Crafty Ways to Celebrate Holi With Kids

Your kids will love these crafty ways to celebrate the color and culture of India's Holi Festival.

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer Perkins

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer Perkins

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Photo By: Jennifer M. Ramos

Welcome Spring With a DIY Holi Celebration

The Hindu festival of Holi, celebrated throughout India, is also known as the "Festival of Color" because of the tradition of throwing colored powder. It is more than it seems on the surface, though. Throwing the colored powder is symbolic of forgiveness and is a way to welcome spring. Celebrate it with your kids this year to help them learn about different cultures.

More Than Just Throwing Color

Some Indian regions say the tradition is based on folklore that Lord Krishna, a major deity in Hinduism, was a prankster with children. To throw your own celebration, you can buy festival colors here, or make your own.

DIY Holi Powder

You can make your own Holi powder by combining a cup of cornstarch, a few drops of gel food coloring and 1/3 cup water. Mix, and allow to dry. Note: Store-bought powder is more vibrant.

Pichkari - A Tool of the Trade

Often times during Holi, festival-goers bring a pichkari or a water gun. Adding water to the colored powder really makes for a fun, colorful mess. Don't forget the goggles!

Chalk It Up

Powdered sidewalk chalk is a less messy way to play with color. Make it by adding water to the throwing powder until you get the right consistency. Give the kids paintbrushes so they can create their works of art.

Multi-Colored Cupcakes

Kids can't be expected to celebrate the first day of spring on an empty stomach. Not exactly traditional fare, these marbled colorful cupcakes are as easy to make as they are fun for kids to eat.

A Festival of Edible Colors

Using store-bought cupcake mix, divide the batter into several small containers. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl, and stir well. Fill cupcake liners with spoonfuls of each color, and bake according to package instructions.

Colorful Crafts

Add more color to the celebration with easy colorful crafts, like these paint-dripped terra-cotta pots.

Let the Good Times Pour

Start with a terra-cotta pot turned upside down on a paper plate. Next, have kids pour acrylic paint onto the pots one color at a time. The drips will naturally create a tie-dye effect.

Celebrating the Arrival of Spring

Allow paint to dry completely, and fill pots with dirt and plants (since we're celebrating spring here) for kids to take home as party favors.

Good, Clean Fun

Another low-mess option for introducing kids to Holi is by making a batch of DIY bath bombs to experiment with. Try our recipe below!

Watch the Video: DIY Bath Bombs

Shaving Cream Paper Dolls

This messy but fun craft involves shaving cream, food coloring and paper dolls you can find at the craft store or cut out of poster board. Begin by filling trays with shaving cream, then smooth the shaving cream with a paint stick. Next, add a few drops of food coloring, and allow the kids to swirl the colors.

Shaving Cream Smash

Once they blend the colors, the kids can smash their paper dolls into the shaving cream. Note: Food coloring will temporarily stain hands.

The Colorful Reveal

Remove the paper doll from the shaving cream, and use a paint stick to scrape away the excess cream. This will reveal paper dolls that look like they've been a part of a Holi celebration.

Colorful Party Favors

Hang the dolls to dry before kids take them home as parting gifts.

Color Your Wardrobe

This fun version of tie-dye is reminiscent of the festival's colored powders. Prepare T-shirts by washing away any sizing. While the shirts are still damp, bind with rubber bands just like traditional tie-dying. Place the shirts on a drying rack, and protect the surface underneath from drips. Now, instead of following the dye's package instructions, have kids shake the dye powder onto the damp shirts to create specks.

Holi T-Shirts

Add ice on top of the shirts once you cover both sides with dye. Allow ice to melt and the dye to sit overnight to create a unique dye pattern. Lastly, wash and dry the shirt before wearing.

The Taste of Holi

Mango lassi is a popular Indian yogurt drink. You can make your own (We recommend this Food Network recipe), or you can buy it at your local Indian grocer. Pour into popsicle molds, and freeze the night before. Serve to guests as a refreshing treat during the party.

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