Grab a copy of the July issue of Child magazine to read a 4 page excerpt from Icky, Yucky, Mucky! We’re delighted that they featured the book in their wonderfully put together magazine alongside all the other interesting articles. A big thank you to everyone at Child.
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
- 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.
The Maharaja of Ickhtarpur loves to drink up the water in his fingerbowl. With temperature soaring across many parts of India, here is our version of a fingerbowl sherbet to cool off with.
- A cup of clean drinking water
- Three tablespoons of rose sherbet (add more to your taste)
- 4-5 mint leaves
- One lemon, cut into quarters by an adult
- One bowl, the size of a fingerbowl
Let’s mix and squish!
Pour the rose sherbet into the bowl.
Tear up the mint leaves, add them into the bowl and squish them with a spoon
Pour in the water.
Squeeze a few drops from a quarter of the lemon into the bowl and then throw in the quarter.
Our icky fingerbowl sherbet with a squeezed out lemon and bits of food floating around is ready!
Lift and drink up!
Join us for a dramatised reading of Icky, Yucky, Mucky! by author Natasha Sharma this Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 12:30pm as a part of the Junior Writers Bug Children’s Literature Festival.
Venue: St. Anthony’s High School, Chembur, Mumbai
To register, please visit the writers bug site.
It has been a while since we put a post up about an Icky recipe. Well, the Maharaja’s hungry now! So do you love to stuff your face with roti like Maharaja Icky? Here’s an easy way to make a great oozy, crunchy snack and stuff your face silly.
What you need to get started:
- One cooked chapatti (have an adult do this for you)
- Tamarind chutney / Tomato ketchup
- Aloo Bhujia
- Teaspoon of chopped coriander
Place the chapatti on a plate and spread two spoonfuls of the chutney or ketchup in a broad line along the centre of the roti.
Sprinkle on aloo bhujia on top of the chutney. You can put however much you like.
Add on the chopped coriander and roll the roti up.
Wrap a tissue around it and chomp away. On second thoughts, forget the tissue…its Icky time!
We had a wonderful bunch of little children squealing with disgust at Kitab Khana bookstore in Mumbai last weekend. We’re now set to turn Mumbai completely Icky, Yucky, Mucky this month. Join us for a reading every weekend of March at a Crossword bookstore near you.