Bubble Wrap Painting and PrintmakingThis is a great activity for some sensory play with texture and colour, and a nice introduction to printmaking. Roll some bubble wrap out onto the floor/table, squirt a few different colours (Crayola Washable paint or Tempura paint easily washes off) onto it and let the hands do the rest. Once happy with the painting, press a white sheet of paper down onto the bubble wrap for a unique print! Have a look at this Childhood101 post for more info.
Mess-free finger paintingLooking for a less messy finger painting option? Try this instead… it’s a great way to learn about how colours mix and form new colours – without the mess! Squirt 2 – 3 separate blobs of colours into a zip-lock bag, zip it shut and sellotape it down (top and bottom) onto a table, or to a window where the light shines through. Get your kids to use their hands to squish the paint about and see how the colours mix together. Use fingers or a q-tip to draw pictures! Find out more about finger painting without the mess on this ehow blog.
Milk, Food Colouring and Washing Up LiquidThis here is a fun activity to try in the kitchen – all you need is some milk, food colouring, washing up liquid, and a q-tip or toothpick. Our Best Bites does a step-by-step guide to conducting this experiment too!
5 Things You Didn’t Know About HoliNow that you’ve got all these activities, here is something to talk to your kids about while you’re having fun with colour:
- Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which is primarily observed in India and Nepal. In later years the festival has spread to become popular in parts of Europe and North America.
- Holi is about bringing people together, and all differences such as class, gender and race are forgotten.
- The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter.
- Holi is a 2 day festival. On day 1 a bonfire is lit to signify the destruction of evil. It is on the morning of the second day that people go outside to celebrate with coloured powder and water.
- It is also known as the Festival of Colour, or the Festival of Love.
PS: We’ve made a special Holi-themed colour-in sheet for your kids. Simply print it off and get Fluffster in the Holi Festival spirit by giving him lots of colour!
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