Rangoli Patterns

Children find out about the Hindu festival of Diwali. They make decorative clay lamps, rangoli patterns and a shrine of tasty sweets.


Find out about the use of Rangoli Patterns in the celebration of Hindu Festivals. Master the basic technique of drawing on tamped earth with chalk paint or stubby chalk sticks.

Rangoli Patterns. Laminated pictures of rangoli patterns. White chalk line paint (the sort used on grass football pitches, bought in 25kg bags) and a one inch paint brush for each child. Green tarpaulin to paint on if the ground isn’t suitable, together with mallet and pegs. Alternatively use stubby chalk sticks on a tarmac surface. Choose your work surface in advance and peg down a tarpaulin if necessary. Note that when the chalk is dry it will brush or wash off.

Make Rangoli Patterns. Make a brush out of a bundle of twigs, or brash and sweep clear an area of bare earth – clay surface is best. Stamp the ground flat and firm with your feet.

If the ground remains loose or is grassy, tightly peg out a tarpaulin and paint on that instead. Chalk paint brushes off when dry. Mix the chalk powder with water to a thick creamy texture and paint your design with a one-inch brush. Alternatively, use stubby chalks on a hard surface such as tarmac. Rangoli is traditionally done in front of the main door of the home.

On tarmac or concrete. Use thick, stubby chalk sticks instead. This is the usual medium for decorating pavements.

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