Holi is a festival that is celebrated all over India during the month of April. It is a spring celebration, full of colour and joy. But sometimes, it can be hard to get your kids excited about Holi when they’re not old enough to fully appreciate it.
We know that most kids are into games. As parents, we tend to be sceptical about the age-appropriateness of these games. But how can you deny the great fun and excitement children get out of playing these fun games? Here’s a list of Holi game ideas for kids that will entertain them while keeping them occupied at the same time.
Here is a list of interesting Holi game ideas that you can play this Holi
20 Interesting Holi Game Ideas for Kids
This interesting game from Popxo, involves getting all wet! Participants have to carry a mug with holes at the base over his/her head and fill the bucket within the allotted time frame. Whoever fills the bucket first is the winner.
This game from Kitty Groups online is very interesting and you need to blow many water balloons almost same as the number of guests you are expecting. Out of those hundreds of balloons you will put coins in 5 balloons. Now keep all the water balloons in many big tubs all around the ground and ask everyone to pic one balloon. When the host blows the whistle, everyone will break the water balloon against his or her forehead. The lucky ones getting the coins out of the balloon will be the winner. Make sure you use some small coin which is not easily visible in the colored water balloons.
This Holi game idea “Rainbow Rain Dance” from Parenting firstcry would surely be a hit amongst the young ones. The venue has to be an open space like an outdoor garden or the terrace of your building. Make the area safe by getting your patio furniture and plants out of the way and ensuring that the area is secured by boundaries. Play the best Holi special songs in the background and you’re all set.
You can use any tools such as pichkaris (water guns), buckets, tumblers, plastic cups, sprinklers, garden hose and inflatable swimming pools, or even hang shower-heads surrounding the party area. Start the rain dance, and allow your kids to throw and splash water on each other to their heart’s content. However, supervise closely and follow some safety rules.
4. Water Gun
A fun filled water game for your little ones from Mommyinme! Nothing can beat water gun when it comes to Holi! Let’s all vouch to use the Organic or floral colours, they’re safe to kids, us and even for the environment. Allow kids to have a messy fun with colourful water using water guns in a garden or an open space. Participate as a family, involve kids and others from the neighbourhood to have the fun. You can plan few games and competitions for kids, which are equally amazing for adults as well
- Light the candles placed on the table in a horizontal manner. Kids have to blow the candles with water gun. Specify the distance and time limit, for more fun and furore.
- Hand out the water guns to all kids and allow them to run after each other, wetting all. Believe me, nothing can beat this mad play.
- Make a dart from foam board and place it on a stationary location. Fill the bottles or buckets with diluted colours and then start the water gun painting over the dart. A less messy work, but kids will enjoy this dart painting with their water guns.
5. Bubble Play
Who wouldn’t love this bubble play from Mommyinme? It’s really interesting. What all you need is a large container with soapy bubble solution and blower. Kids can easily fill their bubble shooters and get ready for some fun games.
- Blow out the bubbles and ask kids to pop the bubbles, no not with hands. For fun, ask them to pop using their head, elbows, knees and so on. It’ll be a super fun.
- Blow the bubbles, run after them and catch them on the wand.
- Hold a hula hoop and ask kids to blow bubbles through them. the one who blows maximum bubbles though the hula hoop, wins!
Picture courtesy – KidPillar
It’s a fun experiment for children of all ages from Kidpillar. Younger children will enjoy watching it while your older ones will have a blast doing it.
Take two transparent jars. Add ice cold water in one jar and hot water in another. Let your child squirt two-three drops of food colour into both the jars.
As the colour mixes in the water, it appears to be dancing. Do not stir! Observer in which jar colour dances/mixes faster.
Check this interesting activity from Cleartrip! Toothbrush painting is probably the most fun of all activities for pre-schoolers, because it doesn’t require much skill, but is still a good creative outlet. It will give your young ones a chance to have fun, make a mess, and possibly create a masterpiece that you will treasure years from now.
An awesome activity from Cleartrip which is safe on the tiny hands! Organic colors are safe and non-threatening to the environment, so you do not need to worry about your child’s safety or about planet earth. Instead of scouting the markets for organic colors, turn this into an activity itself. Making organic colors can be part of the celebration as it can be a lot of fun and a great bonding activity. You can use wheat leaves, amla, henna, and other natural ingredients to make safe and natural colors for the festivities.
Picture Courtesy Forgetful Momma
This is an amazing experiment for children from Orchid International School. All you need is food coloring of different colors, laundry bleach, and droppers. Ask your kids to mix food coloring with water in other transparent glasses. Tell them to add laundry bleach with a dropper to each colored solution and see what happens. Depending on the colors they have used, some will fade faster than the others. For more fun, they must keep adding bleach till one of the colored water fades away completely. Guess what! If you help them perform such kinds of activities for kids in Holi, you will be able to unfold the science behind bleach. Bleach contains oxidizers, which react with color molecules, making them lose their color. That’s why we add bleach to stains and spots. That’s how bleach works!
10. Roll and Splash
The most amazing activity to do in Holi from Orchid International School, especially for kids! It’s the outdoor water game that makes for a perfect fun Holi game. With a bit of mathematics added in, it is one water-cum-math game both you and your children will love. Pretty easy to set-up; all you need is a big shallow pan/dish. Fill it with water and let your children sit around it in a circle. All players take turns in rolling the dice, and the lucky one who lands up with a six gets to slap his/her hands into the water dish, splashing the water on everyone! Sounds fun, right? We bet it is!
11. Save the water
A game from Times of India that will encourage and insist on saving water! You have to give one bathing mug filled with coloured water to the player and player has to jump 6 times where he is standing holding the mug filled with coloured water. The one who successfully avoids spilling of water or the most water left in the mug wins the prize.
Here is a most exciting and funny activity from “The educator’ spin on it” It is a special craft which would help us to remember about all of our colorful fun even after Holi. It can be made in just a few minutes. Take a plain tshirt, foam letters and fabric paint. Just ask your kid to dip her letters in the paint and then placed them onto her shirt. That’s all your kid would love it.
A fun filled coloring activity for your little one from Activity Village! Give the little ones some quiet time to entertain themselves by indulging in these fun Holi coloring pages from Activity Village. They have an assortment of different pages, so do check them all out!
A fascinating painting activity for the kids from Love for Krafts! Take an empty straw and some distress inks and go crazy blowing the paint everywhere! It’s just like playing Holi, but on a card! Since you can cut it and stick it on a base cardstock, you don’t need to worry about keeping it neat.
15. STEM Holi Art
If you don’t prefer messy play, then this interesting activity from Kidpillar is for you! All you need is a deep dish (tray), some glass marbles, paint and a white craft sheet. Stick the craft sheet on the bottom of the dish using two-sided tape. Next, take three marbles and dip them in primary colors. Put the colored marbles on the paper and let your child tilt the dish in various directions. Marbles will roll to create not only an amazing pattern but also secondary colours. Simply delightful!
Here is a colorful rangoli idea from Parents! Rangolis are traditional floor arts created using colored sand and flowers during celebrations. Grab your chalks and create your own Rangoli in the driveway or on the sidewalks.
17. Holi Hands
A creative and colorful handprint activity for kids from Smile on! Make handprints on a plain sheet of paper. Cut out to make a unique art.
You can teach your child about the festival of colors by reading these books! This interesting idea is from Playful Home Education. All these books are available on Amazon.
- Amma Tell Me About Holi in English and Hindi – Amma Kahe Kahani, Holi!
- Festival of Colours
- Let’s Celebrate Holi!
- Why Holi – book on holi for children – parents to introduce mythology
This game of exploration from Indo Moral Tales will definitely kindle the festival mood in your kids! Fill two vessels with colored water and drop some small objects. Blindfold the players and ask them to dip their hands and take out the object from the water. Whoever finds it and takes it first is the winner and will get a surprise gift!
20. Holi Photo Booth
Here is a super cool activity from Parenting Firstcry, to make your kids more creative and enthusiastic! Hang a plain white cloth (roughly the size of a bedsheet) in an open space. Ask kids to go mad and splash all kinds of colours on the cloth. They can decorate it however they want – splash colours, draw graffiti, doodle, leave hand or footprints, etc. Once everyone is done, hang a sign that says ‘Happy Holi’ on top of the cloth, and your Holi photo booth is ready!
Now that you know some of the best game ideas for kids, it’s time to get creative and make your own! Just be sure to make them age-appropriate so that it’s safe and enjoyable for all ages.