make a diwali diya

A diya is an oil lamp that is usually made from clay and is used to celebrate Indian festivals particularly the Hindu festival of Diwali. This simple craft project to make a Diwali diya is a great way for children to learn about the festival with opportunity to get creative.


Air hardening clay

Ready mix paint

Flameless tea lights

To Make the Diwali Diya

Diya 1a1. Using a piece of air hardening clay, shape to form a hollow dish in which a tea light candle will fit.

diwali diya how to

2. The diya can then be decorated by sticking on pieces of clay or marking the clay using a tool. The clay will then need to be left to harden.

make a diwali diya

3. The clay can be painted using ready mix paint so that it looks bright and colourful. Clear varnish can also be used.

Diwali Diya

4. Once the paint has dried put the flameless tea light into the diya.

EYFS Learning Goals Supported by This Project

Communication and language development

ELG01: listening and development

ELG02 : understanding

ELG03: speaking

Physical Development

ELG04: moving and handling co-ordination

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

ELG06: self-confidence and self awareness 

Mathmatics Development

ELG13: shape, space and measures

Understanding the World

ELG13: people and communities

ELG14: the world

Expressive Arts and Design

ELG16: exploring and using media and materials

How will you be celebrating Diwali with your children?

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