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!


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.

Wish you a nail-icious Happy Republic Day!

For all our nail nibblers and the good non-nail-nibblers too. Here’s a chance to put your fingers to good use and get them dressed in orange, white and green.

What you need:

  • Acryclic colours
  • Fine paint brushes
  • Scrubbed fingers


Paint your fingers from the knuckles and over your nails in orange, white and green.

Wait for a minute for the paint to dry before you begin painting over it.

We decided to turn the orange into a tiger, for the tiger is India’s national animal (you knew that!)

The white got converted into a cute white mouse. Why? Well that’s what the kids asked for!

And the green turned into a peacock…sort of. It is republic day after all.

So for all those ready to get their fingers all ICKY, take out your paints, grab an older sibling or parent and get them painting.

You could paint other creatures, your family or friends on any day of the year 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.