Theme – Dussehra / Navratri – Shelf Activities

The Indian festival Navratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine. Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are seen as three dimensions of the feminine, symbolic of the earth, the sun and the moon respectively.

Those who aspire for strength or power, worship forms of the feminine like Mother Earth or Durga or Kali. Those who aspire for wealth, passion or material gifts worship Lakshmi or the sun. Those who aspire for knowledge, dissolution or the transcendence of the limitations of the mortal body worship Saraswati or the moon.

Fundamental Insights of Navratri

The nine days of Navratri are classified according to these basic qualities. The first three days are dedicated to Durga, the next three to Lakshmi, and the last three to Saraswati. The tenth day, Vijayadashami, signifies the triumph over all these three aspects of life which everyone requires to lead a successful Life.

Celebrating this auspicious occasion we did these fun activities when my toddler was 2 years old.

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  • Sand Art

Simple DIY exercise to ponder with moppets imagination and motor skills. To begin our explorations all we needed are few colors, a glass bottle, spatula and a funnel.


  • Free Play

Provided some idols, vegetables and other stuff to set up their own Golu or Putting up a prayer environment etc


  • Craft

Decorating Dandiya Sticks and make some moves with the traditional tunes.


  • Culture

Setting up Golu is part of tamil nadu’s traditional way of celebrating the Navratri festival. So with this pluck and play child size golu stand one can explore different hindu gods, their vehicles, their powers, their family tree and many more.



  • Visual Discrimination

Treat for moppets eyes with simple dandiya play cards and sheet.


  •  History

A DIY book to talk about how this Navratri festival is being celebrated in different parts of India. This freebie is available for download on Moppets Wiki, Click here to download yours.

Book Collage

I hope your little one would have loads of fun understanding the festival Navratri or Dussehra with these activities! Be sure to check out the rest of our learning shelves here!

Read here to know different types of mind exercises for moppets.

Utilize our Face book page to get more thoughts for engaging kids at home with regular activities and don’t forget to grab your freebies here.

Article by Vaishnavi Yelchur


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