A simple Kalgi craft – perfect if you would like to talk to children about Guru Gobind Singh Ji or Sahibzaade. Kalgi is a turban ornament that is a sign of royalty and Guru Gobind Singh Ji was like our King. You could print out and give the children the following verse to learn: Baajaa vaale, Kalgiya vaale (this page has 10 copies of the verse with translation and transliteration). Along with the Kalgi other attributes are: a Hawk or Baaj (see Kiddie Sangat Hawk craft) and a Blue Horse (see the Blue Horse paper plate craft).
Nowadays children might see a Kalgi during a wedding. But tell them, that if the groom wears a Kalgi to the wedding he has to take it off in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Ask them why do they think that is. The answer is: because although Kalgi marks a royalty, Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the King of Kings and nobody is higher than Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
To do this Kalgi craft you will need:
- acrylic gems, pearls, stickers and/or colours
- craft feathers
- tape or glue
- Print out Kalgi template on a card. You could use a paisley or a teardrop shape templates or you could just draw a shape. If you don’t have a printable card – just print out on the paper, cut the shape out and then trace the outline onto the card. You could use foil, shiny wrapping paper, felt, glitter card, literally anything here to make the outcome more “royal looking”.
- Use gems, stickers and colours to decorate the Kalgi. But always remember: with the kids less is more (don’t give them a hundred stickers – trust me, they will use them ALL!! Just give enough to make the craft work.)
- Attach a feather to the top with glue or tape
- You could use double-sided sellotape to secure the Kalgi on children’s turbans
Have you heard the song “Sacrifice (Guru Gobind Singh)” by Indi Kaur? It will make a brilliant soundtrack for your crafting session. See more recommendations of music and other resources on our links page.