in Diwali

A lesson about the Hindu festival of Diwali, with the integration of probability, shape, and transformations. The peacock pattern can be used to help get students started on designing their own Rangoli pattern as well as cater for SEN students who do not cope well with drawing/colouring. Feedback welcomed
By rishna_s

Designing Diwali Candle Holder

I used this PowerPoint to introduce the design and making of clay Diwali candle holders
By shelaghlouise

Diwali Maths PowerPoint(Yr 5/6)

This colourful and animated resource combines the celebration of Diwali with 4 Maths activities based on ratio and proportion. It is aimed at year 5/6. The first activity involves Rangoli Patterns revealing 16 ratios to be simplified. The following problems, Fireworks, Lights and Sweets involve problem solving skills. In Sweets a recipe is given for 9 and the ingredients increased for 18, 45, 81 and 108. In lights there are 114 lights and you have to identify how many of each type in the ratio of 1:2:3. Finally the Fireworks problem introduces money, working out how many fireworks are purchased for £24.80. There are 3 types costing different amounts.
By Susan Byrne


Recipe for Barfi, an easy-to-make, traditional Diwali sweet.
By TES_Community

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