How to Teach Kids About Diwali Using Fun Activities

Indian family in traditional sari celebrate diwali or deepavali

Diwali Activities For Children Indian family in traditional sari celebrate diwali or deepavali at home, little girl hands holding oil lamp with father indoors.

By Anjali Joshi, Education Editor

As a first-generation South Asian Canadian mother, I found that motherhood brought on the unexpected journey of rediscovering my cultural identity. With that came the responsibility of ensuring that my son understood his background and heritage. While diverse school systems are conscientious about integrating multicultural activities in the curriculum, parents certainly play a critical role in continuing that instruction at home. Filtering through the abundance of resources online to find high-quality ones is a time-consuming task, so we did the leg work for you! Here’s some resources you may want to explore with your children to teach them about Diwali.



The visual component of read aloud books paired with engaging text makes for an enjoyable experience for children. Remember to engage your child by asking questions before, during, and after reading to help them with comprehension, especially when it comes to unfamiliar texts. Encourage them to do the same!


Diwali (Bright Baby Touch and Feel Board Book) by Roger Priddy

Lighting a Lamp: A Divali Story by Jonny Zucker

Lots of Lights by Kavita Sahai


Indian family celebrate diwali or deepavali at home, little girl with traditional clothing sari, hands holding oil lamp indoor.Videos and Apps

Children love technology, and we’re better off embracing this fact instead of fighting it! They respond well to captivating animations and stories. These video clips are short and manage to maintain the attention of little ones. There are plenty of opportunities to discuss (and explain) different aspects of the story to your child. The apps linked below work best if you sit with your child and explore the different activities together.


Ramayana: Story of Diwali (video)

The Story of Diwali (video)

Diwali with Tamarind Tots (iPad App)

Diwali Festival Kids Activity (iPad/Android App)

The Story of Diwali by Mangoreader (Online eBook and games)


Diwali wordsearch

Downloadable Diwali Puzzle


For younger children:

  • Diwali Coloring Book DOWNLOAD HERE (PDF)


For older children:

  • Diwali Reading Comprehension Activity Pack DOWNLOAD HERE: (PDF)
  • Diwali Puzzles Pack DOWNLOAD HERE: (PDF)

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