Top Diwali resources for EYFS and primary

Nicola Davison
05th October 2018
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 Wednesday 7 November 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

Diwali activity

Here are a few prompts to get children ready to write some diary entries for RE lessons. I’ve included a sorting activity, some diary entries to look and a writing prompt sheet.

By asumner2

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 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.

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

Size:
Approximately 16.5cm in diameter.

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


**********************************************************************

© Suzanne Welch Teaching Resources
By swelch_resources

Diwali Maths PowerPoint(Yr 5/6/7)

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 or revision for year 7. Watch the video to see the whole pp. 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

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

Power point on Rangoli in Diwali

This ppt explains why Rangoli is used in Hindu houses during Diwali and shows examples of beautiful creations.
By bhavnabhavsar

The Diwali Gift

Bring the excitement into your classrooms with this tale of adventure. The children can immerse into the cultural experience of celebrating Diwali, with the 3 adorable monkeys, Suno, Dekho and Jaano.

Book is award winning and has 5 Star reviews on Amazon from parents, readers and educators.

"Culturally relevant to kids being raised outside of India"
"Vibrant & Fun depiction of Diwali!"
“A delightful story – and nice to see more ways to engage our youth on the fun within the culture”
“The Diwali Gift is an educational, entertaining and visually appealing children’s book which encourages our young children to celebrate and to learn about different cultures”

Check out more fun resources on 3curiousmonkeys.com

Comes with a fun FREE resources: Diwali: Lesson Plan and 2 Activities

TEACHER-FRIENDLY FEATURES
Teacher tested & approved
Easy prep - just print, cut and staple
Can be used with large or small groups
All student pages use black line clipart
Secure PDF format ensures graphics and text stay in place

STUDENT-FRIENDLY FEATURES
Kid-tested and approved
Engaging graphics for young students
Highly visual and great for English Learners
Can take it home for extra practice


keywords: diwali - diwali activity - nonfiction text - guided reading - reading comprehension - fall activity - october - november - diwali literacy - diwali center - diwali station - diwali book - diwali download - diwali fun - beginner readers - common core - preschool - kindergarten - first grade - Diwali - Deepawali - Festival of lights - Divali - Social science - India - Hinduism - Hindu - Ganesh - Laxmi - Pooja - Holidays of the world - Kindergarternes - Pre-K - First Graders - Hinduism - Sikhism - Buddhism - Jainism - 5 Day celebration - Common Core

#diwali #diwaliactivity #guidedreading #reading comprehension #fallactivity #october #november #diwaliliteracy #diwalicenter #diwalistation #diwalibook #diwalidownload #diwalifun #beginnerreaders #commoncore #preschool #kindergarten #firstgrade #Diwali #Deepawali #Festivaloflights #Divali #Socialscience #India #Hinduism #Hindu #Ganesh #Laxmi #Pooja #Holidays of the world #Kindergarteners #Pre#K #FirstGraders #Hinduism #Sikhism #Buddhism #Jainism #5Daycelebration #Common Core
By 3 Curious Monkeys

Contact us

Visit our forums

Latest education news

New to TES Resources ? Find out more about becoming an author on TES, or dive straight in and start downloading.