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.


Delhi turned a lovely shade of Icky, Yucky, Mucky this weekend!

Thank you to everyone in Delhi who was a part of the ickiness this weekend! The lovely folks at Full Circle bookshop, BumbleBees centre with Eureka Books, The Reading Caterpillar library and Pathways School Aravali, thank you for hosting us!

The many many children who made our weekend so very delightful with their laughter, yucks, eews and amazing artwork as they created their splotch monsters, we hope to see more artwork, mucky ideas and comments on our blog and by mailing us at

And to parents who brought their children over for the readings, thank you and may you go YUCK!

To visit a full gallery of pictures (and if you were there probably spot yourselves in them) visit the Icky Yucky Mucky facebook page!


Yoo hoo Delhi! Let’s turn Icky, Yucky, Mucky this April!

Two of the readings – at the Reading Caterpillar library in Nizamuddin and at BumbleBees organised by Eureka Bookstore in GK II need pre registeration. There are limited seats and available on a first come basis. So email/call and book your child a slot!

The Maharaja’s Moochh Cupcake

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 We’ll be thrilled to put them up on this blog!

For cupcake recipes and much more, check out the Purple Foodie blog. The nutella cupcakes look positively messy, delicious, and a sure hit with kids!

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!

An Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi in Chennai too

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.

Click on the link below to know more.

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!