What is more fun than a party? A themed party! I thought that it would be a great idea to teach the kids and their friends a bit of India through a party.
Everything will be related to this great country (food, games, decorations, music) and the kids will learn having fun!
So to start from the decorations, here are some very nice ideas from Bird’s party :
Invitation cards with a blue elephant or the Taj Mahal…
Source. Bird’s party
And paper plates, banners, flowers, all in these fantastic colors! You can buy them on her online shop and print them out on stock paper…done!
Source. Bird’s party
For the food I thought we will have:
- Coconut Ladoos
- Mango ice cream
- Papaya, mango, bananas
- Cashews and peanuts
And to drink:
- Coconut water
- Mango lassi
Here below our recipe of the coconut Ladoos (very easy to make with kids):
- One can of condensed milk
- One package of 200 grams of coconut powder
- 60 grams of sugar
- 2-3 teaspoons of cardamom
Mix all together (only 150 grams of coconut powder) and cook in microwave for around 4 minutes (give it a stir in the middle) or until you see the mixture solidifies.
Let it cool for a while then form little balls and roll them in the remaining coconut powder: let the kids do it; it is big fun for them!
As a Craft, I thought that it would be nice to make some Diwali candles, so that the kids get the opportunity to learn about this festival very important for all the Hindus.
We have made them last November and it was pretty easy. Check them out on Scrambled Nest.
There is no party without games, so for our Bollywood party we are planning to do:
- Disco stop with Bollywood music
- Cricket in the garden (if nice weather) or Chess tournament ( as the game of chess was invented in India)
To end the party, I am planning a nice Entertainment: a shadow puppets’ show! I have found on the website of the Canadian Museum of History, these puppets from the Ramayana which you can print out and use to tell this love story known to all the children in India. Click here to read the story and download the images: Ramayana shadow puppets.
Source. Canadian Museum of History.
I really think that this will be a very exciting party!
This post is part of our new series Global Learning for Kids. Each month we will feature a country and host a link party to collect all the various posts people about teaching kids about that country–crafts, books, lessons, recipes, etc. It will create a one-stop place full of information about the country.
This month we are learning all about India, so link up below any old or new posts designed to teach kids on India–crafts, books, lessons, recipes, music, and more!