Rangoli Designs

Rangoli Designs lesson plan

Use colored chalk on sandpaper to make authentic Rangoli designs in the Hindu Tradition. Learn about Diwali and the Hindu culture.

  • 1.

    Diwali is called the festival of lights in India. On the third day of Diwali, the festival that marks the end of the Hindu year, Lakshmi is honored. Lakshmi represents good fortune and wealth.

  • 2.

    The Rangoli is a sign of welcome. These drawings may be geometric patterns, drawings of Diwa lights (single-flamed lamps), or pictures of symbols. For example, lotus flowers symbolize purity and perfection.

  • 3.

    Research authentic Hindu designs and symbols. These designs traditionally are made with one's fingers using flour, colored sand or chalk, or grains of rice.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola® Colored Art Chalk to outline your Rangoli design on sandpaper. The sandpaper's texture will make your drawing seem like it is on the ground.

  • 5.

    Color your Rangoli design. Display it at the entrance of your classroom, room, or home.


  • Children research current information about Hindu beliefs and Indian culture.
  • Students find information about Diwali, an Indian festival of lights, and identify traditional symbols that are used during the celebration.
  • Children use colored chalk to draw authentic Rangoli designs on sandpaper, similar to Hindu tradition.


  • Younger children and some with special needs may wish to work in pairs. While one child draws with the chalk, the other holds the sandpaper so it stays in place.
  • Decorate your classroom with lights for Diwali. Invite other students and families to visit. Explain this Hindu holiday to them.
  • Read Hindu stories. What messages do they illustrate? How are they similar to the faith stories you know? How are they different?
  • Study Hindu symbols in depth. Do you recognize any of these designs from other contexts?
  • Make a Mehndi, henna art worn on the hand, using the designs gathered from your research.