Discover & Be at home: Indian Summer

Those of you who came along to a session recently will have taken part in our Indian Summer themed activities, which we paired with reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

Here we’ve gathered a selection of activities for you to try at home. Some are super easy and others might need a bit of preparation but all are fun, creative and inspired by the amazing country of India.

Something for the very little ones to start with… making tiger stripes.

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This comes from the LibrarianMade blog and can be done with a minimal amount of resources: principally the coloured paper and some glue. You could develop this activity by cutting out a tiger shape and using it to make a collage or as part of a drawing.

We’ll stick with the tiger theme, and here’s an idea for making a tiger picture with the aid of some hand prints:

The instructions (if you can’t tell how to do it from the lovely picture!) are on the Mommy Maleta website along with some other India-inspired craft ideas.

At our sessions we had some messy fun with tiger shaving foam. This one can also be adapted if you want to make different coloured fun foam. To start you off, here are the instructions from the PlayCreateExplore blog.

Like the tiger stripes activity, this can be developed so you can print using the foam and make a cut out tiger for use in a collage or similar.

With the BBQ season not quite over, you may well have some paper or foam cups lying about. How about making this cute foam/paper cup tiger, courtesy of Kids Activities blog?

They’ve got additional ideas for other safari animals that you could have a go at making too.

Another animal iconic of India is the majestic elephant. Here’s a few ideas of how to use a paper plate to make a selection of elephants:

This is Crafty Morning’s version:

Another version with a more Indian look to it from Whirls and Twirls

And another bejewelled version - this time from Activity Village - which doubles as a mask - great for some imaginative role play! 

These images show the adaptability of this type of activity: you can use what you have at home to decorate whether it’s some sequins, paint, a bit of wrapping paper, googly eyes, etc. You can make your elephant your own!

I love this puppet idea from I Heart Crafty Things. You might have to look around for a larger paper plate than you might normally find (or make it out of stiff card) but it’ll be worth it! This could also make a good fancy dress idea.

Finally, a non-animal related idea: painting with tea-bags! In this case, the author of the article suggests a selection pack of fruit tea bags to give variety of colour and some lovely scents. This a super way to explore the senses as well as be creative at the same time!

We hope you’ve found an activity here that inspires you and your children. Come back soon for more activities on a different theme. Perhaps you’d like to suggest a theme? Email with any ideas you might have!