Art Activities for Kids : Homemade Rangoli Powder

Art Activities for Kids : Homemade Rangoli Powder
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Art Activities for Kids : Homemade Rangoli Powder

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Make vibrant Rangoli Powder at home for a fun and unique art activity for kids. Requires just 3 ingredients and you and your kids can be off creating beautiful patterns.

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Rangoli Powder { link provided above for an introduction to Rangoli} is traditionally made using rice flour. Although in the recent times the materials have been swapped for chalk, sand and another white shaded rock powder for easier handling of the powder. Coarse powder flows better. But our family have always only used rice flour to create patterns on special occasions and auspicious days. The reason is among all the many origins for the creation of the Rangoli concept one  that really stuck to me was the fact that the elaborate designs laid out in front of homes were a source of food for many tiny creatures, especially ants. So my mother never wanted to mess with the organic ingredients of the flour and just stuck to only rice flour.  Well, I just added a teeny bit of salt to my recipe so that my daughter can make the designs and enjoy this simple art activity.

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How to create with Homemade rangoli powder

The measurements don’t have to be accurate. I started off with 1/4 cup of rice flour.  Then to make colors, you can still go the organic route and add only Turmeric Root Powder homemade art supplies, vermillion, flower petals. For this homemade rangoli powder recipe I used candy colors. With 1/4 cup of rice flour start added the candy colors in drops. Keep mixing with a spoon or your hand if you don’t mind the stains for a day. Keep adding the colors until you are satisfied with the intensity. To make the powder a bit better add about 1/8 cup of salt. Add more color if need be. The blue and the hello have more salt in them compared to the red and free. I hope you can see the difference in the texture.     colored rangoli powder

The candy colors are the only ones that work to make this homemade rangoli powder. Regular food colors will not mix and will not color the rice flour. homemade art supplies Once you have your rangoli powder it’s time to get creative with this simple art activity for kids.  We choose to create on a foil pie pan. Traditionally the designs are made using your thumb and your pointer finger. Take a pinch and start creating while moving your thumb up and your pointer finger down. The video at 1:00 will show you the actual finger movement. 

rangoli powder made at home Another way to have fun with this art activity is to spread a bunch of colors on a surface and create the entire design with your finger.   creating with rangoli powder

I used a steel plate to create this simple star pattern using our blue and yellow.

rangoli powder made at home

Another fun way to involve the kids in this unique art activity is by purchasing rangoli stencils { pictured below with an affiliate link}. Spread the powder on a flat surface and press the stencil over it and viola! beautiful design!!
homemade art supplies

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Homemade rangoli powder

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