How to engage kids during festivals

August 15, 2022

Festivals bring families together and spread happiness and cheer every time. With growing nuclear habitations in families, it’s highly necessary to keep alive the essence of festivals through mindful celebrations. Merely following the calendar and feeding delicacies to our kids will probably not trigger the minds with excitement and curiosity.

Every festival carries such immense experiences that immerse us in a pool of emotions, togetherness, and cultural aura. Not just fun and colors, they give us a reason to introspect by letting go of the bad and celebrating the good. Festivals as a whole are blissful, and at the same time can also get overwhelming with little toddlers and their tantrums.

With an increasing percentage of working parents, it does get tedious to cater to such subtle aspects and strike the right balance. But don’t fret, we’ve got your back.

How can we engage kids in festivals?

How soothing it would be to have your kid preparing for festivals spontaneously with the right spirit? When a purpose is added to the rituals we celebrate, there is always a better outcome. So, let’s explore ways to engage kids during festivals.

1. Storytime: Every festival is celebrated to mark the victory or beginning of something and carries a rich history to itself. It is important to explain this history and culture to our kids in a way they understand and cherish. Stories are a great way to indulge them in meaningful celebrations, it makes them aware of their surroundings and keep them well-informed of what is happening. This sets the tone of perspectives and makes them feel involved without any push.

2. Decor and cleaning: You know there’s a festival at home when cleaning starts in full swing, and this is the best time to involve kids and give them tiny responsibilities that they can fulfill with ease. Over time it sets a pace and habituates them in the practice of cleaning which is an ideal life skill at any point. Decorating the house in their presence by asking for input and ideas always adds a splash of their creativity. Make sure their creative efforts are appreciated well, which would encourage them to participate every time.

3. Cooking and baking: Festivals are incomplete without sweets and kids love a good overdose of their favorite delicacies. This is the only time when parents can satisfy those cravings without any guilt. A better way to keep them happy is by including them in the process. The best place to start is keeping them busy with perfecting the round laddus and other shaped delicacies. It’s fuss-free, fun, and contributing at the same time. Eventually, they can learn and expert a dish that runs as their legacy, which can be served platonically to the guests.

4. Shopping: To enhance the festivities we buy new sets of clothes and houseware. This needs a whole lot of shopping and patience. Your kids can be a part of this by actively choosing their looks, this would also inculcate in them a sense of individuality and make them feel confident. Although, as elders we want to see perfection in the paraphernalia, let it not be the only focus, and it’s best to allow your house to look fresh with new ideas and choices. Set the little ones free to pick and you would be in awe of their unique choices.

5. Giving: This might be new to the kids, but with every grand festival we celebrate there are a lot of kids and families who cannot afford to enjoy these festivals. Apart from all that we relish, it is also time we teach our kids to give and share with those who do not share the same privileges. With everything new coming in, the old needs to be out and it can be put out the right way! Kids can be mindfully taught to think broad and beyond the self through this simple act.

These were a few meaningful ways to engage kids in festivals, and once started, it just gets better as festivals are never-ending. Kara4kids is a leading preschool in Bangalore that celebrates the joy of growing with every kid. If you’re looking for a preschool in Bangalore to cherish the festival of life with your little one, look no further!

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GERALDINE DMELLO

 Curriculum Head

Geraldine Dmello is the Curriculum Head and Consultant at Kara 4 Kids.
She has attained her MS ( diploma) in Special Education and a certification in Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Education from the UCLA University.
Her past experiences involves over 30 years of experience in private schools both international and in India.
She has authored poems, conceived books, speaks and consults on the topics related to the whole child development making teaching in the Early Childhood space a reciprocal experience, filled with a vibrancy that creates a powerful sustained shared thinking.
While in the conceptualizing of the curriculum she keeps in mind the importance of honoring a child. Her core belief is in the saying that ” A berry ripens in its own good time and so does a child’s readiness.”

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CFO

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With a background in Science and a PG degree in English literature, along with a PG Diploma in Human Resources and Marketing, Rukmini exemplifies a highly skilled professional. Her unwavering commitment to driving our organization’s success through effective HR strategies and practices, particularly focusing on workforce management, sets her apart as a true asset to our team.



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Strategic Operations – Head

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs

It is this belief that inspired Ms. Sapna Erappa to follow her passion, after a decade’s career in banking and finance. Her journey in Early Childhood Education began in 2010 and ever since she has worked with renowned preschools in Bangalore in various leadership roles over a span of 15 years. She holds a degree in Finance & Marketing and has wide exposure in Early Years Education. She has participated in a number of Early Childhood Conferences and IB workshops. 

In her current role as the Strategic Operations – Head at Kara4Kids, she has worked towards building a strong team, motivating them to ensure top-notch standards are maintained in the schools. She believes that a loving and happy environment not only helps children to learn while having fun but also brings the best out of the teachers. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure plenty of learning opportunities are offered to children to bring out their innate potential. Her goal is to create a balanced learning ecosystem where every stakeholder in the school community takes responsibility for the child’s learning journey. She firmly believes and hopes that the education system of today helps children to develop empathy, compassion, and resilience along with academic excellence.

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CHIEF MENTOR

Manas Mehrotra is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Bachelors of Law, MBA (Entrepreneurship) from Babson College (USA). The Founder of NestaVera Group of companies, Manas has his vision rooted in the core belief that the only thing constant in this dynamic business era is Change. He believes that the ongoing process of Brainstorming, Innovation, and Adaptation to change should always be the heart of any organisation that seeks economic and social success. He drives his workforce with a strong emphasis on inculcating faith and building long term strategic relationships with both clients and employees.

Manas has also played a pivotal role in the success of Greenwood High Schools. The institution has grown many folds with more than 9 National level Awards to its name in last 3 years under his leadership. Under his stewardship & unique approach to education, Greenwood High Schools have unparalleled achievements to their name in moulding the young minds of tomorrow. He believes in combining quality education with a proper blend of traditional values and the best that modern-day technology has to offer.

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CHAIRMAN-EMERITUS

Khushroo Rustumji, an alumnus of IIT is the founder of Kara. Having been the Chairman of two companies listed on the BSE, a subsidiary of a Company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a Consultant to numerous national and international organizations, his tenure of work before establishing Kara spans a myriad of corporate experiences.

With a strong belief in how a good Preschool is the vital ingredient in building a Child’s Foundation, Rustumji and his wife envisioned Kara. Upon returning to India after having spent 21 years in the UK, they decided to establish the first pre-school with international standards in Bangalore, much to the delight of discerning parents here. This is how the tale of kara unravelled years ago under the stewardship of Rustumji.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Backed by their sheer hard work and talent, women entrepreneurs worldwide are changing the landscape across every industry. One such visionary in the field of early education is Prachi Mehrotra- Executive Director at Kara4kids. She is also the Director at NestaVera Group of Companies.

 After completing her formal education at a boarding school in Mussorie, Prachi moved to the UK to pursue her degree in Management studies at the University of Nottingham post which she returned to India to pursue her MBA in Finance & Marketing. Her enriching experience, exposure, and learning in these pivotal years taught her the art of adapting to different scenarios, pertaining to education, demographics, and cultures.She strongly believes in developing a culture of trust and transparency at the workplace, which will in turn facilitate the construction of an efficient, effective, productive, and valuable organization.

As an achiever of excellence in both academic and extra co- curricular fields, she reckons that curiosity to learn is the spark that should be the driving force of every organization. As a millenial mother to three children herself, she strongly beleives that early learning is where the root of knowledge begins to get founded for an individual, therefore it is imperative that equal importance be showered upon these nascent founding years of our children’s lives. She passionately envisions to create dynamic,explorative, nurturing – learning and childcare spaces where children fall in love with the joy of learning every day.
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