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The pot-bellied Lord Ganesha is worshipped above all the Gods in India and Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for 10 days in all parts of India with great delight. People from all walks of life welcome Ganpati Bappa in their homes, offices and even public places. Kids, especially, eagerly welcome the elephant trunk Lord shouting their new jingles and slogans. The little ones gather their decorations and are excited to taste the pot potpourri of mithais as Prasad.
Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and this is the right time to involve your child in the celebrations and teach her festive values. So, here we are, with a few ideas to make this Ganesh Chaturthi an unforgettable experience for your little ones.
Go green! Sculpt your own Ganesha idols!
Are you still bringing home the harmful plaster of Paris idols coated with dangerous chemical paints that damage the environment? Go green and experience the excitement of crafting an Eco-friendly idol to worship along with your children. If you are unable to make one, do ensure you buy only Eco-Friendly idols. Go on and celebrate an eco-friendly Ganesha Chathurthi!
Tickle your taste buds
It’s time to welcome the sweet-toothed Bappa with his favorite mithais. Does your child seem disinterested in the regular motichoor and besan laddoos? Then get innovative and experiment with some delicious unusual recipes with your little one. Here is a 3-step Chocolate Coconut Ladoo, which is a huge hit among kids!
- Add 2 cups shredded coconut and a cup of melted milk chocolate in a mixing bowl
- Top it up with nuts of your choice.
- Roll them into ladoos and freeze for 2 hours.
Chocolate Coconut Ladoos are ready! Gorge and relish!
Decorate your place of worship
We all agree that the kids are always thrilled to deck up the throne, pooja thalis, and everything around to make their Ganesha dazzle. Ditch the harmful plastic accessories this festive season. The little crafters love to show off their handmade embellishments to their friends and relatives.
Therefore, engage them in environment-friendly rangoli, flower décor, paper ribbons, and bows. And do not waste too much on lighting; instead, go for scented candles or try this DIY Twine Lantern to light up the pooja room!
- Blow a balloon to medium size.
- Apply adhesive glue with a brush on all sides of the balloon.
- Wrap a bundle of twine on the balloon and let dry.
- Then burst the balloon with a pin and your twine lantern is ready for use.
Mimic a story, read a book!
Read books and share stories of Ganpati Bappa’s childhood and youth, his unconditional love and explain how He is the remover of obstacles. Encourage them to role play or enact as the characters of the stories for a better understanding among the kids.
Exchange information about the festivities, devotion, and celebrations to make it more exciting for kids. You can organize a quiz, crossword, or Q&A after story reading session. All deities are extremely representational, with their various markings, colours, faces, and objects surrounding them holding deep significance and sometimes abstract meaning. Ganesh is all about protection and power and much of his symbolism is related to safeguarding us from life’s physical and subtle obstacles. Convey to the children how it is not just about praying daily, it is about implementing all the above qualities to grow as a human.
Dabble in Ganesha – Arts and Crafts
Worship, Rejoice and share the joy
The family that prays together, stays together – we all know this. Chant some simple Ganesha Shlokas together. You could also do this every day! And what better way to celebrate Ganesha and invoke his blessings than through music and melody? Here are 2 lovely Bhajans that children will love to sing.
End the pooja with this lovely Ganesh Arati song. After the Pooja at home is done, don’t forget to visit ‘Ganesh pandals’ in apartments, localities or different areas nearby. Or you could visit friends and relatives homes to see their Ganesha! Kids love to participate in various games and cultural programs, so you can organize fun competitions that impart knowledge about the festival and devotion to the kids. Alternatively, arranging food distribution, donating cash or kind to the needy can also help light up someone’s festival and life.
See off in style
You can make Ganesh Visarjan fun-filled for your children, but remember to keep the noise levels low. You could immerse your Ganesha in a bucket at home instead too! Teach them to be conscious of the environment and the people around us even while celebrating!
Ganpati Bappa Morya! Agle baras tu jaldi aa!!