The festive season is right around the corner and while things may be looking bleak right now, it is always a good idea to cheer up with some fun decorative ideas. A craft activity will ensure that kids stay away from the screens and spend some time in a productive manner, learning new things. Involving your little helpers and getting their creative juices flowing with these paper decoration ideas will make the house look joyous, in time for Diwali. 

Since our options to go out and mingle with our loved ones are limited this year, we have compiled a list of decoration ideas to make the most out of staying at home. These activities are guaranteed to help your children hone their motor skills, dexterity and self-expression and enjoy themselves too!

1. Light it up with lanterns 

What implies that Diwali has arrived more than lanterns? There are numerous plastic options out in the market. But if you are looking for an environmentally friendly idea, we have the perfect option for you. You will require the most basic supplies, easily available at home - coloured paper, a pair of craft scissors, a ruler, pencils and glue.Paper crafts with children

You can encourage your child to go crazy with colours, use sketch pens or paints to draw designs on the lanterns, use stickers or washi tapes to enhance them even more. With very minimal items, this craft idea is easy to follow along!
2. Decorate with diyas 

We light diyas to signify purity, goodluck and to do away with the darkness and welcome more light in our lives. Since it is extremely unsafe for children to be around fire, making cute diyas out of paper is one way to include them in all the activities that entail the festive season of Diwali.

As with the previous activity, you simply require coloured paper, corrugated cardboard if available, some sequins for decoration, glue and a pair of scissors. You can explain to your children the significance of lighting diyas or the story of how Diwali came about to be celebrated while they make these simple paper diyas that look beautiful upon completion. This will give them a chance to understand the rich history and culture of our festivals. 

3. Handmade Diwali cards 
A handmade card adds a touch of personalization and is a nice way to greet your family members on the occasion of Diwali. Designing cards yourself as opposed to simply buying readily available commercial ones will deliver the right sentiment. Making one with your hand will show the receiver just how special they are and kids can get creative with the number of options available to decorate the card. Kids can make drawings or add handmade paper flowers on the card to give a 3D effect and they can customise their cards according to different shapes and sizes (maybe one shaped like a diya or their favourite mithai).
Paper crafts with children

With fancy paper or coloured paper and sketch pens, they can learn to communicate and write messages to family members and friends. Kids can also have fun with glitter on the cards and use the scraps from previous activities to further get innovative! 

4. Hang garlands up on the wall
You can do your house up with wall hangings. They can be hung up vertically or horizontally across the wall and will immediately amp up the space. A range of colourful papers can be cut in various shapes and strung together. Children can practice their shapes as well as create something beautiful. With A4 sheets of paper, a stapler, a hole punch, a pair of scissors and ribbon, you can accompany your children in making paper stars that will instantly give a festive look to the room!

5. Pollution free firecrackers 

Firecrackers are enchanting to watch but we cannot deny the noise and smoke pollution that they cause. Besides harming the environment, they scare away animals. This Diwali, make your own paper firecrackers at home! This fun activity is an alternative and will last you in your house unlike conventional firecrackers which only last for a moment and also cause pollution. 

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Using this artform, children can learn to make firecrackers which can be placed as centerpieces on the table or even be hung up on the wall. 

These paper decoration ideas are sure to engage your children and keep them busy creating lovely decoration which can easily be reused as well! Craft activities have the potential to teach children about the various forms of art, appreciate the culture and express their creativity. It is also a great bonding exercise and serves as an enriching experience to connect with children!