India! Hinduism for Kids offers an overview of India’s most practiced religion, Hinduism, introducing basic concepts such as Brahman, Karma, Dharma, Moksha, and Reincarnation in an easy-to-follow lesson. Students also get answers to common questions about Hinduism like “Why do Indian women wear a dot on their foreheads?” and “Is yoga from India?”. Learning about global customs can foster an appreciation for cultural diversity. This is a fun and easy complement to India studies for any age. PowerPoint images are included with the lesson.
An easy craft is included based on aarthi, the daily prayers which are a part of everyday life in the Hindu religion. Students will make a special aarthi that is used in a spectacular daily Ganges River aarthi ceremony. The Ganges River Aarthi Boat is an EASY PREP craft. Instructions for 2 learning levels included: K - 2 and 3 - 5. Materials needed are a brown paper lunch bag, blue construction paper, yellow copy paper or cardstock, orange tissue paper, metallic pipe cleaner, glue, black marker or crayon, and a stapler. A printable of the flame image is included.
This lesson also includes an informative coloring page featuring an aarthi thali, or prayer plate.
YOU CAN FIND MORE LESSONS ON INDIA HERE: My Cool World India!
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