Lord Krishna’s birthday is called Janmashtami and his birth is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm. In this festival people engage in prayers, sing songs, do fast for the day and after 12 at night ( the birth time of Krishna), celebrate his birth with sweets. Children are always curious to know in detail about festivals so this year do some innovative things with kids and educate them too about the festival. Checkout some creative activities you can perform with them:
Dress up like Radha-Krishna
This activity is ever green! At schools children are always asked to come dressed as Krishna and Radha.
Decorating Dahi Handi
Dahi Handi is important in this festival as Krishna loved eating Makhan (Butter) stored in this pot. He also did many mischievous acts and tried to eat it unnoticed by his mother. Decorating the Dahi Handi you can tell your kids stories behind it.
Krishna always had flute with him and everybody loved its music. Help children decorate it with colorful sheets, stickers, feathers etc.
Matki Phod competition for kids
Plan it indoors itself. Get children break the Dahi Handi and instead of buttermilk you can fill it with sweets. It would be an interesting game you can plan with children at home.
Create a Krishna village scene
Relating to the past life of Lord Krishna, you can make his village scene where he lived. Describe kids about it and its significance. Also don’t forget to make jhulas (swing) for Bal Gopal.
Krishna Jhula decoration
On this festival, a statue of baby Krishna is placed in a swing decorated with flowers. Help kids decorate the jhula with colorful papers, sparkles, flowers etc. Tell them why it is decorated.
Help children make Rangoli at the doorstep. Usually rice flour & water mixture is used for it and small footsteps are made as it is considered auspicious this day as it is said to bring lots of happiness.
Janmashtami peacock crown making
Lord Krishna’s constant accessory is a peacock feather in his hair. Teach kids to make a peacock crown and tell them the story behind why the god always has a peacock feather as his accessory. It is believed that peacocks were mesmerized with the tune of Krishna’s flute and dropped many divine feathers at his feet. He thus accepted them and placed a few of them on his turban.
Janmashtami Greeting Card
Help kids draw pictures of Krishna, his flute, and stick peacock feathers etc to make a Janmashtami card. They can exchange it with friends. It is a good idea to engage them and help improve their art skills too