Story Time

Diwali: A Cultural Celebration
Submitted by: EHunt, Freeman
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
Seven Blind Mice by:Ed Young
Retells in verse the Indian fable of the blind men discovering different parts of an elephant and arguing about its appearance.
Can You Say Peace? by:Karen Katz
Every September 21 on the International Day of Peace, children around the world wish in many different languages for peace.
My Mother's Sari by:Sandhya Rao
A little girl is fascinated by her mother's sari and finds many uses for it.
One World, One Day by:Barbara Kerley
This beautiful phot book follows the course of one day in our world.
Songs
Old Shoes, New Shoes
*people buy new clothes and jewelry for Diwali

Old shoes, new shoes
-Red shoes-
1, 2, 3, 4
Tapping softly on the floor

Each time you repeat the rhyme add a
-new shoe color-

This works well as a flannelboard when you create different colored felt shoes.


This is the Elephant's Tail
*The elephant is an animal found in India. Can be sung right after reading 'Seven Blind Mice.'

Tune: Mary had a Little Lamb

This is the elephants tail so thin
Tail so thin
Tail so thing
This is the elephants tail so thin
Swish swish swish

-trunk so long...spray spray spray
-feet so big...stomp stomp stomp
-ears so huge...flap flap flap

Use your hands to imitate the different parts of the elephant.
1 Little 2 Little 3 Little Diyas
*Diyas are small lamps lit during Diwali. Pronounced DEE-uh.

1 little, 2 little, 3 little diyas
4 little, 5 little, 6 little diyas
7 little, 8 little, 9 little diyas
10 little diyas all a-glow.
All Around the World
*Diwali is celebrated all around the world.

Tune: Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush

(stretching)
This is the way we wake up early
Wake up early
Wake up early
This is the way we wake up early
All around the world

(mime eating cereal)
This is the way we eat our breakfast

(run in place)
This is the way we run and play

(wave)
This is the way we wave good-bye

(mime sleeping)
This is the way we go to sleep
5 Little Monkeys
*Monkeys are found in India.

5 little monkeys jumping on a bed
1 fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
'No more monkeys jumping on the bed!'

4,3,2,1...

Can be used as an action song or flannelboard.
5 Little Firecrackers
*Firecrackers are set off during Diwali.

5 little firecrackers all in a row
(hold up 5 fingers)
1 gets lit and off it goes
(hold up 1 finger)
It zips up high with a zoom, zoom, zoom
(zip 1 finger around above your head)
Here is goes with a boom, boom, boom
(clap hands 3 times on 'boom')

Can be used as a finger play or flannelboard.
Craft
Rangoli pattern colored with chalk

Print out a rangoli patter (easy to find on internet) and have the children color it in with chalk.

Rangolis (rang-oh-LEEZ) patterns are placed on the ground outside a home. They are created using paint, chalk, sand or colored rice powder. Rangolis are used to welcome guests and bring good luck in the New Year.
Notes
Diwali is a Hindu religious holiday known as the Festival of Lights, begins the East Indian New Year. Hindus believe that Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, visits homes lit by lamps. The work Diwali comes from the word deepavali, which means “row of lamps.” The festival represents the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. The holiday is celebrated in October or November, depending on the lunar calendar.