Celebrations

Block D - Festivals of Light

Learn about special celebrations in the community and in the wider world. Through a series of exciting activities, discover the different ways we celebrate – and the many different things those celebrations can be about!

Reflect on the symbolism of light; learn about significant festivals of light such as Hannukah, Diwali and Eid-ul-Fitr. Make Menorahs, Diva lights, Eid cards and create a fabulous firework light dance to finish the block with a bang.

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01: Hanukkah

Investigate mystery objects, light an oil lamp, listen to the story of Hanukkah and make potato latkes!

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02: Diwali

Learn about Rama and Sita by singing `There was a Princess Long Ago´ and act out the story. Make Rangoli patterns with coloured salt and create beautiful Diva lights.

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03: Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr

Sit on an imaginary prayer mat and face Mecca. Learn about being a Muslim, Ramadan and the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.

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04: Firework and light dance

Finish the block with a bang by creating an explosive firework dance. Listen to a firework poem and become Rockets and Catherine wheels twirling and whirling in the sky.