Bilingual Babies: Holi Fun to Welcome Spring

 We prepared for our Holi Color Fun this year by making our own Holi T-shirts.  This way we can continue to wear them and remind us of all of our Colorful Fun for Holi.  It was literally made in just a few minutes but turned out to be a big hit with both of my girls and also our friends that came to join the fun.  We invited some friends for their very first Holi experience so we wanted to make it memorable. 

We took a plain T-shirts and plain onsies for the babies and fabric paint.  Then we found letters around the house to dip into the paint.  The best size for us were the foam letter we already had for other craft projects.  My daughter dipped her letters in the paint and then placed them onto her shirt.  Once we started the color and water fun she was ready to have fun and get messy! 

We got MESSY and had so much FUN!  Even my 1 year old got into the FUN! 

Holi is a holiday that surpasses our differences and focuses on the oneness of our humanity
~ Generation Ginger

We used Washable Finger Paints for the little ones to help with cleanup.
And made a special bucket for them to play with on water toys and water balloons. 
(Use Caution Balloons are a choking hazards for small children, adult supervision at all times)


Here's a cute version and explanation of HOLI for kids

Background Info
Around the world, Hindus are celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a popular springtime celebrations observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike, celebrating the arrival of Spring, commemorating Krishna's pranks, and allowing everyone a momentary freedom -- a chance to drop their inhibitions and simply play and dance.
You know since we're always putting the Educators' Spin On It. I had to have a Activity to go with it!  So here it is, Make your Holi Color Book!  Celebrating Festivals from other countries is always a great way to connect to that culture and learn about new things! 
Make your Own Family Holi Book of Colors
Create a simple Color Book to remind us of all of our Colorful Fun! 
Draw members of our family, one on each page.  Then write a color word on each page. 
Using a paint brush and water colors, splatter painted each page according to the color.

We've been working on Family Names and Color Words in Hindi so it was the perfect time to use both in our book! 

Here's a book about  HOLI called
Amma, Tell Me about Holi by Bhakti Mathur
~ Applying Colors Across the Globe for Holi ~

Here are some Great Resources for Learning about Holi & India

What is Holi?
Background of Holi & Activities from Putti Prapancha
Holi: A Celebration of Spring from Generation Ginger
Videos of Holi collected by Gnaana
Song about Holi from Holi Festival
Love that this had subtitles in English for Non Hindi speakers like ME...I'm learning!
Activities for Holi
Bubble Paint Virtual Holi at Putti Prapancha
Body Tracing and Paint Splatter from Putti Prapancha
Rainbow Stick for Holi from Mum Paints Lives
Painted Holi Faces Accordion Book from Mum Paints Lives
Rainy Day Chalk at Golden Gleam 
Make your own HOLI letters by Gnaana
Our Holi Friends!

Happy Holi from our Family to yours! 


Roopa Shri said...

Aaah such lovely and colorful photos!! Glad to see you and your family enjoyed this colorful festival. Loved the Holi T shirt:)
Thanks for the links.

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Good Blog Hun !!! Nice Explanation to this wonderful and colorful festival of Holi. Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs are the ingredients to perfect Holi. Holi indeed is a festival submerged in the spirit of unity and harmony. Festivals like Holi bring true meaning to a close knit community.

Also By the way, - Thanks for making it more personal by making HOLI T- Shirts for kids. They look really cute in these T Shirts.

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

The first time my husband actually responds on my blog...YEAH! However he didn't realize our laptop remembers me LOL. Thanks for the kind words and lots of adventures with our children! Our Kindergartner can't wait to wear her Holi shirt and show off her fun with colors. SHOW N TELL this week here she comes!

Rebekah said...

Ahhh, thanks so much for including our chalk play in your Holi post. It looks like you had a fabulous celebration!! It looks like the kids had a blast!

So cute your husband replied on your blog. I'm still waiting for my first comment from mine. ;)

Medea said...

How fantastic! I've never heard of Holi, but love to celebrate spring!

Amanda said...

NO fair! Your hubbie is so sweet =) Maybe he will inspire my hubbie to comment too!!! Looks like you guys had an amazing day =) - Amanda

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

I was so excited he took the time to read it, it's the little things I guess. I hope you and your daughter had a great time celebrating Holi too, I'm sorry you didn't get to take pictures from the Fun at School with Body Paint

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

I'll admit I love him! He's a good husband and a amazing daddy, he's a keeper! It was great fun, I'm sorry you had to miss out.

Leanna @ Alldonemonkey said...

I love this post! Holi seems like a holiday tailor-made for kids, what colorful, messy fun! Thank you for teaching us more about it. Will feature you on our FB page today:

Jill @MomsGoneGlobal said...

Great ideas! An old neighbor of mine used to celebrate Holi with her children and their front porch would be bathed in amazing colors at the end of the day! I will pin this post on my multicultural celebrations board. Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

What a beautiful post!!! I love your kids' smiles- they couldn't be happier:).

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