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Smart Art (Times Vary)
During Raksha Bandhan, many sisters give their brothers a bracelet woven of red and gold! Practice some fun bracelet making with beads, along with red and yellow yarn!
This celebration begins at the break of dawn, so we shall use torn paper and glue to put together a beautiful sunrise!
Like many festivities, Raksha Bandhan celebrates with music! Explore different types of instruments in our sensory bin and see what kinds of sounds they make!
Purpose: These activities will allow children to learn about and explore different cultures, and also teach them about pattern making, cause and effect, and will increase their focus and math skills.
Story Time (TIMES: 11am & 2:30pm) Thread Of Love by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal
Synopsis: This New York Times best seller is set to the tone of the song, Are You Sleeping? To encourage littles to sing along while they learn about Indian culture and the traditional holiday, Raksha Bandhan.
Math/Science (directly following story times):
Create your own Rahki for a sibling and/or loved one: (Activity Inspiration: Handmade Rakhi)
Purpose: Creating presents for others helps develop a sense of empathy and social/emotional development. This activity also focuses on fine motor development, concentration and focus, creative expression, bilateral coordination and visual motor skills!
Table: HSS is coming to bring traditional Raksha Bandhan materials to our space for children to touch, feel and explore. They will have experts on the holiday with them to answer questions and provide more information on the Hindi culture!
Music & Movement:
We will play traditional Raksha Bandhan inspired music while we work on creating Rahki’s!
Purpose: Listening to music while working supports children’s developing skills of managing emotions, builds self-confidence, encourages teamwork and supports relationship building!
About the play partner: About the play partner: HSS, and Vishnu, also known as Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, USA Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA (HSS or HSS USA) is a 501(c)(3), voluntary, non-profit, social, educational, and cultural organization. Sangh, as the organization is popularly known, aims to coordinate the Hindu American community to practice, preserve, and advance ideals and values of Hindu Dharma.
Grown-Up Tip: Rahki is a thread of protection for a loved one. What other ways can we show our love and support for family and friends? Brainstorm with your child and create a new way to show love and the power of friendship.