Cartoon Rangoli to introduce a traditional Indian Art form to kids

In India on most festive occasions, we decorate the entrance to our home with coloured art on the ground. The patterns usually include flowers, diyas (tea lights), peacocks and more. Here we give it a little kiddy twist with their favourite cartoon character, Mickey Mouse Rangoli (colour art on the ground).

Age: 5+

Things you will need to make this Cartoon Rangoli

-Different coloured powders.
-Use Organic colours. Turmeric powder for Orange colour, Mehendi (Henna) powder for Green fun, Custard Powder for Yellow shade, Sindoor for Red, Coffee powder for Brown and white flour.
-One big round bowl, one small round bowl.

Step 1: In 5 bowls put a tbsp of flour each to make the base of the colours.

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Step 2: Now add 1 1/2 tbsp of different colours in the bowl. Turmeric for orange, Mehendi for green, Custard for yellow, Sindoor for pink (add more if you want to make red) and Coffee for brown colour.

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Step 3: Now that you have the colours ready, chose your canvas on the floor for the Cartoon Rangoli, somewhere near the entrance, but off to one side so it does not get walked over.

Step 4: Place the big round bowl upside down on the floor. Trace its outline with your choice of colour.

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Step 5: Now place the smaller bowl, again upside down, to make the right ear.

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Step 6: Repeat for the left ear.

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Step 7: Make the smile with a bright colour.

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Step 8: Make a small oval nose of your Cartoon Rangoli.

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Step 9: Make two bigger ovals to make the eyes.

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Step 10: Fill in with small eye balls. Your Mickey Mouse Rangoli is ready.

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Benefits: Making home-made colours, teaches kids the advantages of making things from scratch that are safe and reliable. Also the use of things like coffee, turmeric and custard powder helps them learn to be imaginative and resourceful. Making the rangoli with bowls will also teach them technique and creativity.

Hope you enjoyed this activity. For more such simple yet creative activities to keep children engaged we hope to see you hear time and again.

About Charu Chhitwal

Writer and founder of KetchupMoms, I am an ex-advertising professional trying to find humour in losing my sanity to my twins. I like to find a story or weave it. Imagine a bus stop in love with a bus, yes even stories that sound this bizarre. I love traveling, food, books, movies, photography and writing.

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