First off, we at Hopster would like to wish everyone a happy Holi celebration! Whether you are familiar with this celebration or are hearing about it for the first time now, we’ve got some great ideas for you and your kids to join in on the celebration – in the most colourful way possible!
Holi is also known as the Festival of Colour, because on this day everyone goes outside and throws coloured powder in the air (and on each other), making it one of the most beautiful and fun festivals that welcomes in the spring. We have found some great activities that teach your kids about colour.
Try out one (or all!) of our suggestions this Holi and let us know how it goes on Facebook!
Bubble Wrap Painting and Printmaking
This 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 painting
Looking 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 Liquid
This 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 Holi
Now 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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