Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom and prosperity is the one who is most loved by kids! May be due to his elephant head or adorable long trunk or the big tummy. From generations the love for Lord Ganesh has been immense among his young followers, he is known as the most intellectual. Lord Ganesha is honoured as the God of the beginnings and is also considered the advocate of learning, be it art, academic or social learning.
Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated as the birth of Ganesha on the Shukla Chaturthi of Bhadrapada month as per the Hindu Calendar. The celebrations last for 10 days. Big clay idols are placed in pandals with lavish decorations across the country and even in many other countries where the Indians get together and celebrate this fun-filled festival. On the 10 day that is Anant Chaturdashi the idols are taken in a huge procession and are submerged in water.
We decided on making a Bookmark, as Ganesha is the God of learning. My daughter jumped with joy when I explained to her that this way Ganesha will always help you with reading new words and promote learning and thus you will achieve whatever you desire for, by working hard!
Kids have such innocence, their mind at this age is a clean slate, whatever you tell them now will stay embedded forever. Teaching them to work hard, try hard and keep believing will be something worth.
Let us get started with our bookmark!
Ganesh Chaturthi Craft for Kids
Materials for Ganesha Bookmark
- Ganesh Bookmark Template – Click on Download Link
- Origami sheet (one which we used measured 11.8 cm x 11.8 cm)
- Coloured card papers
- Glitter stone stickers
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Colour pens
- Glue stick
Steps to follow for this very simple Ganesha Bookmark
Step 1: Make a bookmark Pocket
Take a square sheet (11.8 x 11.8) and start folding it following the picture and complete it to make a bookmark pocket.
Step 2: Cut out the shapes
Print the template sheet and cut out the shapes from the card sheets by tracing the shapes. Choose coloured card sheets of your choice for the head, crown and the ears of Lord Ganesha.
Step 3: Decorate the Ganesha
Stick the cutouts together to complete the face. Now let the imagination flow, use colour pens, glitter stones and stickers, as per your wish to decorate the beloved God. Use googly eyes as we have used in one of the bookmarks (my lil one loves the googly eyes) if you can get them easily else draw the eyes with a pen. Complete the look by glueing the tusk, made using white card sheet.
Step 4: Glue Ganesha on the pocket
Finally, stick the decorated Ganesha on the bookmark pocket and start using the bookmark!
Kids will love this quick activity and so will the mamas and daddies as this doesn’t require any special material nor does it take more than 20 mins to put it together. Enjoy reading your books along with Ganesha now, he will keep motivating you to do your best!
After we did this activity my 6 years old decided to make one more bookmark for her Papa.
She declared, “I will do everything on my own, but can u please make the pocket for me and draw the eyes”. This is what she made:
Image Tanvi Bhushan