Diwali and Bonfire Night Treats

Recipes To Try Together

With Diwali and Bonfire Night it’s a big week of cultural celebrations. We’ve been learning about these traditions at Nursery and After School Club, but how can you extend this at home?

Interactive activities like cooking and crafts are fantastic ways to proactively engage your child with learning. Here are two recipes you can make together while talking about the festivals and celebrations. Older children will be able to have a go at following the instructions themselves, while younger ones will enjoy helping (without too much mess!)

When you make these Indian sweets with your child you’ll be providing them with a learning activity that can develop their understanding of other cultures and their traditions.

Families celebrating Diwali will often prepare sweet treats known as ‘Mithai’ in the days leading up to the celebrations. Eating sweets during Diwali is an old tradition, with sweets being seen as an offering to the gods, and a kind gesture given when greeting family and friends.

Diwali Sweets
Recipe from Twinkl

½ tin condensed milk
500g dried dates
125g ground almonds
25g desiccated coconut


  1. Chop the dates roughly and place them into a large non-stick pan. 
  2. Add the condensed milk and ground almonds. Continue to cook on a low heat, stirring continuously to make sure the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan. 
  3. Keep stirring until the mixture forms a soft lump in the middle of the pan (this may take a while). 
  4. When cool, take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball. 
  5. Finally, roll the ball in the desiccated coconut and put in a sweet case, place them into the fridge to set.

Fruit Kebab Rockets 

This firework-themed snack is a fun adult-led activity to use while learning about Bonfire Night. Younger children can help wash and prepare the fruit and select the pieces they would like to use for their ‘rocket’. Invite older children to talk about healthy eating and practise following instructions.

You will need:

Long wooden skewers (snip off the pointed ends for younger children)
Fruit of your choice e.g.

  1. Wash and prepare the fruit, peeling and cutting into bite size chunks.
  2. Thread the apple, banana and melon pieces onto skewers, alternating between them.
  3. Top each skewer with a strawberry to make the point of each rocket.

On 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was discovered in the Houses of Parliament with barrels of gunpowder. Each year the skies erupt with fireworks as a reminder of what could have happened if they exploded. It’s one of the most exciting nights of the year, but for children under five, fireworks can cause unnecessary stress.

If your child is scared by the loud noises, it may be best to stay indoors and watch from the window. Try explaining in detail beforehand: just like grown-ups, when little ones know what to expect they are less anxious. Walk through the steps of what’s going on for the first few fireworks. If your child doesn’t enjoy it, don’t force it. It’s likely they will love them later in life – in the meantime, stay cosy and enjoy the pie and peas!