More Craft Ideas from India
(or actually dipa lamps)
Make these out of clay. Make a small flat bowl with a lip on one end,
coil the wick and add oil to cover the wick (vegetable or corn oil will
work). Light the wick and place the lamp on a windowsill, roof top, walkways,
etc. Lamp can be painted with tempera paints after it is dry.
(I don't know the proper name)
Men on a Stick
In India these are made of bamboo. The trunk/head are cut out of one
piece. The arms and legs are each made of two pieces of bamboo which are
'tacked' together with stitches and then tacked to the torso. The man is
then attached to a skewer. The skewer is twirled and the little man dances.
Can make a similar item using heavy paper and butterfly pins.
Many houses are decorated in India with bright coloured chalk 'pictures'
in front of their house. This is called Rangoli. They are made to welcome
the goddess Laxmi who brings good luck and prosperity. The pattern is not
drawn but 'sprinkled' by rubbing the powder between the thumb and forefinger.
You could have the girls draw designs using coloured chalk. I know its
not exactly the same, but close.
This is origami - the pattern should be available through your library.
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Red Willow Creek District, Aurora
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