Holi happiness

The Festival of Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India. People dress in white before taking to the streets where they throw paint and colours over each other. Children squirt coloured water and revel in being able to cover their parents and other adults in bright colours. Have a look at our beautiful crafts below.


This multi-coloured elephant makes a striking decoration and is perfect to explore the Indian festival of Holi with children.

The basic shape can be richly embellished with a variety of bright colours and materials, and it's a great chance for children to experiment with creating layers of pattern and colour. 

Manipulating fabrics, paintbrushes, buttons and sequins all support the development of essential fine motor skills, too.

You will need:

  • Thick card
  • A pen
  • A tray or large plate
  • A cup
  • Felt, ribbon, sequins, fabric scraps, buttons, gift wrap etc.
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue or double-sided tape


1.Draw round a circular tray or large plate onto thick card for the elephant's body shape. Draw in the trunk and an upside down "U" for the legs. Draw round a cup for the ear. Carefully cut out the pieces.

2. Paint the elephant's body and ear and leave them to dry. Add a second coat of paint if you need to.

3. Decorate the elephant with pieces of fabric, patterned paper, sequins and ribbon. Glue the elephant’s ear onto the body.

Top tip: Double-sided sticky tape is a quick way to attach fabric and ribbon
to the elephant.


Rangoli collage

Rangoli patterns are traditionally made in chalk or sand at the main entrance of the home to bring good luck. This simplified method uses cut-out shapes for making collage designs. It’s a great way to introduce mathematical concepts and for children to learn about shapes and symmetry.

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • Coloured chalks


1. Cut out a selection of geometric shapes from coloured paper. Include a larger sized circle and squares and some matching smaller triangles, squares, diamonds, circles and petal shapes.

2. Glue the shapes onto a piece of background paper, starting with a bigger sized circle or square in the middle.

3. Build up the Rangoli pattern by gluing the smaller shapes onto the background. Try to arrange the shapes so they are
evenly spaced, keeping the design symmetrical.

4. Finish the Rangoli with chalk patterns. You could add outlines around the shapes, spiral decorations and fill the corners with chalk doodles.

When you use the chalk, cover the design with a piece of paper to stop the patterns smudging.


Areas of learning

These activities support the following areas of learning.

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development (England)

Personal and social development, wellbeing and cultrual diversity (Wales)

Mathematics (England)

Mathematical development (Wales)

Understanding the world (Engand)

Knowledge and understanding of the world (Wales)

Expressive arts and design (England)

Creative development (Wales)