So finally its time to say good bye to winters and welcome the spring with this beautiful festival of colours HOLI.Well honestly if you ask me I am not a very big fan of this festival when it comes to celebrating it in full spirit but I like the essence of the festival.And the very basic element of the festival ‘colours’.Holi is celebrated in India in the early spring and it marks the harvest of wheat.I remember as a child I used to be so excited about it and I used to be always dissatisfied with the amount of colours my mother would buy thinking it would not last till the time my friends would arrive.And every year the colours would last till Diwali Rangoli as we ended up playing with plain water more than colours.Another fond memory I have about holi is the gujia my mother used to make and the dahi vada aunties would send home.
Somewhere between loving this festival to locking myself to avoid getting dirty by spoiling my skin and hair with the artificial colours I grew up.And now when it is my son’s childhood I want him to enjoy this festival to the fullest.So to make this festival fun for him I will be doing few activities with him which will make him love the festival in years to come.Lets get started with the activities which will be fun at the same time all natural yet messy to keep the spirit of holi intact.
My LO is just 16 months and still young to play with the dry colours so I thought of making the colours which we usually make for his sensorial activities as apart of our holi celebration .
Corn Starch Colour
Take a muffin tray or egg tray
Add two table spoon of corn starch
Add some water and food colour.
this is will be a slimy colour for the messy holi fun
Simply add all purpose flour to a tray and add water and food colour.
If you wish to play a dry holi with your little one try adding some besan to the turmeric and use it as a dry colour.
My memory with holi is so much of getting hit by water balloons launched straight from somebody’s terrace to my back.Pacchak. And you look at up but those narrow lanes with so many terrace one after another it was next to impossible to guess whose door I should knock to complain.
Anyways we are not going to throw water balloons but sure we are going to play with balloons filling them with water and our favourite animals.
One of the activities that can be done with kids is hitting the balloons filled with plain water to the wall just like a game of basket ball.And when the balloon burst the surprise is out.
So when we are just honing the skills of our practical life pouring activity what better than a water gun pouring activity.Bring that pichkari and let your little one drench you.
A walk to the park to collect twigs and leaves to make our own mini version of holika dahan a day before holi.In Hindu tradition a bon fire is lit the night before holi to mark the victory of good over evil.
While you take a walk in the nature to collect the twigs and dry leaves don’t forget to enjoy the swings.What better way to welcome spring then a swing.tell your little ones the story of naughty Krishna playing Holi in Vrindavan and enjoying the swings.
6.Blessings from Elders
The importance of raising your child in a environment where they respect their elders is very important.In today’s time making your child realise the importance of every family members in your life is difficult as we stay apart in different geographical location and meeting in every festival or regularly becomes so difficult.But thanks to the advanced mode of communication we can still stay connected.Don’t forget to call or even better give a video call to all the dear ones and let your child have a holi filled with blessings and love.
Wish you a very happy Holi In advance.May this festival of colour add colours to your life and may the rainbow always shine on you.