Rangoli Sand Art
Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers.
Washington State K–12 Arts Learning Standard: EALR 1: The student understands and applies arts knowledge and skills in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.
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Observe and record the children’s actions during the activity. How did they go about spreading the sand? What did they have to say about their finished work? What did they say about this particular style of art?
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- What is Rangoli?
Rangoli is the art of drawing images and designs on the floor with colored sand, rice, or flour. It is a form of folk art from India and stands as a sign of welcome and thought to bring good luck In India, this art is temporary. Each design stays only for a day or two, as it is often redone as part of a daily routine. One of the most popular arts among Indian women, rangoli is an age old custom. Designs are passed down through the generations, some of them being hundreds of years old.
Rangoli: Discovering the Art of Indian Decoration
by Anuradha Ananth (Author), Shailja Jain (Illustrator)