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!
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
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.
We’ve been burping our way through Mumbai and Delhi over the past few months now and have been delighted to have so many children join us at the readings everywhere. At the end of the reading, we often give the children an opportunity to create their very own Splotch monsters.
They get a paper with either a colourful splotch of paint or some body parts drawn in by the illustrator of the book, Anitha Balachandran. Armed with markers, crayons and a really big imagination, children have amazed us with the variety of monsters they’ve come up with! We caught a few on camera and have set up an online gallery hosted on the Icky, Yucky, Mucky facebook page.
Do click on the link above, browse, comment, caption…be amazed!
An interview with the author featured in DNA YA newspaper in Mumbai this weekend. Click on the picture to read about her favourite character in the book, what Maharaja Icky would wish for if he met a genie and a lot more thoughts on writing.
We were delighted to see Icky, Yucky, Mucky mentioned in an interview with Richa Sethi, an organiser of the recent Junior Writer’s Bug festival in Mumbai, as her five year old’s current favourite book.
An afternoon of whipping up cupcake batter turned into an Icky baking session when it was time to ice the cupcakes! For batter and butter makes for one messy session!
We turned out Maharaja Moochh cupcakes and the boys were so thrilled to munch away on the moustaches.
The girls decided to do a bit messier version of fairy cupcakes and make do for the moment till we get around to a nibbly Maharani cupcake…though those crescent things on top could be nibbled off nails instead of fairy wings!
Calling all parents and children to get inspired, get baking and icing and get clicking. Send us pictures of your creations that are Icky, Yucky, or Mucky to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be thrilled to put them up on this blog!
For those of you in Chennai, head over to the Hippocampus centre on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00am. They are delighted with the book and are holding a dramatised reading of the book for an Icky, Yucky Mucky Holi followed by activities conducted by them.
Mumbaikars, we in the meantime are looking forward to many of you joining the author Natasha Sharma for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi reading and activity at Kitab Khana bookstore at Fort on Saturday, March 4th at 11:30am. Time to go splotchy!