Fishy Fingers

With the monsoon rains playing truant in India, we are feeling a bit like fish out of water! With fishes in mind and wishes for big drops of rain, we had some children put their fingers to good use. The ‘what you need list’ is rather simple here. A paper, pots of poster paint and lots of little finger tips. Newspapers to lay out, tissues and aprons would be good too!

SImply draw out your fish or other aquatic creature. Then dip your fingers into the paint to dot on, swirl around and mush up. And parents, do have a go too!


Phut-Phut paper print

There is nothing Maharaja Icky loves more than a good mess. You should look at his tablecloth after a meal. It’s the spottiest thing around. Here’s how we copy the messy design using bubble wrap, or phut phut paper as some of us like to call it.

What you need to get started:

  • Old newspaper for covering up your floor
  • Sheets of plain paper to print on
  • Poster paints in 2-3 colours
  • Bubble wrap
  • Paint brush

Let’s get dotty!

Cut the bubble paper into pieces about 5”x5”. You’ll need one piece for every colour you want to use.

Take one piece of the bubble paper and paint one poster colour onto the side with the bubble dots.

Turn it around and print the spots onto the plain piece of paper. Continue with the other colours you want to use.

There you have it – a dotty, spotty, colourful paper that you can create stuff with! You could even print this onto old newspaper to create colourful recycled gift-wrap.

Here is one fishy scene we created for a card with out phut phut print.

Sponge balls to get set for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi!

OOOH, Holi is almost here! That means a huge amount of MESS, splotches of colour, squidges of water everywhere – just what we love at Ikhtarpur. We love it so much, we’ve decided to send you an idea every week leading up to Holi.

Watch this space as the royal family gets all set for a fabulously Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi that is just three weeks away! Our first one to get you started on the icky, yucky, mucky road is from a lovely blog  – a SPONGE BALL!

Make a few for yourself today. They are reusable. They don’t hurt like water balloons do. Can it get any better than this?

We made the three on top and this is what we started out with: 6 sponges, a bit of floss and a scissor.

Click on the link above to view the easy-squeezy how to make it tutorial.

Wish you a nail-icious Happy Republic Day!

For all our nail nibblers and the good non-nail-nibblers too. Here’s a chance to put your fingers to good use and get them dressed in orange, white and green.

What you need:

  • Acryclic colours
  • Fine paint brushes
  • Scrubbed fingers


Paint your fingers from the knuckles and over your nails in orange, white and green.

Wait for a minute for the paint to dry before you begin painting over it.

We decided to turn the orange into a tiger, for the tiger is India’s national animal (you knew that!)

The white got converted into a cute white mouse. Why? Well that’s what the kids asked for!

And the green turned into a peacock…sort of. It is republic day after all.

So for all those ready to get their fingers all ICKY, take out your paints, grab an older sibling or parent and get them painting.

You could paint other creatures, your family or friends on any day of the year too!

Maharaja Icky’s elephant puppet

Every Maharaja and his Rani ought to have an elephant! We’ve made a pair with squishy handprints, gloppy glue and a sparkle of sequins.

What you need to get started:

  • Old newspaper for covering up your floor
  • Grey poster paint (or black mixed with white)
  • A plate
  • A plain sheet of paper
  • Little bits of paper in two colours. We used red and yellow
  • Some sequins or glitter
  • Glue
  • Stick to paste your puppet on. We used a stirrer but a bamboo skewer, old ruler or ice cream stick should all work well.

Let’s stomp into town!

Mix some grey paint onto the plate. Add a little water to thin the paint a tiny bit.

Squish your palm onto the paint to coat it well.

Splodge your hand onto a plain sheet of paper to get a lovely grey handprint.

Be patient. Do let it dry. Then turn the paper upside down so that the fingers face downward.

The impression of your thumb will be the trunk of the elephant. Paint on a tiny tail onto the soon-to-be elephant backside.

Mix a little black into your grey to get…a deeper shade of grey! Use this to paint on an ear near the trunk as you see in the picture.

Put a spot of black for the eye.

Use your pieces of coloured paper to create the Maharaja’s seat and his umbrella.

Stick sequins or glitter onto the umbrella to make it fit for royalty!

Cut out, paste onto a stick and take your elephant for a walk through town.

Snort-bubble paper

Bubble bubble

Mix it

Snort bubble paper

Have you ever got a yell from mom for blowing bubbles into your milk? Well, Maharaja Icky for one loves to snort through his sherbet! Here’s a great reason to blow bubbles through a straw while creating something wonderful.

What you need to get started:

  • Old newspaper for covering up your floor
  • Poster paint in three bright colours
  • Three plastic drinking straws
  • Dishwashing liquid soap
  • Water
  • Sheets of paper that you want to bubble up
  • Three shallow bowls

Let’s get bubbling!

Mix about 6 spoonfuls of dishwashing liquid and a small amount of water into each of the plates. You should have a thick soap solution. (later when you blow into this, if its not bubbling enough, just add in some more soap solution since the results can vary by brand)

Stir in a few globs of poster colour into each bowl and mix it into the soap solution.

Put your straw into the solution and blow into it to create bubbles. Make sure you don’t suck up any liquid!

Try making big and small bubbles in your bowl by blowing slowly or fast.

Take your paper and gently touch the bubbles with it. You just need an impression of the bubbles so don’t press down too hard.

You can make single or multiple colour snort bubble sheets.

Go ahead and get bubbling! Come back soon for some fun stuff to make with your snort bubble paper.

Snot bookmark

Create your very own snot bookmark as a present for little Princess Mucky!

What you need to get started:

  • Thick sheet of paper
  • A smaller piece of paper in yellow or sickly green
  • Sticky tape or double sided tape if you have some
  • Child safe scissors

Let’s go YEEEW!

Cut out a rectangle of size 5 inches x 1 inch for your bookmark from a thick sheet of paper.

Copy the shape of the glob of snot from the picture shown here onto a sheet of yellow or sickly green paper. Try and make your glob broader that 1inch. You can even cut out two globs, one smaller than the other.

Take some sticky tape and roll it to make it double sided.

Use it to paste your glop of snot onto the top of your bookmark. You could paste two of them like we’ve done in ours.

Fold the bookmark over in the centre like shown. Stick it into your book and go YEEEW! each time you sit down to read.