Coloured Rice Rangoli Patterns with Template

Making coloured rice Rangoli patterns is the perfect way to teach young children about the Hindu festival of lights - Diwali. Using coloured rice and our Rangoli template you can make the most beautiful Rangoli designs. Kids of all ages will love this Diwali craft from toddlers, to preschoolers to much older kids. 

Coloured rice rangoli patterns

Not only is using coloured rice to create a Rangoli pattern the perfect Diwali craft for kids, it is also brilliant for young children working on fine motor skills. As they pick up rice to sprinkle it onto their Rangoli design they will be developing their pincer grip.

Children can be as creative as they like as they choose the coloured rice that they would like to add to their Rangoli template, or they could even design their own Rangoli design! 

Making Rangoli Patterns

What are Rangolis?

Rangoli patterns are colourful patterns created during Diwali celebrations and other Hindu celebrations. They are made on the floor near to the entrance of a house to invite goddess Lakshmi to enter.  

Making Rangolis for Diwali is a family tradition that can be seen across India during the festival of light - Diwali, but also across the world. This traditional Indian art form can be made from coloured rice, coloured powder or flowers.

How to make a Rangoli

The Diwali craft below has been made from coloured rice. To make your own coloured rice check out our rainbow rice recipe or alternatively try making this craft using coloured sand or flowers. You may also like to take a look at our paper Rangoli patterns.

How to make Rangoli patterns

Scroll down for the printable Rangoli patterns template.

Coloured Rice Rangoli Patterns - Supplies


Coloured Rice Rangoli Patterns - Directions

STEP 1: Print Rangoli template

First things first! Print off the Rangoli pattern template and prepare your supplies. Follow our rainbow rice directions to make the coloured rice needed for this craft.

Printable Rangoli patterns template

STEP 2: Add glue to Rangoli tempate

Now it is time to start adding your coloured rice to the Rangoli template. Decide which section of the Rangoli pattern you would like to add coloured rice to first and cover that area with glue. I find using a thin paintbrush to paint the glue on is the easiest way to do this. 

Rangoli patterns printable colouring page

STEP 3: Add coloured rice to Rangoli template

You will need to add one colour of rice at a time. Start by sprinkling your first colour of rice onto the glue you added to the template in step 2. Once the glue is covered in your chosen coloured rice shake off any excess rice. 

Rangoli patterns craft for kids

To save the mess I would advice having a large tray nearby to tip any extra rice into.

Rangoli patterns for kids

Repeat using a different colour. Keep adding coloured rice one colour at a time to build up your Rangoli design. 

Coloured rice Rangoli pattern craft for kids

Rangoli patterns craft for kids

The great thing about this coloured rice Rangoli craft is that it works for all ages from toddlers, to preschoolers to school aged children. Daisy (aged 6) and Ollie (aged 2) both loved making this craft (and so did I!).

Coloured rice Rangoli patterns

Toddlers and younger preschoolers might not be able to follow the patterns exactly, but this is such a fun process art activity for them. Let them dribble glue onto the template and then sprinkle on coloured rice.

Diwali for toddlers

Older children can take their time building up their Rangoli designs. You could also have a go at making a Rangoli pattern using the rice without the printable template! 

Diwali craft for kids


To download this Rangoli template for free click on the link below and use the discount code: rangoli. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

rangoli patterns printable template

We hope that you have fun making these coloured rice Rangoli patterns while learning a little about the Hindu festival of light - Diwali. If you enjoyed this craft and would like to try another Rangoli Diwali craft for kids check out our paper Rangoli patterns craft

How to make a rangoli pattern with coloured rice. Diwali craft for kids, toddlers and preschoolers.

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