Invite your visitor to talk to the children about India, sharing information about geography, clothes, food, music, festivals (Hindu, Sikh or Islam), special buildings, etc. What do they most like about India? What do they not like?
Show the children how to put on a sari and let them have a go. Look at some henna patterns online and talk about different celebrations. Ask them to draw around their hand on a piece of paper and let them design their own patterns using felt pens. Some children could have patterns drawn on their hands using washable paint or pens.
Find out about tigers, elephants and other Indian animals. Look at some famous paintings of tigers such as ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’ by Henri Rousseau. Let the children paint their own pictures of tigers.
Talk about the festival of Diwali. Explain that the children are going to make divas. Provide each child with a ball of clay. Let them handle the clay, squeezing, squashing and rolling it until it is softer to mould. Show them how to shape the clay into a shallow bowl big enough to hold a tea light, pinching the edges around the side. Leave the clay pot to dry and then paint with glitter paint.
Answer 'how' and 'why' questions
Develop narratives and explanations
Form positive relationships with others
People and communities (ELG13) Family members Communities & traditions
The world (ELG14) Places, objects and materials Environments Animals and plants