The Festival of Lights is just around the corner and it’s a great time to teach your kids about Diwali and its history. The day is a celebration of Lord Rama and his return to Ayodhya after a long exile. Books for adults can be a bit difficult to understand, especially if your children are too young. If you are still looking for ways to make them understand the meaning of Diwali, why we celebrate it, or in general trying to introduce them to Hindu mythology, there are some fun ways.

Books and games specifically designed for children can be a great step in not making them feel overwhelmed. Read on to find out where you can get started:

Kahaani Purani

This interactive board book is written in English and Hindi. This is a wonderful retelling of the classic Ramayana by Priddy with illustrations by Alicia Souza. Kids are sure to love the flaps, tabs and illustrations. The entire book is written in simple yet rhythmic verse, making it fun to recite and easy to understand the story behind it.

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Amma, tell me about the Ramayana

If you want to share more than just the story of the Ramayana with your children, this is the book you are looking for. This is an educational series of children’s books written by Bhakti Mathur with illustrations by Malushree Somani. The book introduces readers to major Hindu holidays such as Holi and Diwali. It is also a rich source of knowledge about Hindu culture and about the gods Krishna, Hanuman and Ganesha.

Adventures of Rama

A great find for your children, the book is retold and filled with illustrations made from original paintings from 16th century manuscripts. It was first published in 1980 by the Free Gallery of Art, but this is a revised edition. Its pages depict the entire story of the Ramayana, from the birth of Rama, the devotion of his brother Lakshmana, his marriage to Sita, and his battle with the demon king Ravana.

Ramayana memory game

There are 10 pairs of large colorful squares in this fun game. Children can start reading a beautifully illustrated book with a game. When they get to know the characters, they can play with the memory cards. This is a great game to increase your child’s curiosity, fine motor skills and help them sharpen their memory and problem solving skills.

Ramayan Tambola

After telling the story to your children, you can develop this fun game yourself. All you need is a pen and paper and a chart for the kids. Create cards with different characters, either just their names or something important about them, that the children will match with the characters on their tambola table. Play like a real tombola.

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