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!

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.