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.


Favourite characters and genie wishes in DNA YA!

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.

Fingerbowl Sherbet

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!

Roti roll up

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

Let’s roll!

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!

Go naturally splotchy this year for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi!

In this week’s idea for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi, we would love for you to be natural this Holi! Here’s how…

You may have local organisations that create natural colours. In addition to them a wonderful organisation called Ecoexist makes completely natural Holi colours and sells them across many cities in India. Click here for a list of where you can get your natural Rang Dulaar colours.

That’s not all! You can try making your very own colours at home for your water guns.

  • Boil a few marigold flowers in water to get  bright yellow.
  • Soak beetroot overnight in water or boil it to get deep pink coloured water.
  • Mix lemon juice with turmeric into the water for red splashes.

Get set to go naturally splotchy this year!

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.