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Holi Powder

Holi Powder

May 16, 2024
Holi - Macquarie Park
Article Written By:
Early Childhood Teacher at Kids Club Collins St.
Diksha is committed to the Regio Emilio approach, dedicated to fostering a love for learning in children through play-based methods, creating nurturing educational environments that prioritise each child’s unique interests and ideas.

Want a colourful way to welcome Spring with your kids? Why not celebrate the season by letting them make their own explosion of colours together with your family or their friends? Holi is a Spring festival that’s hugely popular in India and Nepal. Often called the Festival of Colours, Holi is all about celebrating the start of Spring.

Crafting their own Holi powder adds a personal touch to the festivities, making each throw of colour even more memorable. So, let your kids embrace their creativity, mix up a storm, and let them paint the town red, blue, green, and every colour of the rainbow this Holi!

Items and Equipment Needed

  • 2 cups corn starch
  • 1 cup water
  • Food Colouring (gel works well)
  • Foil pans/ paper cups
  • Bowls
  • Mixing spoons


Put the water in the bowl and add six to eight drops of food colouring. The more colour you add, the brighter the colours will be.

Mix two cups of corn starch with the coloured water. Mix the corn starch and water until it becomes thick. Add additional corn starch as needed to thicken the mixture.

Spread the mixture into the foil pan/ paper cups. Let the mixture dry overnight.

Once the mixture is completely dry, start poking it with a fork, and it will break into powder. If needed, you can use your hands to make a fine powder by pressing the mixture between your fingers.

Repeat the above steps to make additional colours.

Final Words or Additional Information

When kids create their homemade Holi powder, they’re not just adding colour to the celebrations. They’re also having an enriching experience designed to nurture their young minds while embracing the joy of exploration.

Sensory Development:

  • Tactile Stimulation: From mixing cornstarch to feeling the smooth application of the powder, children indulge in tactile exploration and sharpen their senses.
  • Visual Stimulation: Seeing different colours of powder engages the children’s visual senses, enhancing their ability to differentiate different shades and hues.

Cognitive Growth:

  • Understanding Cause and Effect: Seeing how raw ingredients turn into colourful powder helps children understand basic cause and effect.
  • Colour Cognition: Using different colour dyes aids in colour recognition and differentiation in kids.

Fine Motor Skill Development: Whisking, pouring, and spreading powder demands precise motor movements, contributing to the development of essential skills crucial for future tasks like writing.

Scientific Exploration: Mixing cornstarch with natural colours and watching them blend teaches children simple scientific ideas.

Creativity and Artistic Expression:

  • Boundless Imagination: With many colours available, children can express their creative ideas freely.
  • Trying New Things: Making Holi powder at home lets children experiment with different colours and textures.

Environmental Awareness: By opting for natural ingredients over synthetic paints, children learn about eco-friendly alternatives, instilling a sense of environmental responsibility from a young age.

Social and Emotional Development:

  • Sense of Achievement: Making their Holi powder and using it to celebrate gives children a sense of accomplishment.
  • Collaborative Engagement: If done with friends, children can share colours and collaborate on projects, improving teamwork and communication.

Happy Holi, everyone!

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